My Travel Pet Peeves
As you guys know I absolutely love to travel and see new places, experience new things and learn about other places. But just like most people that travel I also have a couple of travel pet peeves that can kind of ruin the whole experience of travelling. Recently, I took a poll/survey on what I should blog about or what posts I should write on and this was one of the suggestions and I thought it was a good idea so I decided to write about it. Here are my travel pet peeves and how I deal with them:
I’m plant based so that makes finding food during travel a bit more difficult and complicated and it does not help that I have a bunch of allergies. And of course airplane food is not always the best. I tend to find it a bit bland and it has that airplane food taste- I don’t know how to describe it but it just has this very specific taste and smell that kind of makes me nauseous. It’s also difficult to find vegan food in certain airlines. It can all be a bit frustrating and it can end up being a hassle when you do decide to travel.
Therefore, there are two things I like to do to help deal with this. Firstly, I do a lot of research and find out what airlines or whatever form of travel I choose to go buy offers vegan options. I also like to do research in advance and find out that the place I am planning to travel to has vegan options because not all places are very vegan friendly.
Next, I also like to make sure that I carry some food with me. For example, if I am going on a long flight where I know I will get hungry I try to pack a meal that is easy to carry with me or at the very least I try to carry some snacks like some Clif bars or a pack of chips or something.
One thing I hate that really gets on my nerves are delays. It’s especially annoying when you have to catch a connecting flight because you need to get there by a certain time. Honestly though, delays are kind of a part of travel and as annoying as they can be they are inevitable because you can’t really control the time, weather or external factors that may cause delays. The best thing to do is be prepared for them.
I would highly recommend not booking flights that are really close together. Instead have a couple of hours in between flights in case one of them gets delayed. Also, always keep an extra pair of clothes and some other necessary items with you in case you are forced to spend the night at your stop over city/country/state.
I like people in general but let’s be honest. There is nothing like a really long flight with crying babies, arguing adults and loud sleepers to make you hate humanity. Travelling is great and you will end up meeting lots of awesome people but you will also end up meeting some of the worst people ever. Like seriously EVER.
To deal with this what I like to do is always have headphones with you to drown out the noise and keep a book or books with you that you can read so as to tune out what is going on around you. I know these don’t fix everything but they do help a lot.
I have been very lucky to have mostly dealt with really great people while travelling but once in a while you do run into really rude people who are working for the airline or whatever form of travel you are taking. Unfortunately, since they usually control a lot of stuff to do with your travel you are kind of forced to be the bigger person and just stay calm as much as possible.
The best way to combat this is to remain patient and not lose your temper. Try to keep calm and talk to them as politely as possible. If you feel like this is still not going anywhere try to talk to someone else who seems more friendly or helpful.
Dirty bathrooms are such a travel pet peeve of mine and they are so often unavoidable when travelling especially when you travel by plane. For me, the best way to deal with this has been to make sure I always carry a bunch of hand sanitizer, wet wipes and lots of tissues with me when I travel.
Do you like to travel? Do you travel often? What is one place you really want to travel to? What are some of your travel pet peeves? How do you deal with these travel peeves?
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