Travel is awesome, for sure. But, like anything else, it definitely has its annoyances. Here are eight things that I find particularly annoying and awkward about jetting off on adventures…
1. The constant fear of forgetting your passport
The amount of times I check I’ve got my passport is legitimately ridiculous. Leaving the house, on the way to the station, on the train, five minutes later on the train, walking into the airport…pretty sure forgetting anything else would be fine. But if you’re going abroad, it’s a pretty necessary thing.
2. Price changes
‘OMG £50 return to Barcelona? SO IN!’. Five minutes later: ‘£260 one way? WTF IS THIS?!’. Flights changing prices is SO annoying – and always seems to be as soon as you’ve booked the weekend off work. The top tip – always clear your cache if you’re searching for flights.
3. Getting to the airport
Walk, tube, train, terminal transfer…despite the excitement of I’M GOING ON HOLIDAY Y’ALL, I do hate the effort of actually getting to the airport. Once I’m there, I’ll happily chill with a bellini but airports are definitely more car-friendly than for us non-driving types. Constant time checking, extreme delays paranoia. So much stress. Unless you buy a bottle of prosecco for it, at least…
4. Losing my sunglasses
Seriously, I’m awful for this. On my recent USA trip, I had to buy two new pairs as I kept losing them. I think I need one of those glasses chains or something, I swear.
5. Unexpected extra payments
Recently I rocked up to a hotel in Miami that was booked and paid for. At the desk, I was asked for $17 to cover breakfast and little extras. Uh, no? I paid for the room, that’s all I want to pay for, thanks. And now I can’t afford to buy a cocktail tonight. Thanks guys. Thanks.
6.The dreaded middle seat on the plane
TFW you can’t check in online and you end up experiencing middle seat grief. No cool view, still can’t get out to go to the loo when you’re neighbour’s snoozing. What’s even the point?
7. That thing you forget to pack
For some people it’s toiletries, or a plug adaptor, or anything remotely useful. For me…well, let’s just say last time I landed in the States, I had to head to Wal-Mart for a multipack of pants pretty sharpish. Whoops.
8. Not understanding the public transport system
Rocking up to a tiny tram stop in Antwerp where there seems to be no ticket machines, but everyone else has tickets. HOW DID YOU GET THAT? Except, they don’t speak a word of English. Then you stand by the doors that don’t open. And feel like a silly foreign fool.
What are your biggest travel gripes?
*Post written in collaboration with CheapFlights. All travel fails my own.