A Few of The Most Annoying Travel Pet Peeves
I recently came across a short travel article the other day about complaints people had while traveling. There were some amazing comments about what annoy people most and what were some of their biggest Travel Pet Peeves. It got me thinking about the topic and what I have experienced over the years traveling to different parts of the world, and some of the things that have annoyed me the most.
So in fun, I decided to create a Top 10 list of my travel own personal pet peeves. Maybe some of these will be yours as well! First, check out this a short video on a few travel annoyances and comments by a travel expert.
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Travel Pet Peeves – Top Ten List
Pet Peeve # 1 … (Rude Customer Service Employees):
My wife and I were dealing with an airline ticket agent at an international airport when checking in for our flight. We stepped up to the check in counter and said hello to the agent. Not only did the ticket agent not respond, she didn’t even look up at us as I handed her my travel documents.
We stood at the counter for at least 20 minutes while she tried to sort out our flight reservation without saying a word. It was obvious she was having computer problems as she eventually had to ask for help from another agent.
After at least 25 minutes, I finally asked her what the problem was and she mumbled something which both of us could not understand.
This person is a customer service agent for a major airline but definitely had no social skills or cared about her customers and/or her job at all! 🙁
Travel Peeve # 2 … (Pulling On My Airplane Seat):
Boy do I get peeved when someone grabs the back of my airplane seat to get up or sit down! Just when I’m relaxing and about to nod off, the person behind me grabs on the top of my seat without any regard for who may be sitting in that seat they are grabbing and tugging on!
Did you know that there is airplane travel etiquette and this does fall under that category as something one should avoid doing? Well there is!
Be mindful of others when traveling in an airplane and do try to follow some simple rules of etiquette. A little common sense goes a long way! As well, if you are traveling in economy, you already know seating is tight, so use a little courtesy on how far back you recline your seat as to not cram the person who is seated behind you. Be sure to check out my previous post on the Reclining Economy Airplane Seat debate. 🙂
Airplane Travel Pet Peeves
Travel Pet Peeve # 3 … (Overhead Airplane Bin Hogging):
How many times have you arrived at your assigned airplane seat to find your overhead bin full? Why does this happen so often and nothing is done about it? Well, first off, more and more people are now bringing carry–on- luggage on board the aircraft with them.
This is because most major airlines now charge a fee for your checked baggage. I can’t blame people for doing so, as I do the same in order to save money and time, plus not having to wait at the baggage carousel’s forever at airport arrivals. The sad thing is that many people simply hog the overhead bins and put their belonging anywhere they choose, not being mindful of others. These people are simply inconsiderate of others and only care about themselves.
Flight attendants do try to monitor this but it is extremely difficult to do.
Pet Peeves # 4 … (Urinating On Toilet Seats):
What on earth are people thinking!
Do they actually do this at home? Perhaps they just do this on purpose to tick people like me off!
Whether it’s a restroom in an airplane, hotel, restaurant or any other public place, nothing ticks me off more than having to wipe off a toilet seat because some yahoo decided to urinate on it. 👿 My word what is the world coming to! I am sure their mother’s taught them differently.
Peeve # 5 … (Smoking in Crowded Places):
Yes, smoking is still allowed in many parts of the world in public places. As a matter of fact, on our most recent Family Holidays to Thailand, we were seated in one of our favorite, but very small and crowded restaurants. It was hot and humid, typical of Thailand with little air circulating in the restaurant on this evening.
A group of tourists seated next to us had just finished their meal when ours arrived. No fewer than six of them immediately lit up without any regard for others enjoying their meal around them. Well everyone became extremely annoyed and started looking over at them. They simply laughed and offered us and other patrons a cigarette. Yikes! 😕
There really should be school credit courses offered to educate these morons on common courtesy!
Travel Pet Peeves # 6 … (People Who Butt In Line):
How many times have you waited in line to board an airplane, bus, train or any other place that requires you to line up and people just start making their own lines up front. Do people really think no one is seeing them or if they don’t look no one will notice? 😯
I recall waiting in line recently to board an aircraft and instead of going forward, I was actually moving backwards getting further and further behind.
I finally gave up, sat down and waited until everyone had boarded the plane. Guess what happened next? My overhead bin on the airplane was full and I had to check my carry-on–luggage with the flight attendant who placed it … somewhere!
When they call for specific rows to board the aircraft, are they just kidding and hoping people will listen?
Pet Peeves During Travel # 7 … (Grumpy Complainers):
Is traveling, especially for those on vacation not supposed to be a relaxing enjoyable experience? Discovering and visiting a different part of the world unlike what you are accustomed to at home? Then why do so many people on holidays expect to be treated and served like they normally would be at home?
I cannot believe how people can treat others so rudely when they are away and visiting foreign countries. One really has to use a great deal of common sense and discretion when treating the people whose country they are visitors in. There are many circumstances that arise that what may be normal for some is not for others in different parts of the world. It is important to recognize this, exercise some patience and act accordingly.
If you are traveling to a foreign country, it does pay to read about the local customs of the people and what you may or may not expect when visiting.
Traveling Peeve # 8 … (Pool Lounge Chair Hogging):
This one seems to be a world – wide problem, one that I have even written an article on called Pool Chair Etiquette. People are actually having physical altercations with others about hogging pool lounge chairs. Pool chair hogging occurs at those nice vacation resorts, on cruise ships and other places where pool lounge chairs are used and abused!
I am sure we are all guilty of putting our towels, books, shoes or whatever on that favorite pool lounge chair. Well this is fine, after all, you are on holidays and have come to relax and enjoy yourself. It’s those people that reserve chairs and never use them for hours on end!
How inconsiderate of others especially if chairs are at a premium and you only reserve the chair for your towel and book to sit on. Shame on you! If you placed items on the chair, make sure you come back within the hour to use it.
As they say … “Use it or Lose it!”
Peeves While Traveling # 9 … (Purchase Meals On Flights):
On a recent economy flight with Thai Airlines, I was amazed by the level of service and what we received on our flight. It was like returning to the days of old when you received hot meals, hot towels, snacks and alcohol beverages all included in your economy class ticket. 😀
Well, you still can with Thai Airlines.
Flying with this airline has resulted in my Number 9 pet peeve.
Why do we have to purchase crummy meals on our already expensive flights?
Flying economy with most other major airlines is now like buying a Greyhound bus ticket! Now you’re lucky to receive a little packet of pretzels with your soft drink, but don’t be surprised if that disappears as well!
Travel Pet Peeves # 10 … (Early Flights):
Flying over the Canadian Rockies
You’ve booked that fabulous all inclusive family vacation to some beautiful tropical resort for a time to rest and relax. But why do they make the flights so darn early, making you have to get up at 3 am to catch that 7 am flight? Just a little pet peeve of mine, when after been up for many hours to catch that flight and about an hour before, you watch the flight crew saunter in looking bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Not that I don’t love going on vacation but sometimes the flight times are outrageous!
There you have it. My top ten list of travel pet peeves. What are your worst pet peeves when traveling?
Just received my latest email addition of etalktravel news and they had a list of Flight Attendants worst pet peeves that I thought would be worth sharing with you.
Try to remember these the next time you fly the friendly skies! 🙂
From poking and grabbing them as they walk down the isle for attention, to handing them their dirty tissues, to getting up and using the washroom at meal times, what are these people thinking? Their job is tough enough serving grumpy people inside a confined space at 30,000 feet!
Do you have travel pet peeve? I would love to hear about it! Please share your peeve with our readers below. 🙂
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