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Travel related Pet Peeves

RS's latest posting about his pet peeves while traveling was interesting, and several hit home with me:

Hotels that save a few bucks by serving orange drink rather than orange juice, and skimp on light-bulb wattage.

Hotels that put a decorative footboard on their beds, robbing good sleep from guests like me who are over six feet tall. (I will add this also makes it harder to sit on the end of the bed.)

I disagree with him about the roller bags on cobble stone streets. While I am sure it is a nuisance, I think that is the price people pay to have all those tourist dollars injected into their local economy. FWIW, do try to carry my bag if I can.

My own pet peeve are coffee places ( I refuse to call them cafe's) that try to imitate the look and feel of Starbucks down to the color schemes and graphics.

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Folks who post questions and are too lazy to do some basic research on the question.

Tourists who don't accept living like a local. Everything should be just like back home.

The tour member who is the expert and does not know the difference between his or her gluteus maximus and an arm joint.

Starbucks.

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My pet peeve, and has been for several months, is threads put into the Forum called Trip Reports when the post is not a trip report.

The Trip Report Forum is for posters posting about actual places.

The General Europe Forum is a good catch-all.

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I can think of two right off the bat:

  1. Showers in hotels with insufficient enclosure. Worse yet is the "wet room", which I think, thankfully, has finally gone out of vogue.

  2. People who should not be traveling, traveling. Stay home if you hate the world and the people in it outside of your little home town!

I'm sure more will come to me as I consider this.

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  1. Selfie sticks 2. Folks boarding an airplane who walk down the aisles looking for just the right overhead compartment in which to place their overstuffed backpack totally unaware that said backpack is just about exactly at the level of my head. I now try to remain standing at my seat, out of the aisle until all have boarded.
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People who carry onto planes bags that are too large, and flight attendants who don't make them check the bags.

From my sister: people who put their carry-on bags in the bins towards the front of the plane but their seats are at the back.

And people who put more than one item into the overhead bin because they don't want anything under the seat in front of them.

Hotel guests who have no respect for other guests - they come in in the middle of the night drunk, yelling, slamming doors, etc.

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The whole airplane boarding process drives me crazy. There are now about fifty categories of first class and special elite status members that come before me, even if I am in zone 1 or whatever the first boarding group is. First class passengers, business class passengers, priority club members, star elite status members, platinum members, gold members, silver members, tinfoil members... It's just silly.

Also, this is more amusing than annoying, but I love it when, they have a special piece of red carpet for first class boarders to walk on as they show their ticket. I am sooo envious.

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Travel Pet Peeves=First World Problems.

So here's my FWP: when you make a hotel reservation (via a booking site or direct with the hotel), you enter your name, address, and credit card info. Fast forward to the day you arrive at the hotel jet lagged, smelly, disheveled. You walk up to the check-in desk tell them your name, they look you up in their computer and then hand you a form where you have to fill all that information out again and then some! Of course you know all that stuff is already stored in that computer behind the desk, and all you want to do is get up to your room and take a shower and take a nap!

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Carroll...not sure of your penchant for funny, but 'key and peele' did a skit about waiting to board a plane and all the groups of people that were called and this poor guy just waiting to board. Sometimes they do NSFW stuff...can't remember if this one had swearing or not, but good for a laugh for those usually in the last boarding group...

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Yes Carroll, that red carpet is really special isn't it??? Wonder if those people walking on the red carpet know how absolutely ludicrous the whole concept is? It isn't just about flying first class...it's about letting everyone AROUND you know you're flying first class.

I'd really like another special line organized by how little you actually paid for a ticket as opposed to how MUCH that piece of red carpet ticket holder paid! Now there's something worth seeing.

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here we go....

1.) People who cut in line
2.) Like another poster noted, those that bring far more and in far larger sizes, than the maximum carry-on limit (and of course, those that don't hold them accountable and make them check it in)
3.) rude, loud, and obnoxious fellow travelers

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Airline passengers doing "man spreading" and/or overreaching the armrests and invading my tiny seating space.

Hotels that provide a breakfast but assume everyone drinks coffee or tea. (And as mentioned, if a juice is available, it is usually a watered down imitation.)

Hotel rooms with one plugin receptacle often in an inaccessible location. (If a room has a lamp on a table or nightstand, it should be one with extra plugins on the base.)

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Selfie sticks. Whoever invented them and everyone who uses them need to be banned from the face of the earth.

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1) Dog feces in the streets in Europe.

2) People who post on forums and do not spell words correctly or use correct grammar. We "take" things to Europe and we "bring" them home with us.
3) People taking selfies and those sticks. Ask someone to take your picture and make a new friend. I always offer to take pictures of others.
I could continue but I only have 3622 characters left. :(

Yosemite1...I think I know what you are trying to say. How about if I change it to "People who post on forums and do not spell words correctly and who use incorrect grammar." Work for you? :)

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Bev,
"People who post on forums and do not spell words correctly or use correct grammer." This should probably read: "People who post on forums and do not spell words correctly or use incorrect grammer." I don't get upset when people use correct grammer.
I hope you take this all in fun. I know what you meant.

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How about medieval for anything over a hundred years old and village for anything smaller than a capital city.

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People who say they want to "live like a local". Okay, then .... you'll need to find a job, take your kids to the local school, learn the language, shop where you can get a bargain, not at that cute market down the road, read Le Devoir not the Herald Tribune and watch TV5 not CNN.

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That my work:travel ratio is skewed the wrong way 😋

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My pet peeve is when someone travels to a foreign country and complains when the residents of the country don't speak English or when they complain that they were "backward". I also get upset when someone complains that the French are rude and that is why they will never travel there. When asked if they have ever been there or have met a Frenchman before, in more times than not, they haven't. They are just replying based on what someone else has said who also has probably never talked to someone from France.

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ABOUT OTHER TRAVELLERS:

Agree with Norma about people who get pretentious about "living like a local".

People who don't know how to use public transport. Do NOT walk right up to ticket gates and then try to find your ticket in your huge bag, do NOT step off the escalator and immediately stop to rearrange your baggage (that one is seriously dangerous to people behind you), do NOT block the entire station platform with all five of you and your multiple large suitcases.

People who complain about the fact that Europe has changed since 1950/1900/1850/1700, or what they think it was like in those days based on sentimental and unresearched American romance or cosy crime novels.

People who give the impression that they use "safe" as a euphemism for "only white people visible on the street".

ABOUT DESTINATIONS

The fact that so many German hotel rooms nowadays don't seem to have any proper curtains.

Hotels that, in 2016, still think it's acceptable to charge an extra fee for wi-fi use.

Hotels, shops and restaurants that, in 2016, still think it's acceptable to take only cash for sums of over twenty euros.

ATMs that give you fifty or worse one hundred euro notes.

