5 Traveling Pet Peeves

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 1.33.53 PMWe all have our pet peeves when it comes to traveling. Some people are ardent anti-recliners on airplanes, while others hate baggage carousel crowders (you know the ones – the people who make it impossible for you to grab your own bag because they’re three inches from the conveyer belt). Below are seven of our traveling pet peeves. What are yours? Add them to the comments section below.

  1. The stander-upper. This person stands up as soon as the plane lands, even though it’s going to be another 10-15 minutes before we all actually deplane. Bonus points for sticking your crotch in my face while you grab your luggage, bro.
  2. The time waster. It’s the worst when you’re hungry and trying to grab a smoothie or something and you still have to wait in line for 10 minutes before you can even get to the counter. To add insult to injury, the person in front of you hasn’t spent any of this time looking at the menu, rather, she’s been playing Candy Crush, and now that she’s finally made it to the front has realized she better start figuring out what she wants. Ugh.
  3. The small chatter. This is especially true in touristy areas like St. Thomas, but business owners who try to small talk with you in an effort to get the sale. For example, “You’re from Indianapolis? I LOVE Indianapolis.” No you don’t. No one who lives on St. Thomas loves Indianapolis or has any yearning to go back. Stop lying.
  4. The cage-free child. We realize parenting is no easy task, but sometimes we wonder if parents on vacations are even trying anymore when their children are running amok through the museum screaming at the top of their lungs. If they’re going to do that, drop them off at the local IKEA Småland while you grab some Swedish meatballs.
  5. The Ansel Adams. Inevitably, on any trip, you’ll have to pass by someone who is taking a family photo or something. That’s fine, but what’s not is the person who needs to take 20 photos in a row so it’s absolutely PERFECT, making passage by others impossible or awkward. Sorry, friend, but I’m not waiting five minutes for you to finish taking photos.

One Comment on “5 Traveling Pet Peeves

  1. The seat recliner. I know it’s pinched in coach, man, but the only way YOU get extra space is by leaning back into MINE. Leave your damn seat up and deal with it for a few hours. Middle-aged/old white dudes are the worst offenders on this by far.

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