While traveling is an incredibly amazing thing to do as a whole, like anything in life, it also has its odd flaws.
Nothing is perfect, right?
And I happen to be the type of person who likes things to go my way, according to my – sometimes mysterious – set of rules. I like certain things done a certain way, and altogether hate other things too. Like what, you ask? For example…
- Airports and packing: for someone who travels so much, I can’t possibly explain how much I hate getting to/waiting at airports and packing, especially when flying budget airlines. Despite having boarded a plane over 50 times, I still can’t get used to take-off and landing, and the idiotic plastic bags for my innocent 150ml liquids.
- Early check-out / Late check-in: I like my beauty sleep to not be interrupted by a wake-up call from the front desk clerk, who basically means GTFO despite a sugary-sweet tone.
- Crowds: studies say that large crowds have the average IQ of a 5 year old. And I don’t like children. Or stupid people.
- Groups of people that take up the entire width of the sidewalk and can’t seem to walk faster than a turtle high on pot.
- When the taxes and fees of a plane ticket are more expensive than the ticket itself.
- People who call every city “The Venice of…” every time there are canals.
- No photography in landmarks: as an amateur photographer, that one annoys me to no end. I know it’s only because of mindless tourists that use their flash to snap a 600 years old painting, and I understand the reasons behind this rule, but I still hate it. And I WILL try to swiftly take an incognito shot when given the opportunity.
- People who take photos of landmarks with their iPad: Sorry if you’re that person and we’re friends. If I ever see you do that, I will judge you and walk away from you until you put it away.
- Paying for WiFi: I consider WiFi just as essential to my survival as water and air (sadly, I’m only half-joking). And yes, I’m that annoying person hanging by the door at Starbucks trying to get WiFi signal.
- People who wear toe shoes/Crocs in public.
- Paying for water: possibly worse than paying for WiFi. I just don’t understand the logic of paying for water in restaurants in countries where tap water is perfectly drinkable. When faced with that situation, I either walk out… or order wine.
- Sticky hot weather: I’m Canadian. I was born during a snowstorm. I’ll gladly take a -40C over a +40C anytime! No wonder my favorite season to travel is autumn…
- Shower curtains in hotels: I may be an idiotic housewife, but I can never get my own shower curtain pristine and absolutely clean. And I wonder if it’s just me, or if shower curtains are never entirely free of dirt. Hence why I stay as far as possible from them in hotels.
- The non-queuing culture: To me, queuing is just as important as saying hello with a sincere smile, and saying thank you (Canada was colonized by the British at one point, after all). Therefore I get very irritated when people steal the spot I’ve been waiting for, even though I rationally know it’s just a cultural thing. I still hate it.