ATMs that try to trick you into taking dynamic currency conversion or worse will ONLY do dynamic currency conversion if you have a foreign card (beware, the ones in major Berlin stations now do the latter)

Public transport operator websites that don't have any maps available but only search functions that expect you to know the exact name of your starting point and destination.

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People taking flash photos in museums and churches.

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Sorry but I will mention the elephant in the room. Hordes of rude tour groups from the Far East. They push in front. They stand in a gaggle blocking everything. I was at Sagrada Familia about to get my picture taken with the basilica as a background when a group came up the steps and stood in front of me and started posing for pictures oblivious to anyone but themselves. That is until my friend yelled and motioned to them to get the hell out of the way. I noticed this also in Paris and Lucerne. Rude with a capital "R".

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Double and triple posting on this forum. I know, sometimes it happen. But then we have delete function so delete those others and leave just one.
People who go to Europe and then are surprised that many things are different and God forbid people don't speak English. Well we are a big nation and everybody should speak our language (actually a lot of people do, we are lucky). It would be like Chinese tourists coming to the US and fussing that we don't speak Chinese. They are a big nation, too. I go to Europe (and elsewhere) and expect things to be different. If they would be the same why should I leave US?

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That is not what I meant. I just mean they are rude and oblivious to anything happening around them like "Hey let's wait a second and let these people finish their picture or let's stand in line like everyone else". Lots have been posted on line..not just this forum about this subject. I am telling about my pet peeves.
Edit here..sorry Ilja I thought you were referring to my post. Now I see you were not. So the rude hoards are my biggest peeves. ;)

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This hasn't happened to me, but I'm on the lookout for it. In looking at hotels in Paris, I've come across a couple that have glassed in bathrooms. As in, you can see into the shower from the bed. Who wants to do this? What kind of trend is this? I don't want that room even if I'm by myself. http://hotelemile.com/

Key and Peele also has a funny skit about the continental breakfast. "Ooh, what do we have from Denmark?"

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How about hotels that charge your credit card in full many months before your arrival? They can always charge the card if I was a no show on the scheduled arrival day.
How about my always getting the seat across the aisle with 2 & 3 year old kids? Upon takeoff, their ears are always going to hurt and they'll cry.

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I would disagree with quite a number on Rick's list but he's entitled to his own beefs. My own list includes a few things which bug some of the rest of you:

Use of the words "cute" and "quaint"

People who say they want to "live like a local" but then complain about what most of the locals do without or have put up with.

People who say they don't want to see or do anything "touristy". There's a good reason tourists go to see a lot of things that they do, and a lot those things weren't built specifically for their enjoyment. Locals go to worship in the churches and admire the museum treasures and monuments of THEIR heritage as well?

These sorts also claim that they're not, heaven forbid, "tourists."

Selfie sticks. Ugh.

Being run over by large, noisy, badly managed tour groups.

But people who post on forums without proper spelling and grammar? Spend some time on travel websites which are frequented by international audiences. When English isn't your first language, you do the best you can. Bless their hearts, they do a better job that I could ever hope to if the situation was reversed.

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My big ones were already mentioned. People who take a carry on that is obviously over the size limit. Airlines that don't enforce the size limit for carry ons. People who put more than 1 bag in the overhead on the plane. When people get in line to board before their group is called and then just stand there.

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Barnstormer - fun topic; thanks for posting! :)
one of my pet peeves... people who post answers on this forum that essentially duplicate answers already given. The impression they give is that either (1) they think are too important / special to take the time to read the already given responses before they answer, or (2) somehow the answer already given is not 'credible' until it is given / repeated by them.
I'm not talking about people who concisely agree / second a previous answer (e.g. I agree with Mary's answer above - I also liked xxxxx). I'm talking about somebody who gives a complete / from scratch answer that basically ignores the fact that most or all of that answer was already given.

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Bob, I completely agree with you. Irritates me big time.

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I hate sitting next to loud eaters, gum smakers and having to listen to another persons music coming out of their ear buds. I really enjoy it when people don't cover their cough also!
Not a fan of airplane restrooms either. I could go on and on! :)

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Ooo, I forgot

In general, behaving in anti-social ways that you wouldn't do in your home city. Don't take photos of each other across the full width of the sidewalk on busy streets and expect everyone to stop for you. Don't rent flats in residential buildings and get drunk and rowdy into the small hours every night.

And the longest rant I forgot: public transport organisations that try to make visitors pay higher fares than locals do. Things like weekly passes that only cover calendar weeks instead of any seven-day period (looking at you, Paris and Vienna), trying to herd visitors onto rip-off premium priced transport from the airport (looking at you, London and Vienna), or making the cheapest ways of buying tickets exclusive to people with locally-issued bank cards (looking at you, the entire Netherlands). There may be a moral argument for making tourists pay more in developing countries where income levels are such that what is a fair price for a local person is small change for a visitor from a developed country, but in developed countries it's just not acceptable.

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Euston Station

Guilty!

Especially when a long train train is split up and you have to get to the far end of 17 or 8. I'm sorry for people using sticks or elderly.

What gets my goat is when people have "had" to stop to get a coffee and then shout after the train drawing away as they reach it. They are probably the same people who loudly complain when the train runs late. You just can't please some people....

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Steve, once I was attending Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. As I stood at the altar rail, a young woman shoved me out of the way so her companion could take her picture! During Mass! I'm still outraged.

And last year at the Borghese Gallery I ended up in the same scrum with a beautiful young woman who stood in front of every statue and posed as, again, a companion took her photo. I never did see her turn around to actually look at the amazing Bernini sculptures.

I am also annoyed by people who sneer at "tourists." We are tourists; we can still be good citizens of the world.

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I could come up with a huge list of peeves related to how tourists and travelers behave but I'll stick with the top one for me. Tourists that don't show proper respect inside churches or other places where one should act with respect. St. Peters and the Vatican Museum was a disappointing zoo. Nevertheless, my real scorn is for the smaller venues where tourists might encounter locals actually there to pray- this is not the place or occasion to pull out the damned selfie stick or make a lot of noise! And no, shorts are not appropriate either.

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Good read. I have a ton of pet peeves, most of which have been mentioned. I will say I try to deal with them in good humor but don't always succeed. Near the top of my list: selfie sticks, people being rude both taking and blocking people taking photos, boarding planes with too much luggage and the people who don't stop them, tiny plane seats and I'll just stop there.

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As the initiator of this thread I agree with the earlier post that it is not in the correct place. What was I thinking when I posted it? More likely I was not thinking. He had a good point.

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...who stood in front of every statue and posed as, again, a companion
took her photo. I never did see her turn around to actually look at
the amazing Bernini sculptures.

That drives me crazy too, Jane, and especially so when it's an entire busload who block everyone's view for a LONG TIME snapping away at themselves and everyone else in the group.

