What Irks Me About Traveling

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What Irks Me About Traveling

Today, I realized that I am somewhat of a strange bird. I love to travel, but there are limits to that infatuation that I’d not considered. I love all the things that make traveling special. I love knowing that when I finally reach my destination, there will be merriment and joviality not far behind. However, I detest the act of traveling….not necessarily, the packing, research or any of the precursors of getting to your destination. It is the act of fighting through local traffic in a desperate attempt to put as many miles between you and your home base as possible. Or standing in long lines during check-in as punishment for being unable to have reached some fancy tier on an airline’s FF program.

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I hate going through TSA checkpoints and dealing with the various attitudes and platitudes being served up at nearly every airport that you must pass through. I hate having to answer questions that will put the questioner’s mind to rest that I don’t plan to commandeer the airplane as soon as it takes off. I hate having to deal with rude passengers and increasingly ruder airline personnel before, during and sometimes after the flight. It’s all a hassle…..but as soon as I have made my way to ground transportation after waiting what seems like an eternity for my battle-scarred luggage to make its way to me on the carousel, I feel renewed.

At least long enough for me to high tail it to ground transportation to find that carriage that will whisk me away to the safe confines of my hotel, hostel, cabin or wherever I can manage to slip off my shoes before my feet expand to enormous proportions.  Then I ponder if removing my shoes will only make matters worse and finally I’ve reached the point of just not caring.  In my eagerness to discover my new surroundings, there’s only enough time to place my valuables in the room safe, grab my purse and card key as I jettison out the door.

Though I may rent a car or take the subway, bus or train, I see the world clearer as a pedestrian. Walking allows you the luxury of stopping in your tracks and admiring the view. Fast paced tour buses have a schedule to adhere to so if anything catches your eye it quickly becomes a distant memory. Once you’ve discovered the roads less traveled by tour companies you’ve uncovered the proverbial pot of gold. The exception to this is private tour guides or hop on/hop off tour buses that allow you more freedom to see the sights on your own terms.

Nevertheless, communing with residents are a likely occurrence when you set about to discover a city on your own. For me, I don’t feel that I’ve genuinely experienced a destination unless I’ve eaten, walked, shopped and chatted where the locals do every day. There’s a vivid authenticity in experiencing a city devoid of public relations filtered puffery. If you are more likely to find out what makes a city tick from people who are in the know and without a financial agenda in tow.

Once I am firmly immersed in my new city, enjoying the vivid imagery, the pungent sounds, the beautiful vistas that make this spot unique among any other in the world……it more than makes up for the trouble it took to get there.  So, what are you waiting for?  Start dreaming now.

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Renee King
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21 Comments
  • low cost travel
    Posted at 02:43h, 03 May Reply

    I agree that travelling can be such a hassle at times. However, once you arrived at your destination, you will realize that it’s always worth all the trouble!

  • Ruth
    Posted at 15:40h, 03 May Reply

    Renee,
    Traveling is getting out of your comfort zone. Yes, we all need to go thru some experiences we don’t like but the rewards are worthwhile (like you point out at the end of the article). In my case, I hate to fly. However, I know I have to go thru the experience before arriving to a new place.

  • candice michelle
    Posted at 14:37h, 04 May Reply

    One of the best things in life is to travel! Especially on places with breath- taking tourist destinations, and the best part is the hospitable people around.

  • Shane
    Posted at 20:39h, 06 May Reply

    There are definitely a lot of places or countries that I really want to explore. But there are tons of things that I need to consider first before doing these things. I’m hoping that I could be able to travel and visit the beautiful places that I’ve been wanting to explore for years now.

    So where’s your next destination? Thanks for sharing this one.

  • Carol Stevens
    Posted at 05:15h, 07 May Reply

    Long queues in the airports irritate me as well. Plus, there are belligerent people who won’t cooperate and would just cut the line. I hate them. Then that would be a start of a new annoyance.

