As part of the Travelling Brown Girls Blog Carnival, I wanted to take the opportunity to share my top travel pet peeves.
Travelling is rarely a completely stress-free affair – below are my top five peeves.
Travel and a delayed flight
It’s never nice to be at the departure lounge, keen to get on board for your flight before a voice over the tannoy announces that there is a delay.
- a volcanic ash-cloud from Iceland – we were supposed to be en-route to Dublin) when this happened 😦 – the whole trip had to be cancelled and rearranged.
- miscalculation of fuel when returning from Morocco – the flight departed and had to land mid-journey to refuel.
- a power fault on the plane from Jamaica resulting in no air ventilation. Having already boarded, all passengers had to be removed and shuttled back to the departure lounge for a three hour wait with no communication during the wait. Hence angry and frustrated passengers and a lot of mosquito bites in the process. I managed to later get a flight refund.
- the best of them all, simply that there is no reason for the delay other than that there is a hold-up. Big inconvenience and a certain annoyance to all.
Travellers that don’t attempt to learn some of the local language
I have always considered travel to be something that can develop and broaden most, if not all minds. So, embrace the chance to learn some of the language and a bit about the people of the land. Even simple greetings such as ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ can make all the difference to the reception that you will receive from local people. Nobody expects you to be fluent (although that’s great too!). Just try. 🙂
Try the local food – it’s a reflection of the country and its people
Certain blog posts on the ‘Ad-lib Traveller’ may have given away the fact that I am a foodie. A proud one at that. I love food and enjoying new ingredients that can be taken from destinations and incorporated to my own cooking. With my partner being an ex-chef, we tend to explore the foodie aspect of the all places that we visit with two of our favourites (so far) being in Thailand and Marrakech.
Mosquitoes (and any other biting insects)
No matter the country or the brand of mosquito spray, I always, absolutely always get bitten. I try covering up during the evenings, sleeping with a mosquito net over the bed, cooling the room down with the A/C (for a few minutes only) as much as possible with little to no joy. As my mother says, “the blood must be sweet”!
Leaving to return home
After a fantastic holiday building lots of fun and exciting memories, it is always a sad time to have to leave. I love my home and being in the UK but travel really does leave me wanting more each and every time.
That just about completes my list, let’s hope that the next trip is hassle free!
Have you encountered any experiences that have left you with a ‘pet peeve’ regarding travel?