When we think about past trips, we usually remember the good and forget the bad. It’s a case of looking back through rose-coloured glasses. But when it comes down to it, travel can be gruelling, frustrating and disappointing. Here are just 20 annoying things about travel. Maybe it’s time to dump the bucket list and just stay home!
1. Airfare Add-Ons
TIP: Complaining on social media will make you feel better.
2. Airport Security
TIP: Smile. Tell them your hip replacement story one more time, with gusto!
3. Customs and Immigration
TIP: Don't complain. Smile. But don't look creepy. And don't discuss politics!
4. Bad Weather
TIP: Hop on social media and become a citizen journalist.
5. The Pictures Don’t Match the Reality
TIP: Leave the resort and find your own adventure.
6. Tummy Troubles
TIP: Only eat street food at crowded stalls.
TIP: Take the bare minimum and use your trip as an excuse to go shopping.
TIP: Ask about renovations, especially if travelling off-season.
9. Roaming Charges
TIP: The second you book your trip, get a roaming data package or better yet, get a SIM card for the country you're going to.
10. Sky-High Airport Prices
TIP: Buy your gifts, snacks, water and books before you arrive at the airport.
11. Annoying Fellow Passengers
TIP: Get an aisle seat (so you can easily bolt to an empty seat) and hope for the best.
TIP: Keep your eyes peeled for travellers who appear out of their element or confused and avoid.
TIP: Ask them to move their seat forward a bit. Be polite and hope that they're reasonable. If not, you can always start kicking their seat.
14. Parents Who Don’t Parent
TIP: Business class.
15. Smartphone and Tablet Battery Life
TIP: Bring a power bank or two.
16. Stinky Food on a Plane
TIP: Pack swimmer's nose plugs.
17. Bank/Credit Card Problems
TIP: Bring a backup ATM card, credit card and cash. US currency is best.
18. Lack of Public Toilets
TIP: Make a mental note of the nearest McDonald's or Starbucks. And never pass one by.
19. Crappy WiFi
TIP: Leave the computer at home and bring a good book.
20. Armrest Hogs
TIP: Use your lightning-fast reflexes when a transgressor moves their arm for a second.