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I am sorry but I can deal with the annoying plane passengers because I am excited to begin my adventures in Europe. However, I find the unruly, unrespectful Chinese tour groups everywhere to be my biggest peeve. And I see them everywhere....rude, pushy, aggressive with no thought to anyone but themselves.

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It takes so long to board a plane when people are trying to shove bags that are either too large or too many into the overhead bins. It can add an hour to the flight time that is very unfortunate.

Another "peeve" is when people think I should give up my seat or trade my seat so that they can sit in it and don't accept no as an answer. I always pick an aisle seat on the left side so that I have a little more room to move my right knee. The few times I have given into ridiculous pressure from another passenger, I have regretted it with painful experiences. I have promised myself not to do this in the future unless there is clearly a greater need from the person asking than my need. Most of the time, it is just people that didn't select seats and now want to do this by moving me. Not my problem. I don't mind being asked, but if I say I'd rather not, I don't want to be bullied or hassled further.

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  • People who can't be bothered to spell place names correctly, and expect you to be able to guess where they mean.
  • People who put "xxx, Germany/France etc." when there are multiple xxx's in Germany, but none anywhere else because it is a German name. Put the full correct name, xxx, Bavaria or xxx-am-Rhein. Same applies to most other countries.
  • Family groups who get to the front of the queue for the ticket barrier, then the wife starts searching her handbag for everyone's tickets and handing them out. Give everybody their own ticket BEFORE you get in the queue! You are holding people up. This is particularly infuriating on London buses. Also applies to passport queues.
  • People who leave their oversized luggage in the train aisle (or even worse on a seat) as it is too large for the overhead racks and they don't want to put it between the seat backs or in the proper luggage racks because then it is "out of sight", Particularly applies to US-Americans travelling by train for the first time.
  • People who expect signposting and announcements at stations, on trains etc. to be in English. What about the other 30+ European languages?
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Along with suitcase taking up the only empty seat in the train car, how about dirty shoes or feet on the seat in the train, the bus, the metro, the cafe, on the back of someone else's seat in the plane, the concert hall. Time to get over sloppy behavior--it's the real world. Keep your legs down unless you have a medical condition. We don't need to sit on your dirt.

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I watched with amazement as a young man walked around a large gallery at the Art Institute. He used his ipad to take a picture of every painting, and a picture of the description of every one. He never looked at the art at all! Just -click- at the painting, and -click- at the description, and on to the next. I was too stunned to ask him if he had looked at the paintings. Look! The art is here! Now! In front of you!

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I've said it before and I'll say it again - as a (very) amateur photog who has sold a few photos, taking photos actually gets me out of bed in the morning to see the sunrise and take photos with very few other people around (instead of being tempted to stay sleeping late) and will keep me out in the evening. And personally, I feel like I notice more things - I am always looking for interesting little details in the architecture or will go down that neat looking little street that I otherwise would have overlooked...much to my husbands chagrin.

Yes - selfie takers (ugh) and people who use their iPads to take photos are annoying (I'm looking at you, lady with the iPad at Invalides in Paris - come on - just spring for a $100 point and shoot - you look silly). Yes, people who take photos of art without actually looking at it are annoying. But myself - I will take the extra time to walk around that sculpture to see it from all angles or look for neat little details in that painting or the beautiful details in a tile mosaic.

And as much as I'd love to have lots of gear, I'm the one who has to carry it, so my little mirrorless camera body and an 18-200 lens and I'm good to go!

But you can still be my friend emma. :)

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What you said Nicole. My other pet peeve is someone who thinks there is only one "right" way to travel and they know what it is (and likely you don't.)

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Hey hey this thread has made 50 posts in just about 50 hours - that's one an hour, 24 hours a day!!!

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I agree Nicole, the camera reminds me to look thoroughly at something and to see it differently. It also gets me out early mornings and keeps me from eating dinner at twilight time. :-)

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As an enthusiastic amateur photographer, taking photos is a key part of my travel planning and activity.

I also like to shoot at the break of dawn and after dusk. At these hours, the light is soft and warm, no hordes of tourists in sight, and the locations have very different vibes. Without the time and route constraints of organized tours or fellow travelers, I am free to roam. When I share my albums to my fellow travelers after a trip, they often wonder if we went to the same place.

With digital cameras, I tend to shoot a lot more frames than with film cameras. The editing process can be quite a chore. I have learned to be grateful for a couple of keepers out of the thousands of shots taken on a trip. These are reminders of what really stood out in a trip, and would be printed, framed and hung on my walls.

My pet peeve? The photographers who walk into my viewfinder right before I am about to capture that decisive moment. What do I do? I shoot them, and now have a collection of photographers taking photos.

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Oh Keith...we did the harbour tour of Portsmouth last year and there was an Asian girl who for at least half of the tour sat there with her phone on a selfie stick filming herself! Not looking around at the scenery, but I'm assuming making sure that most of her face and a touch of the background was in the video. (Ok, I know that assumption could be wrong, but I'm a cranky middle aged person...lol). Anyways, she was really enjoying looking at herself!

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Can't resist. See the first sentence of the first response to this.
And then there appears a new thread, from a first time poster, simply: "Are there any non-stop flights from Aalborg to Oslo in July? Please send details."

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Sorry Emma... Agree with Nicole... I see much more through my lens, and I am enjoying what I am seeing... I also am up at dawn to get the images that I want, so I tend to experience an area at a time when there are few other people around...
Just as with everything, there are plenty of obnoxious people with cameras, but we are not all the same:)

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I cannot resist a reply.

I detest tiny shower stalls that has nowhere to place your soap, shampoo, etc., no wire slotted holder or something like that. You have to put your stuff on the floor, but to bend over to pick it up, the buttocks hit the shower wall, YUCK. Trying to do a squat in the tiny space is difficult too! I understand the need to keep things small, but it is crazy making for me.

In the same vein, showers/tubs that have such slippery floors that you risk injury stepping in when the water is running. One place in Rome had an equally useless mat, which was more like shelf protector lining, it was interesting to say the least.

Dog poop that is not picked up by owners is another peeve. I believe it has improved in Paris, but is still bad.

Interesting reading.

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I'm there with ya June on the tiny shower stalls. The other one I had a problem with on our 2014 trip was showers with shower curtains that sucked into the shower and stuck to me! We stayed at a hotel in Naples and it was awful - trying to shower in a small-ish stall while fighting off the shower curtain the was desperate to cling to my legs. Same thing happened on the same trip in Venice - not as bad, but still a small shower space with a clingy curtain!

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I take some photos with my iPad mini (not an ideal situation) because I no longer have the patience to use a real camera nor the will to carry it around. I used to get beautiful shots with my Nikon FM2 but digital cameras just don't do it for me.

