My Five Top Traveling Pet Peeves

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I have had the pleasure, so it seems from stories that I have heard, in rarely being in situations where I am traveling with someone who just grinds on my nerves.

It could be that being the oldest of a million kids – ok, not a million, but a lot – made it very clear to me, right from the start, what are the things that I absolutely must avoid at all cost when traveling with someone.

Now, as a mother who often travels with 4 other people – all of them male – I have also developed a certain level of tolerance, making me an easy traveler, at least to a certain extent.

All that said, there certainly are things that I absolutely cannot stand, and will get on my nerves, when I travel. The list is short, but I am still able to at least share 5 with you here today:

1) People who are rude, to anyone really, but especially to flight attendants, service staff (hotels or restaurants) and traveling families: I have broken off romantic relationships and friendships over this. A person who is rude to anyone offering them a service and a traveling parent with a child? Not someone I would consider very civilized on other aspects of their lives, let alone someone I would want to be with. Entitlement plays a huge role on this as well, something which as a travel blogger, I am sadly often exposed to often.

2) Lack of consideration for other people’s time: It is so incredibly important to be considerate of others when traveling with them of what the agreed upon schedule is. It is better to decline in participating in something, than showing up late or keeping everyone waiting. I personally like to discuss expectations ahead of time: Do I want to sleep in? Do I want to explore on my own? Do I plan on meeting up with other people or make my own plans? Being realistic and honest with both yourself and the person who is either accompanying you or hosting you is both fair and the most considerate approach there is.

3) People who insist on schedules: I think that it’s important to have some kind of plan, but I hate traveling with anyone who insists on following set schedules and isn’t open to maybe venturing down a curious road or stopping unexpectedly to try something new. Granted, as stated above, a respect for already scheduled plans is important – but flexibility is also always appreciated and useful to fit in the adventures that travel often brings.

4) Messy, dirty roommates: I don’t often share rooms with other people for this very reason. Most people feel that when they are on vacation, they should be free to toss everything, everywhere and not worry about cleanliness and such. I, however, don’t function well with too many things thrown about and tend to start loosing things when surrounded by chaos. I guess, the solution is, when agreeing to share a room with someone, agree to not be messy or dirty out of courtesy.

When it comes to shared space, I prefer not to be buried in other people’s clutter.

5) Smokers in a shared bedroom or car: Not really bothered by smokers anywhere else where they are free to smoke, but in the room I plan to rest my head or a car we are sharing? Yeah, not so much. I recently stayed in a room often reserved for smoking guests and it was awful for me. I think it would be the one thing that I could never force myself to endure. Nor, should anyone have to.

I would definitely consider 1) the biggest offender and quite possibly the most common, which is unfortunate. So many people work hard to make our traveling experiences the best that they can be. Even when there are the very few who don’t seem to care, there are so many others who do, and who rely on these jobs to sustain and feed their families. Their servicing ours needs and catering to our experiences merits no less respect from us than we receive from them. And tipping should never be an option, especially if the service was great, and should always be budgeted into any travel budget. Courtesy and kindness is always the footprint we want to leave behind, no matter where we go near or far from home.

What are your travel pet peeves?

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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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12 Responses to My Five Top Traveling Pet Peeves

  1. OneBrownGirl says:

    Note to self: Be sure to tidy up in London so I don't get the side-eye from Carol. *giggle*

  2. Carol Cain says:

    @ OneBrownGirl:

    No pressure! LOL!

  3. Amen on the smokers in shared spaces. Even if the smoker was there a while ago, the smell lingers on the walls and carpet and still makes me sick! Oh and I'm with Tracey, clean and tidy all of London! 🙂

  4. Carol Cain says:

    @ April D. Thompson:

    Smokers. YUCK.

  5. Wifey says:

    Great list!

    And, eww to the smokers. I'm a former smoker – 13 years rid of the nasty habit – and I can't stand the smell of it.

    Winks & Smiles,

    Wifey

  6. Carol Cain says:

    @ Wifey:

    Congratulations! I know a lot of people who have tried or are trying to give up. It's not an easy addiction to let go of. Kudos to you!

  7. Michaela says:

    Messy room mates are the worse! Especially in small spaces like a cruise ship cabins. And good point about smoking in shared spaces. I often catch myself trying to hold my breath in between puffs of the cigarette. It's ridiculous!

  8. AngelQT says:

    You are preaching to the choir with that second one! I can't take it when people do not keep others in mind while traveling and in general. I'm getting upset just thinking about it. Grrr!!

  9. Carol Cain says:

    @ Michaela:

    Hahaha! I get it!

  10. Carol Cain says:

    @ AngelQT:

    You know it!@ Carol Cain:

  11. Monique says:

    I am currently in the midst of a messy roommate situation, and it ain't pretty. You would think that the army of ants that matched into the kitchen when they left the dirty dishes and food on the counter would be a clue…

  12. Carol Cain says:

    @ Monique:

    Oh my. That's the worse! So sorry you are going through that : /

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