Five Travel Pet Peeves You Should Get Over

Travel pet peeves

Travel Pet Peeves © Patryk Kosmider

Ah, the joy of travel. The opportunities to experience new cities and cultures, capture beautiful landscapes and architecture, try new foods, learn about history and art, engage in fun or relaxing activities, and get away from life.

Just a few reasons people love to travel. Yet travel has its share of stresses. Travel pet peeves can add just a slight damper to the vacation bliss.

In the most simplistic terms, a pet peeve can be defined as a minor, yet continual annoyance. We all know these are not the life-altering stresses. Just incidents that can make you a little cranky or irritable when they happen. We experience them in many areas of our lives, and for those who travel, pet peeves can creep up there, too.

Pet peeves emerge during various points while traveling, but for the most part, the actual travel part itself produces the most pet peeves. The logistics. The getting there. And many of those occur during the airport and flying portions.

1. Carry-ons.

Everything about them. Too big, too small, too many. I know this is probably a common travel pet peeve, especially since they started charging for checked luggage. Now to avoid that fee, people cram everything into a carry-on. I wonder how some of them even get through. I know I have seen bags at the gates that do not fit into that little metal wired box that the bag is supposed to fit inside of.

Or some people take up space in the overhead bins for items they can fit underneath the seat. Often times delaying take off while the flight attendants try and play Tetris with all the baggage.

2. Lack of Seatmate Etiquette

Whether it is screaming kids kicking the seat, Chatty Cathy, armrest invasion, or loud talking, there are some travelers who don’t get the etiquette of sitting next to someone in tight quarters. Just because we happened to randomly get assigned to sit next to each other doesn’t mean I need to be your therapist.

I know this sounds harsh, and sometimes I am interested in what you have to say. However, I don’t care to hear your cell phone conversations that you squeeze into every last second before the flight attendant has to personally point you out. “Sir, you REALLY need to turn that off.”

3. Security Line Ignorance.

Security Travel Pain

This is on both sides: the TSA and the passengers.

TSA: If I have .03 ounces of water left in my water bottle, please let me drink it and not make me go to the end of the line again. Common sense. I know TSA has rules and they have probably lost any sliver of patience dealing with hostile travelers all day who have to go through this agonizing cattle march. But we don’t like it much either.

Passengers: Come prepared. The rules are posted on signs at various spots along the serpentine line you plod through. Remove your liquids. Three ounces. Take off your shoes. Remove your laptops. Don’t wait until the last second and then frantically struggle through the protocol because you weren’t mentally preparing while you were in line.

4. Hidden Fees and Taxes.

Hotel fees, rental car taxes, airline fees, oh my. Don’t you love when rental car agencies advertise for “only $19.95 a day” and then you realize that this only applies tor a three wheeled moped on the second Tuesday of the month between the hours of 11:45 and 12:30 in the afternoon? And that is before taxes, and other “miscellaneous” fees. You walk out of there spending $110 for a three day compact rental.

This is also true for hotels, airlines, and resorts. A Passenger Facility Charge? Hotel Room Occupancy Tax?  Enough said.

5. Ethnocentrism.

It bothers me when I see Americans being oblivious to other cultures. I shouldn’t zero in on Americans, but sometimes I feel we are the most ignorant when it comes to international travel.

Rude people in general are a pet peeve of mine, but when I see rude behavior because of lack of cultural sensitivity, it annoys me. Hence, ethnocentrism: pet peeve. It is a great big world, with so much to offer in different, fascinating ways. Respect that. And you will enjoy your travels with far less dirty looks.

I may come across as the know-it-all supreme traveler. I’m not, and I don’t mean to come across that way. But when you are writing about pet peeves, it is hard to be all hearts-and-flowers like.

Truthfully, I am just trying to be humorous. Although the combination of several of these pet peeves can puncture the joy of travel, the best thing to do is just accept them and move on. Sighing loudly, demanding to see a manager, or cursing will probably only further deflate your happy travel mood. You don’t want that to happen. Life’s too short.

9 Responses to Five Travel Pet Peeves You Should Get Over

  1. Aaaah. Hidden fees. When your $80 airline ticket turns into a $380 airline ticket. LOL

    Great post!

    OneBrownGirl August 14, 2012 at 10:16 am Reply
  2. What I don’t get about the ignorant on the security line is their level of ignorance. There are signs posted telling you want to do. The agents walk up and down advising you want to do and then some folks get on the line and try to walk through with their jackets and cardigan on. Neglect to empty their pockets of the keys to their whole lives and leave their belt on and act surprised when they beep.

    Or they move with the speed of a snail, when they get up to the bins like there aren’t a snaking line of people looking to go through the scanners. I know when I’m moving slowly to let the person behind me go ahead but some folks are space hogs and just refuse to let anyone ahead of them. Grrr

    Yes you are right, a post about pets peeves will not be all hearts and flowers because you are reflecting on the things that sometimes makes travel irksome.

    But these things don’t keep me from traveling. :-)

    ladylittlefoot August 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm Reply
    • =0 They don’t stop me either! As the title says “get over it!” Thanks for your comments!!

      Julie August 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm Reply
  3. Great list! Hidden fees are the WORST.

    Winks & Smiles,

    Wifey August 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm Reply
  4. If I have to give a single reason for why flights take so long to board, I’m blaming the carry-on. People jostling over space, attempting to fit luggage in those small compartments. And then you have those whose carry-ons are too large and they are able check them under the plane for free. REALLY!?! Can’t believe they let folks get away with it. LOL!

    Michaela August 16, 2012 at 10:49 am Reply
    • I know, maybe at some point things will go back to the way they used to and they can make up the profit another way – I am sure there is another “hidden fee” they could sneak in somewhere. =)

      Julie August 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm Reply
  5. Oh, ethnocentrism. It is the downfall of humankind, and more so for Americans. Good to know that there are other Americans out there who try to “see themselves” for the ethnocentric beings that they truly are. 😉

    AngelQT August 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm Reply
    • LOL! I think the more of the world you see, the less ethnocentric you become. This is probably true for others cultures as well. =)

      Julie August 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm Reply
  6. I couldn’t agree with you more on the last two! I hate hidden fees, in all walks of life, they’re just so… pathetic. As for ethnocentrism, why can’t people just have a little respect for other people’s cultures? That’s one of the biggest joys of traveling for many of us I’m sure.

    Jessica - Travelling Alone October 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm Reply

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