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Since this topic has widened to include posts on this site .... I forgot the worst of the lot. People who put the word "SAFE" in their questions.

  • Is xxx SAFE?
  • I need a SAFE hotel in yyy

No it isn't safe - you could slip over and break your ankle; and there was one mugging in that city the year before last. I recommend you walk around the centre of your local city, there is probably ten times the crime there as in your proposed destination.
Or better still, stay at home and lock all the doors. But that doesn't remove the risk of a fire one night, or a plane crashing into your house.

All posts with the word SAFE in the title should be automatically deleted. [End of rant - but I have got it off my chest]

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"... I will take the extra time to walk around that sculpture to see it from all angles ..."
Err, isn't that basically what the selfie stick weirdos are doing - just of themselves not the arty stuff?

Nope. I take lots of shots when I travel....3,000 to 5,000 is not uncommon in a month. However I usually return with maybe 10-12 with me in them. Those shots are usually taken by a friend or tour member with my camera. Photographers walk around artwork to: 1) Get the best angle, 2) consider framing and cropping option and 3) look for small but interesting details (among other things.) I have seen lots of people taking lots of shots with no regard for the actual picture...... more of an "See, I saw this....really....here is the pic!" attitude. Personally, I don't consider them photographers. The selfie persons are often not walking around the artwork (not to mention that they are not looking at it from all angles.) The selfier is usually only concerned with getting lots of pictures of themselves. Also, the purpose is different. I make a book, print pics, make a calendar, put pics on a travel/photography website I run eyc. Most selfiers just send them out to facebook etc.,

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Interesting about the use of the word safe. It is certainly increasing. All it reflects is personal discomfort and insecurity, but it doesn't in any way peeve me because I'm sure there are places in this world I would ask the same question. But, indeed, what can we say--it's just like when we comfort our children telling them they are safe with us when we all know there is no such guarantee. So maybe what we don't like is feeling put on the spot by such questions. Personally, I skip them when I see the word safe because there's not much to say. I certainly wouldn't answer based on a one week stay somewhere when I don't even speak the language. And in France, which I do know very well, it's much more complicated than the single word "safe".

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More of a forum pet peeve than a travel pet peeve, but I'm with Chris on this one. I'm so sick of seeing thread titles with the word SAFE or SAFETY that I don't even open them and read them anymore. Who are we to be able to tell someone that a place is safe or not? It's ridiculous for any poster to think that our opinion about safety is any more or less valuable than their own. No place is guaranteed to be safe so it is always up to the traveler to decide if they feel safe enough to travel or not. If someone doesn't trust their own opinion, or those of experts in the field, what do they expect the fellow travelers here to tell them to make it better?

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Ouch! I'm a selfie stick user but I use it minimally, only to get the one photo of me and wife in front of whatever we're seeing. So is the selfie stick animosity due mainly to the physical danger of getting whacked with one? Or is it just the site of them that is so displeasing? I wasn't so sure about them either but then someone gave me one as a gift and I started using it and the photos came out quite nice and, in a more remote setting, it's not easy to find someone to ask to help you take your picture. I never pull it out if there's anyone within 30 feet of me and even then, I only take the one photo and move on, I would never walk around town shooting a selfie video.

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".. I never pull it out if there's anyone within 30 feet of me and even then, I only take the one photo and move on, I would never walk around town shooting a selfie video"

Well KC, you pass the test, I'd say. I do think it's a personal space issue, and a view blocker for people behind the selfie stick, and it just screams meeee. If everyone was as aware and considerate as you are, selfie sticks would not garner all the negative attention they do. While I don't carry or own one myself, I can surely see the utility in the right situation.

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The "selfie stick animosity" is just the latest of the general aggravation most of us feel towards public cell phone use. All these people in their little bubble, focused on the device in their hand or ear. They can't look at the clerk that's trying to wait on them, they talk loudly in public space, they stop in a doorway to look at their phone, they drive while texting. And they whack people in the head so they can take a picture. And yes, I'm saying "they" while perfectly aware that I've done a few of those things myself. Something about a little device makes us forget about our surroundings. We should all try to be more considerate. At least try.

And what's with the holding of a phone 6" in front of your face and talking? That one really irritates me.

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"And what's with the holding of a phone 6" in front of your face and talking? That one really irritates me."

Ha ha, that's a good one. I usually see people do this while driving. They hold the phone out in front of their mouth and the position of the phone tends to be horizontal, as if they were holding it like a slice of pizza. I call it pizza phone. Talking on your phone while driving is bad enough, but what logic/benefit/strategy is there to holding your phone 6" in front of your face like that? If it's already on speaker phone, it means you can put it down to talk. Sorta defeats the purpose of using the speaker phone feature (might as well just hold it up to your ear like a regular phone if you're going to hold it at all).

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" If it's already on speaker phone, it means you can put it down to talk."

I am convinced that the folks who refuse to put the phone to their ear to listen are the ones afraid of the imagined brain cancer they are sure their phone will cause. That same kind of person will also be skeptical that technology would actually allow a speakerphone to work well anywhere but 6" from their (pizza) pie hole.

You're welcome.

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I agree about folks who never put down the camera. Had two RS trips with the same woman who was always holding up the group while she took that last shot. I take the occasional IPhone movie ( so I can always can identify where I am) but nothing like this thoughtless person. Also agree about folks who take photos in museums and never seem to actually look at the art!

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So did it bother you she took pictures or she was late? I take lots of pictures and don't hold up the group. On the other hand I've had 2 tours where 2 different people where habitually late (one a little, one enough they got a sit down with the guide) and those 2 were not photographers.

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Pet peeves:
Hotels that charge you extra for pillows, hot water and each elevator ride, without telling you that when you book your room.
B & B's where breakfast is not served until 9:30 am because the owners like to sleep in.
Outhouses where you can't see anything so you ask for a lantern and then go back to find out it is filled with black chickens, and go ahead, you are told, they won't mind.

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I was flipping through my AAA magazine and one of the surveys they featured was Vacation Pet Peeves. They were:
1. Selfie sticks
2. Overhead luggage bin hogs
3. People who take pictures with iPads and get in the way of others
4. People who Facebook constantly

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Some time ago I read about research indicating that taking lots of pictures can have a negative effect on the memories associated with what is photographed. This is a fairly recent article from the BBC titled, "Are you taking too many pictures?" If you read the whole thing, you'll see that the answer is in the direction of "maybe yes, maybe no."

When I went on my first trip to Europe almost 40 years ago, I owned no camera. I deliberately did not buy one, partly because I didn't want to lug it around and partly because I thought it would be a distraction from what I wanted to see and experience. Do I remember what I saw and experienced on that trip better than I would have if I had carried a camera and taken lots of pictures? There's no way to know for sure. All I know is that those 4 months and that first trip were a life-changing experience for me in every way possible.