  • Robert
    Posted at 09:23h, 07 May Reply

    I totally agree with you! I love travelling as well but I can not stand packing my staff, standing in a queue to catch the flight and meeting tourists from other countries (especially italians and spanish people: too rude and noisy!)

  • Pam M.
    Posted at 12:36h, 07 May Reply

    I love traveling as well. But the downside that I see in traveling is when you have to return to your old life after living in a paradise. lol. Where do you usually travel?

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Pam

  • Martin
    Posted at 16:54h, 09 May Reply

    Travel is one of life’s most enlightening experiences!

  • Paul
    Posted at 03:16h, 11 May Reply

    Hi Renee,
    I am passionate for travel and travel is true teacher of my life. I got lots of valuable experience from my several journey. Last one pic is too much adorable.

  • Maryden25
    Posted at 11:26h, 11 May Reply

    Hi Renee! I love your photos here! And I was terrified with the train full of passengers! Is this true? Well.. I love travelling as much as I love eating.. But I travel only during non-vacation season in order to escape from more passengers in the airport!

    • Renee
      Posted at 19:16h, 18 May Reply

      HA….we are so fortunate that our travel is not quite as congested….so I guess everything is indeed relative. I like traveling off season too.

  • Jeremy Branham
    Posted at 01:36h, 18 May Reply

    Like you I love to walk and don’t always like the different aspects of traveling. I love train travel. However, I don’t care much for airplanes. I do like some airports but I hate all the crowds and hassle. Traveling can be a pain but travel is awesome!

    • Renee
      Posted at 19:14h, 18 May Reply

      Exactly, Jeremy…..the headaches makes it all worthwhile. lol

  • Simon P
    Posted at 03:45h, 01 June Reply

    I hate long lines, too. It’s probably the most infuriating thing about travel. I find myself muttering “bloody tourists” under my breath even though I’m a tourist as well! In my experience immigration lines are by far the longest in Britain and the US.

    • Renee
      Posted at 09:24h, 01 June Reply

      I hear you, Simon. The thing about long lines that infuriates me the most is the attendants’ laissez-faire attitude while they work. It’s just considerate to make the lines go as quickly and smoothly as possible. Sometimes, I think they are power tripping because they know that we are literally at their mercy. lol

  • Magic Travel Tanya
    Posted at 22:18h, 03 June Reply

    For me, it is when you talk to a driver – bus, tuk tuk, taxi and you say exactly where you want to go, you have the address written in the local script and everything. and then, they decide to take you somewhere else. I mean, come’onnnn! I am paying you more money than what you should actually be getting and now you want me to stay in your place, eat at your restaurant, shop at your shop so you can get more money from me… bah bow.

    that’s it. that’s my only real irk.

    oh and travellers who walk around the streets of Cambodia and Thailand etc barefoot. Gross. There is raw sewerage!

  • Nicholle Olores
    Posted at 02:06h, 08 June Reply

    One of the things I hate so much when traveling is fall in line with a long lines. I suppose to get bored easily if that is the case. Much better to have your own car and have some travel.

  • Ryan Henderson
    Posted at 06:31h, 12 June Reply

    Travelling is a great way to explore the world, it’s just getting there that is the problem. For me walking is much better to explore a city. You can go to the places you want, stop and relax, and even change your schedule rather than having to follow a strict routine with a tour operator.

  • Chris
    Posted at 03:37h, 19 June Reply

    The hassle and bustle is part of the adventure. You wouldn’t really feel it if you’re with a company of fun loving friends.

  • Martin Cooney
    Posted at 00:26h, 29 June Reply

    My wife and I love travel as well, Renee.
    I’m always saying to her that worse part of travelling is the travel 🙂
    I’m great once I get to where we’re going but it’s the painful airflight, the delays in the airports, the intrusive inspections, the airplane food.

    I need a transportation device to whisk me to another country and remove the travel from the travel hahaha

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