Jan 10, 2014

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The people we love to hate when travelling

There’s always at least one isn’t there? Whether you’re travelling by plane or train, are relaxing at your hotel, or are simply enjoying some casual sightseeing on your holiday, you can guarantee that you will come across at least one mildly (or not so mildly) irritating person to push your buttons.

Here, we round up some of the people who wind us up the most when we travel.

On your flight
1. Restless babies/children

It seems inevitable on a flight that the one baby/child who hates flying will be sat either opposite you or behind you. And as a result, you get to enjoy the majority of the flight listening to said baby/child screaming at the top of their lungs – and no matter whether you listen to music or use ear plugs, it’s impossible to drown out the noise.

Either that or the child behind you is a little over-excited about the flight and insists on kicking you in the back every few minutes just to prove to you that this is the most amazing experience ever!

2. The seat recliner

You know what it’s like. The second (and I mean the second) the seatbelt sign goes off, the person in front of you pushes their seat back, giving a whole new meaning to the word ‘claustrophobia’.

3. Those who ignore the hand-luggage rules

It’s amazing how many people seem to get away with taking an oversized piece of hand-luggage on board a flight. And you then have to watch them desperately try to shove it into the overhead lockers that were obviously not designed for a bag that size!

Either that or they have already boarded the flight before you, have taken up the entire locker space, and you have to park your bag 14 rows back.


On the train

As a seasoned train traveller, I could go on about this one for hours. But I won’t. Instead, here are my top three:

1. The seat hogger

We all like a bit of space, but on a packed train, the one thing that makes many people’s blood boil is the sight of someone sitting in the aisle seat with a spare seat or two next to them and people sat opposite. Try to get past said person with bags/umbrellas/laptops and you’ll find it a struggle. Would it be so hard to just budge up a seat?

2. The pusher/shover

One of my pet hates is the people who push and shove past you onto a train, determined to get that last spare seat. Or, when you’re standing on a crowded train near the door, and that one panic-stricken person tries to elbow you out of the way before you’ve even pulled into the station because they’re so concerned they won’t have time to disembark before the train moves on. But, until the doors open, where exactly are you supposed to move to when you barely have an inch of space to breathe in?

3. The party animals

Ever been on a long train journey with a stag or hen do? If so, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. No matter what time of day or night it is, and whether or not you’re in the ‘quiet coach’, there’s no chance you’ll be able to read a book/have a nap/do some work now.

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At hotels
1. The sun lounger hoggers

No matter how early you get out to the hotel swimming pool, there never seems to be a free sun lounger. And yet half of them are actually empty aside from that random item placed casually on top. Yes, those sun lounger hoggers love to claim their seat with a hat/towel/book/beach bag, only to never actually use it themselves.

Is this seat taken?

Is this seat taken?

2. Families in the restaurant

Nothing’s more irritating than trying to enjoy a quiet breakfast or a relaxing dinner in the hotel restaurant while over-active children run up and down yelping with boredom/joy and the older ones help themselves to ridiculous amounts of food from the buffet. It’s enough to make you want to pack your bags and head home.

3. The slowcoaches

So your holiday has come to an end, you’ve got a flight to catch, the taxi is outside and you just need to check-out. But the couple in front of you are taking what feels like hours to check-in or check-out. They’re not happy with the room, they don’t know why the bill is so high, or they simply want to find out every single thing there is to know about the city in which they are staying.

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When sightseeing 
1. The queue-jumpers

Us Brits are very good at queuing. Head overseas, however, and it’s often a different story. You can be waiting patiently in a queue for a major tourist attraction, following the correct queuing etiquette, only to have a couple of people casually skip in front of you. And then another couple…

2. School parties

Don’t you just hate arriving at a historical site only to discover a coach-load of kids has turned up on their school trip at exactly the same time and now you’ve got to follow them around the site, listening to their incessant babbling? And you thought you were on holiday…

3. Keen photographers

Is it really necessary to take photos or videos at every single landmark? For some people, this certainly seems to be the case. And it’s not just one photo – it’s dozens. They need one on their own, one with their partner, one with their best friend… it’s endless. Meanwhile you have to wait patiently for them to finish snapping away, only to bump into them again two minutes later. Argh!

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What are some of your pet hates when travelling? Tell us in the comments box below.

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