When I switched from a little Panasonic digital camera to using my phone to take pictures, I found I took fewer pictures even though I can edit them out with either option. I finally learned that all the work I put into a travel blog for family and friends was wasted because most of them read none of the text and followed none of the links. All they wanted was to see the pictures, even if there were no captions. Now I just post them on Facebook. Next trip, I plan to snap and post with a description for each picture as I move along. I will no doubt be even more selective. And I'll have less work to do when I get home!

I definitely fall into the older category in this quote from the article, "While older adults adopting digital cameras tend to use them as memory tools, younger generations tend to use the photos taken on them as a means of communication."

However many pictures I take, I hope I don't get in the way of people who are really into doing that from an artistic perspective. My pictures are snapshots, like the ones I have in way too may albums on my kitchen table waiting to be weeded.

My pet peeve isn't so much the picture-takers where it's okay to take pictures. However, I do want to grab and smash the cameras and phones of the people who take pictures, with or without flash, where there are international signs clearly indicating that doing those things are forbidden. I've pointed them out to guards and guides in any number of museums and churches. But the situation is often one where the room is totally filled up by a large group of people. The response is usually the "I can't do anything about it" shrug. I guess they know those hoards will pass through and be gone in about a minute.

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My aunt (by marriage) had a cousin (I think) pass away. She had not brothers or sisters or children or husband (that I know of) and my aunt seems to have been given all her vacation photos. For some reason, my aunt passed a huge Ziploc bag along to me with all the photos she took out of the albums (because I like to travel, of course). The bad thing is, I don't know where most of the places are as they don't have any info on the back. And I am just looking at them and throwing most away...I guess my aunt didn't want that responsibility.

Up until a few years ago, I would print a few hundred photos from my trips and put them in an album. Our trips in 2014 and 2015 I actually did a photo book online that you have printed...there are usually great deals with Groupon to get an 8x11 softcover with 40 pages for $10 around Xmas. That way, I can do an actual 'book' with dates and captions and have some fun with the layout and colours. I myself don't have kids and think about when me and hubby are gone and all those photos just being tossed. Maybe a niece or nephew will find the books interesting. When my mom joined us for our 2014 trip, I told her that the trip was her Xmas gift (which it mostly was because we paid for almost everything for her but her flights). She wanted me to print out some photos for her and I kept putting her off - telling her I was selecting and 'fixing' them up. But in reality, I was doing a photobook for her for Xmas. I managed to put her off until then. She opened her gift Xmas Eve and called me right away to tell me how much she loved it. She still takes it out and looks at it. And they take up less room than a photo album!

I am currently trying to figure out how I am going to squeeze about 6 days worth of France 2015 vacation pics into my last 5 pages in my photobook before getting it printed. Things are rough...lol.

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(Pssst, Nicole. They let you add extra pages!)

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From these responses I can see that the pet peeves fall into two categories:

  1. Those that actually have a physical impact on you (i.e., someone whacking you with a selfie stick, elbows and knees crowding your airplane seat from the person sitting next to you, tiny shower stalls, people blocking your view of something, etc.)

  2. Those that might not physically impact you but are a visual annoyance (i.e., people who take tons of photos and don't actually look at the sights, people glued to their phones/facebook, etc.)

Of course, one could argue that No. 2 can at times also be No. 1 (i.e., "the sight of that person on facebook gave me a headache!")

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You know what Karen - I just did that - then saw your comment. I added 4 more pages so it'll be perfect - as long as it doesn't mess up my discount voucher (an extra $1 a page - doable)...lol. I guess I knew you could add pages, but in my consternation about too many photos/not enough space, I forgot. ;)

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Pet peeves - cat clawing the sofa to death. Cat hair lasts longer than a cat. Neighbor's dog is smelly - hate riding the elevator after her.

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People forgetting how much more room they take up with their baggage. I get particularly annoyed at ankle-banging wheeled bags, but those of us carrying backpacks are just as guilty.

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Larry, chickens in the outhouse??? Shouldn't have read this drinking coffee....cleaning the screen...

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Yes Claire, that one actually happened to me. Of course it was decades ago when I was in the Peace Corps in Brazil, and it happened in a real little town way in the interior of the northeast of Brazil. I got a room in what they called an inn, about US$1 as I remember. It was about dusk, just getting dark, and I went to the outhouse, but it was totally dark inside, I couldn't see a thing. So I went back into the inn and they lit a lantern and handed it to me, and I went back to the outhouse,. When I went in, I saw that the blackness was not the dark, but from a whole lot of black chickens huddled there, filling the whole little shed. I went back to the inn and said "it's all full of chickens!", thinking someone would come out and shoo them away. But no, I was just told that I should just go in and do my thing, the chickens would make room and wouldn't mind, which proved to be the case. A nice memory, in the day, but if it happened to me again now, say at an RS tour hotel, it would certainly be a peeve.

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Interesting read.

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My pet peeve is people who tell other posters/reviewers what to dislike or like about their vacation or service they received while traveling. For example I read many posts and reviews (not just on this site) about other people's travels and sometimes the first person to respond will type "No, that did not happen on your trip"; "you are wrong! XYZ place is awesome"; "Why did you go there? That place sucks" or something along those lines. Because these responses dismiss the fact that other people can have different experiences and perceptions of the same place.

I also dislike the selfie sticks because the sticks interfere with be being able to walk somewhere and I feel like I am going to
get hit in the head with the stick.

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J

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US domestic flights only - how AFTER all of the 1st class and premium customers board (on the red carpet) they call for active duty military service members to 'priority' board. It is such an empty gesture to say "you are important, but not as important as those who have more money." Such a contrast to Norway where, by rule, active military fly 1st class at the tax payers expense.

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The travel related pet peeves... certain ones irk me immediately: when referring to Europeans not wanting to or not speaking English, the French are always mentioned. Why ls it always les français? Why aren't the Italians, Poles, Czechs, Belgians, Finns, Estonians, Germans, etc mentioned? By "not wanting to' I mean here I have run across (very few) Europeans who did not want to speak English, even young people back in the 1970 and '80s. I never asked why, figured it was their choice. If it really happens to be where one encounters those French who do not want to/ cannot speak to the level of communicating in English , then the tourist has the problem, not les français.

Pet peeve, as pointed out above, on anything "is it safe?" It depends, and the answer is also relative, so what if it's not safe or precarious, then what? How do the locals deal with it? If they can, I should think that I could too. Pet peeve...too small bathrooms in B&B, Pensionen, small hotels etc,,,,just deal with it since it is the way it is. Pet peeve, listed above, passengers on the transatlantic flight whose luggage take over the over head bin because of that one piece or more...they're "space imperialists" by barging in and leaving room for no one else. I have small enough shoulder sack to be put in the bin or on the floor if need be. The big piece is checked in.

