As I’m out trying to successfully drive on the opposite side of the road, I thought I’d go over some of my travel pet peeves for this week’s Travel Tuesday. Almost all of these are some variation of ignoring common courtesy. Being aware, patient, and just generally nice makes everyone happy, happy, happy.
In this day and age, most people have either flown before or have some idea of how flying works thanks to media. Even making allowance for the small percentage of newbies in a security line, I have to assume that the majority of people have some idea of what to do. Even if they are indeed clueless, there are signs everywhere! So how is it that people still think that it’s okay to take a 48oz bottle of lotion or a sharp object resembling a knife? I understand that there are different restrictions depending on the country you are in, but I’ve generally found that if you play it better safe than sorry, navigating security can be a quick and relatively painless process. I, however, inevitably seem to get behind the “security slowpokes” with the full water bottles or the lace-up thigh-high boots. Pay attention people! A little attention and maybe just a tiny bit of planning ahead can really make all the difference in the security lines.
I have mixed emotions about traveling with children. On the one hand, no one enjoys a screaming baby anywhere, but on the other, should I ever have children I would want them to travel with me. So I try to be fairly patient with children-on-travel. However, I genuinely hope I never lose sight of how other people may feel about my child kicking the back of their seat for 6 straight hours, or taking objects out of people’s purses in line, or screaming/hitting/etc. random strangers. This applies everywhere from planes to museums. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to be a parent, but I’ve seen children with good travel habits so I know it can be done. Occasional mishaps are inevitable, but please remember that an apologetic look and/or an apology goes A LONG WAY!
Back to airports…have you ever noticed how rude people can be when it comes time to get off of the plane? If you have 15 minutes to make your connection across the airport, I understand the urgency. Tell me you need to go and ask me nicely to move or wait and I will do so happily – we’ve all been there. But don’t just recklessly start shoving your way down the aisle – that’s just not cool. If you don’t have anywhere to be in a hurry, be patient. That terminal isn’t going anywhere and it is bad travel karma to just be mean for the hell of it.
I love my camera. I love taking pictures. I love finding new angles of looking at something I may have seen before through a lens. However, I always try to be respectful of other people that may share that passion. If I’m in a crowded location, I take my turn with the subject and then move aside. I check to see if I got my shot and either move on or take another turn. I do not sit there and take a thousand photographs then proceed to check them, discuss their merits with my ten friends, and call National Geographic to see if they have an opening thereby preventing everyone else from having a go. It’s just rude. Don’t walk in front of a lens and for heaven’s sake don’t think you can hold up a busy walk through for 30 minutes trying to get a family photo. I can certainly appreciate the need to take your time, but some efficiency has to be taken into consideration as well.
I should start by saying that this applies to both tourists and locals. If you’re traveling to a different country especially, take some time to learn about the local culture. Don’t drink too much, don’t yell, and please don’t utter the phrase “but in my country…” Just no. And likewise, if you are dealing with tourists in your local area, don’t make fun of them (unless they’re being an obnoxious tourist). Think about how you would feel if you were in their situation in their country. Be nice. It’s good karma all around.
What are your travel pet peeves??