This one isn't so much a pet peeve but more of an inconvenience...waiting until 3 pm , or come back after 3 pm to do the official check-in in London, even though arriving at say 11 am and being allowed to leave the luggage in the B&B lobby, the same experience in every B&B I've stayed in London. It must be official policy but that is not the case in Germany, where check in upon arrival is done, go to the room right way since it wasn't used the night before, likewise in Paris, Vienna. The main pet peeve is dealing with impatient people, those who have not learned how to wait by standing in line.

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Hotels that do not look at the comments section on the reservation request. Traveling frequently I find that most hotels... budget,mid range and above often make genuine successful efforts to accommodate my special requests such as quiet location ,upper floor etc. and when they can't, offer apologies. At least they tried so I am OK. But then there are the places that apparently do not read the comments or do not care and assign a room that has the opposite attributes and act surprised and stone faced when I bring up my requests. I understand that requests sometimes may not be possible and that is certainly understandable . But if you are not going to pay any attention then don't ask. And I won't return nor recommend. It is a service business after all!

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Fred, I agree with you about speaking English, why would we expect that in Europe if we don't speak at least one or two other languages at home?

In my experience in Austria, Switzerland, France, Poland, Germany, Italy and Belgium, most often people will either try to respond in English or will go find someone who speaks English. In France (and this is only my experience, having spent five weeks there, mostly outside of Paris), there seems to be less effort extended to locate an English-speaker, at least in Paris. The fact that there is no English-speaker doesn't bother me, however.

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With regards to the language issues in Europe and not knowing the local language, I find that even when you don't know a single word of the local language, manners, politeness, and a smile still go a long way towards successful communication with the locals. Oh, and also pointing.

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@ Zoe...Your assessment on less effort taken to find an English speaker is most likely accurate. In Paris maybe the attitude when one is in that predicament "tant pis" Luckily, I have managed to get by linguistically, however, slowly and haltingly, since "they" know I'm a tourist. Yes, it also depends where in France. I've seen that too, such as in Alsace seeing some service people speaking English and German, sometimes with one language they're quicker than with the other. One uses which ever language that comes easiest.

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People chatting away on their cell phones oblivious to their surroundings. Honestly I don't wish to be privy to Uncle Harold's hernia operation, what stock prices are or how excited you are about the new shoes you just bought. Nor do I wan't these individuals to get struck by a car, bicyclist or trip and fall which I've seen in Paris, London and Rome.

Loud Americans and before I get trashed for this remark the next time you travel and are in a foreign country stop and listen and see what voices you hear above all. To this day I remember with absolute embarrassment the loud 60 plus year old woman (from an East Coast city I shall not name for fear of further reprisal) yelling in the Louvre. "Harry, Harry where is it? Where is that damn painting?" She was referring to the Mona Lisa. It was rude and classless. Think Donald Trump. And yes, I'm American and a Californian.

Travelers who are naive, employing Cliff Notes by doing little true research and expect everywhere to be like the US. Don't travel unless you can embrace the differences of what other countries offer. While waiting to buy a ticket to tour Monument Valley this man was complaining about why his National Parks Senior Pass wasn't being honored. I tapped him on the shoulder and said "you are on Navajo Land sir, they own it." He grew red in the face and screamed "that's BS, they have no right , no right" and stomped away like a 5 year old child. His loss.

Lastly, photography is my craft so a camera is with me all the time. 95% of the time its a small camera that's only a bit bigger than my cell phone and fits in a coat pocket. Otherwise it's the SLR but I am very astute about not taking images without observing what I'm seeing. In fact I study things first before clicking the shutter and I'm very careful not to block someones else view. I know how to achieve results without inconveniencing others. It can be done.

Starbucks, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Subways and any other American food chain that has spread their corporate greed.
Just wait till Congress finally lifts the Cuba embargo. We will ruin that country's untouched beauty with Americanization.

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@ Claudia....not an equal comparison...lol. A 5 year child may have stomped off but to his/her good credit would not have said, "they have no rights." "His loss."...yes, as the French say...tant pis, from a fellow Californian.

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While I agree with not being among the type of people mentioned above, I have to think that is a bit to negative a spin on reality.

For starters, foreign businesses can be as greedy and rapacious as American ones.

As for loud and classless American, I can assure the writer that I have met many people who are as bad or worse than the Americans mentioned above. Certain groups with their 'selfie stick' poking everything and everybody around. Loud complaining Brits and Germans can be worse than Americans at times.

And, I won't even get into the 'natives' who scam tourists of all nationalities, but I have encountered them in every country I have visited.

Finally, there are those who lecture and blame an entire group based upon the poor behavior of a small minority. Not very nice.

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Please define natives for us. If you are referring to American Indians or immigrants your comments aren't appreciated at all.

Just how well traveled are you?

How many times have you been to London? Paris? Turkey? Cuba? Copenhagen? Munich? Dublin? Cabo? D.C.? NYC? Chicago? Boston? Yellowstone? Grand Canyon? The Bandlands? Vienna? Rome? Venice? Seattle? San Francisco? Belfast?

I understand there are rude Europeans, Latinos, Asians. What I said was far too many Americans speak loudly and sometimes inappropriately. I've seen it and heard far too many times in far too many countries.

Also I'm curious do you find seeing a Pizza Hut as you walk up the road to Windsor Castle a plus or a minus?

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And just where did I use the term hate? Strong word, never used in my posts. Only in yours.

And as far as your examples of what you say you've never seen Americans do.....ha....guess you haven't traveled on SouthWest airlines. As far as selfie sticks every nationality is guilty of not respecting personal space with them and your remark about cell phones....oh please....Blah, blah, blah.

I also find your veiled reference of another nationality acting out rather sad. At least I named my "nationality" knowing I would take some heat.

Aloha.

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Gotta say something here. The thread was started for people to air their travel pet peeves, not to start a back and forth discussion. Claudia did just that. There was no call for the subsequent posters to ream her for posting what her pp's were, in fact there really was no reason to even comment on someone else's pet peeves. If you can't be civil, at least use the PM feature so the rest of us don't have to read your negative comments on someone else's post.

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My biggest pet peeve with travel is that someone put a huge landmass between Seattle and London! Not to mention that big wet thing as well! I mean, seriously, who does something like that?!

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I too found it ironic that the original poster took issue with my pet peeves. He asked, I answered. Oh well. Also seems that the poster from Maui who referred to my supposed "hatred" of things corporate has deleted their post so my response ending with aloha makes little sense. C'est la vie.

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Back to the question raised by the subject of the original post. Web sites that will not give any indication of pricing unless one goes through a long "booking" process that requires lots of info one might not want to divulge until an actual booking is made.

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@ Claudia...."too many Americans speak loudly...." True. I saw this happen on the train from Vienna to Budapest in May 2015. The coach was packed, I sat by coincidence among three American college students from the Midwest, one of whom spoke loudly with realising and oblivious to how much her voice just carried. People across from us stared at us from time to time, esp the Hungarian women. One of whom , a young woman about tens years older than these college kids, finally leaned over with not a too pleasant look and told that loud speaking American girl to keep her voice down in broken English. That girl was surprised at hearing this. She would pipe down for a while, then resumed talking loudly, her friends had to remind from time to time afterwards to lower that voice.

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Large poorly managed tour groups, count me in on that one.

I've found young Brits and Romans to be no quieter than other Americans abroad.

Smoking inside in Termini was a bit nuts as well.

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Having to insert the plastic room key in a device beside the door in order to operate anything electrical, sometimes even including the air conditioning. What if you want to leave something recharging while you go out to lunch? Extra penalty for turning off the in-room a/c when a guest checks out so the temperature can go up to 80F or higher; such fun for the new guest not to be able to turn on the a/c and go out for a while.

Rooms where insertion of said plastic room key causes all 8 (!) lights, plus the television, to come on automatically. It's lovely to spend 30 seconds wandering around, turning off all but one light, every time you return to the room.

So-called air-conditioned hotels that really are not, because the "chilled" air is so warm the room won't even cool off overnight.

"Design" hotels with features and fixtures selected for looks rather than functionality, such as a bathroom lavatory set in the middle of a very large round countertop with no adjoining wall to keep items from falling to the floor. Who wants to lean way forward to brush his teeth at a lavatory set 6" from the edge of the countertop?

Rooms not cramped for space that have a bed-side table and/or light on only one side of a bed intended for two people.

Rooms, again of adequate size, that have no raised surface on which to place a suitcase, other than furniture that might be damaged or soiled by a wheeled suitcase.

Rooms with only 3 or 4 coat hangers. I don't care what they look like; just give me some coat hangers!

Rooms with no lavatory stopper.

Rooms with inadequate curtains. There's a reason most of us sleep at night. Or try to.

Balcony doors that can be inadvertently locked by pressing a small, unnoticed button.

Hotels advertising an elevator without clarifying that some rooms still require going up or down a flight of stairs, so potential guests don't realize they need to request a room accessible by elevator when booking.

Hotels advertising Wi-Fi that don't have adequate equipment to supply the service in all rooms. I don't care that you're fully booked. You know how many rooms you have; that's what you need to support.

Stairs without handrails, especially when poorly lit.

Hotels and restaurants that purport to be completely non-smoking but cater to smokers without limiting them to specific rooms or areas.

Museums covered by city passes or museum passes that charge the full regular plus special-exhibition fee when there's a special exhibition, not just the special fee.

Sale of water in ludicrously small (0.2-liter) bottles in restaurants, especially when it's over 90F outside.

Customers and railroad ticket booth personnel who complete their business transactions and continue conversing about personal matters for 10 minutes, while the customers in line miss their trains.

Whew. I guess that's enough. I feel better now.

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acraven: what is a 'a lavatory stopper'? A used nappy that someone has attempted to flush?
Or do you really mean a wash-basin plug?

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Yes, wash basin plug.

I love to travel. Have spent probably 500 days in Europe over 12 or so trips. Not really picky at all. But if you promise me air conditioning and Wi-Fi, I expect you to deliver. I selected your hotel (possibly having to move up one hotel class and pay quite a bit of extra money) to assure there would be a/c and wi-fi in my room. And I don't understand why cheap little things like coat hangers and lavatory stoppers are so often missing. Those are very often a problem in the US as well.

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Of course there are wash basins where no plug is provided, rare though. I've had rooms with them. In those cases I don't carry a plug, I use a plastic cap large enough to fit the wash basin. It works just as well as a plug. There is no water loss so that you can hand wash the laundry , at least in Germany.

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I think those little things (wash basin plugs, hangers) are easy to go missing, so may not be there when you check in. I do sink laundry in a 2.5 gallon Ziploc baggie, so no stopper needed.

Speaking of hangers, pet peeve: those hangers that are intended not to be removed from closets.

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Hangers? Me, too, Zoe! I'm short so can't always reach the darned things in some of those really tall closets.

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I agree with Zoe and andi about the hangers. What irks me is that you can't use them to hang clothes in the window or bathroom to dry.

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Hotel rooms for two people without luggage racks for two bags. Non-removable hangars.

Trendy bathrooms that are not functional (small vessel sink with faucet that barely reaches over the edge, no place to hang wet towels so they can dry).

Comforters that are too hot, and no light weight blanket provided.

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Oh, I got one, the bathroom fan in hotels/motels. In the states, even fancy 5-star hotels in the big city don't have a proper bathroom fan the way we do at home. Rather there is a small "vent" somewhere high on a wall and somehow that's where the steam, etc., escapes too, there's no active suction, and so the whole room gets steamed up as a result. I've never understood the logic/science of this vs. an actual bathroom fan. In smaller hotels/B&B's/guesthouses in Europe, there is often no fan or vent of any kind.

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Carolyn reminded me of the duvet situation. I'm really puzzled about what seems to be standard practice--a fitted sheet on the bed and a duvet inside a washable sheet-like cover, with nothing in between. I have a hard time sleeping without something over me. In hot weather, the duvet is way too much. Am I expected to remove the inner (down or polyfill) portion and just use the outer covering? I'd think hotels wouldn't want guests handling the warm central layer; I'm sure they don't clean it every time a guest checks out.

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That duvet discussion reminded me of one: What is this strange thing where you have a double bed, with duvets folded lengthwise on both sides? It's like sleeping bags, except that they are open at one side. Does anyone really sleep that way? We always unfold them and just sleep underneath. Usually they get too warm, though, and we kick them off. Then it's too cold, and we pull them on again, etc.

We've been encountering this in many hotels lately. Is this just a hotel thing? Does anyone use such an arrangement in their homes? How did it get started?

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Re the duvet issue--I admit to being totally perplexed by more than one of these odd bedcoverings, especially when they're on the bed sideways, or seem like a sleeping bag. Once I've wrestled them into submission they're fine.

Hangers that cannot be removed from the closet are an annoyance and are probably meant to thwart not just thieves but people like me who want to do laundry in the room. I finally bought a package of plastic single hangers with a clip at the bottom and curved top, but they really aren't good for much besides undies and socks. So, since you never know if there'll be a window or anywhere else to drape wet clothes, on my upcoming trip I will be packing a couple of real plastic hangers for tops and one for jeans with metal clips like they use in a dept store. I can always leave them behind if need be.

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Oh, and yes, hotels that include decorative pillows/cushions on top of the bed. Not that they're unsightly or not useful, but I'm quite sure they don't wash these things, in which case, it's as good as not having them.

And along these lines, hotels that use fabric/cushioned headboards. Again, I really can't see those being cleaned every time the room turns over or at all. I have seen one too many of these with dark stains on them, probably from people resting their heads on them, as one would do on a headboard.

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Acraven...I first noticed that at an Airbnb we stayed at in Paris last year. A fitted sheet on the mattress and a duvet, no sheets. Same thing...it was sept, so in the night I got warm, but couldn't really take the duvet down as I would then be too cold. Not sure why some think it's a good idea. Then instead of just removing a flat sheet to wash, you have to wrestle with getting the cover on and off the duvet...I guess maybe it's a cleanliness thing...where some may not like a comforter or blanket as they think it will be dirty because I'm sure a lot of people don't wash quilts or comforters every wash. But still put on a top sheet for us poor folk who run hot and cold!

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About the missing coat hangers: Stores with racks of travel essentials often sell inflatable hangers, or you can find them online. When I first started traveling, you could go the Notions department in a large store and buy a package of 3 inflatable hangers for about $1. Them was the good ol' days.

Wish I had stocked up, because inflatable hangers do not last forever and the newer ones are a bit bulker. Mine usually die because the plastic hook breaks or the metal hook pulls through the plastic at the connecting point. My trick for making them last as long as possible is to try not to use them for garments that are extremely heavy when wet (like jeans). I also roll everything in a towel and twist it before hanging up wet laundry, no matter what type of coat hanger I use.

The inflatables may work for slacks and skirts if your waist isn't too large, but I usually also take one or two of the small plastic-with-metal-clip hangers as mentioned above.

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Things I will not do on vacation: make my own bed and bring packed hangers.

Sometimes the front desk has regular cheap plastic hangers if you ask.

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Acraven mentioned a lot of things that annoy me. The curtains that don't meet in the middle, for example. I now pack along a clothespin so that I can close that gap (a large binder clip would work just as well).

It's usually hotel bathrooms that set me off, rather than the rooms themselves. Figuring that any room meant for more than one person should have a minimum of three towels (two bath and one hand) in the bathroom, why do there never seem to be enough towel bars or hooks? Whose bright idea was it to place the toilet paper roll behind and above my right shoulder so that I have to twist around and partially dislocate joints in order to get a few squares? And what's with the bizarre indirect lighting in nearly every hotel bathroom? All I want to do is put on eyeliner, but the light in the bathroom casts so many shadows that I look like Lon Chaney in "The Phantom of the Opera."

Some hotels provide regular hair dryers, and I love them for it. But why is the nearest outlet ten feet away from the mirror? Then there's the wall-mounted hair dryers that work reasonably well, except you have to keep your thumb pressed on a button the entire time you're using it. By the time you're done drying your hair, you have major hand-cramp. But the one that defeats me every time is The Worst Hair Dryer in the World: the one that looks like a vacuum cleaner hose with a crevice attachment. I can barely get the back of my head dry before the plastic "handle" heats up to 975 degrees. Those things should be outlawed by the EU! ;)

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Teresa,
I'll probably bring a lot of wrath down on my head for this, bit imo the explanation for several of your bathroom pet peeves is that they were designed by men.

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Designed by men? Men don't like to the nearest place for their shaver to be plugged in to be 10 feet from the mirror, either.

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Theresa, I take a small piece of blue masking tape (stick it to a plastic bag) and use it to hold down the button on the hair dryer. Works like a charm!

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I think most hotel bathroom issues are because they are designed with the convenience of the electricians and plumbers in mind, not the convenience of the guests who will use them. Either way, they are annoying.

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Like the large toilet paper holders in public restrooms, that are put about 2 feet off of the floor. You have to bend down and then twist and reach up inside it to find the end of the paper. Is there a reason those can't be put at eye level to a seated user?

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It drives me crazy as we all try to disembark off the plane and everyone starts running! We almost get run over! My husband has difficulty walking and we always try a walk to the side so people can pass us. We even stop at the restroom along the way. Then we finally arrive at the luggage carrousel. Guess what, everyone that almost knocked us over is a standing there waiting for their oversized suitcases! My favorite is when our small suitcases come off the plane first and off we go😍!
I know... We check our suitcases! Easier for us!

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"Guess what, everyone that almost knocked us over is a standing there waiting for their oversized suitcases! "

I think these are the same people that, as soon as the plane pulls up to the gate and stops moving, they immediately stand up and rush to pull their bags out of the overhead bin and start standing in the aisle....for what I must ask!? The cabin doors hasn't even opened yet and business class has yet to off board. What exactly is the gain there?

Even more annoying are the people who attempt this same maneuver but because they have the window seat they can't actually get out (unless they climb over the person(s) in the aisle and middle seat), so they're left standing with their head bent in an awkward position because the standing room at the window seat is limited by the overhead bin.

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"I take a small piece of blue masking tape" ... Good idea, Carolyn!

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I am sorry but you sound like a spoiled brat. Its not your country people have their own way of living and you are a guest. As to café places in Italy they are awesome and Italians told me that Starbucks will fail. Which I agree as well. I moved into the USA 32 years ago with a espresso maker when people had no clue what that was. Be happy you can travel, most people don't even get that chance...

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I do understand a bit why people will jump up on the plane and get into the aisle - have you ever tried to get out into the aisle and grab your stuff when people start moving out? Wow - people will hardly even let you out - heaven forbid they have to pause for 30 seconds - then give you the stink eye when you have to grab your bag out of the overhead.

We usually sit half way down the plane. I don't want to wait til everyone is out because then that is just that many more people in front of me at the passport line (which is prob why these people are in such a hurry to get off). But the people who barely even wait for the seatbelt sign to go off and they are chomping at the bit to go - that's overkill (maybe they have a tight connection...or maybe they are on the Amazing Race...lol).

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Bev said: "2) People who post on forums and do not spell words correctly or use correct grammar."

Thank you, Bev, I'll try to remember this.

My pet peeve: people who wake up at 6 in the morning just to put their towels in the pool chairs... and they only go to the pool at noon.

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My pet peeve is when travelsers post multiple Facebook post during the day showing there fancy accommodations, etc. Seems like they are more interested in impressing people back home then enjoying their vacation.

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Acraven, those slots where you put your room card in to turn on the lights are mechanical, not electronic. All you need to do is insert some card, even a simple cardboard business card, to make them work. In Sevilla, we had a hotel where they gave us a small metal plate to use for that purpose, so that the room could be cool when we came back. On the trip to Spain I returned from on Friday, I just used a business card in two different places.

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Some of the slots for cards are mechanical and some are electronic. I've had both. So I always try a cardboard one first.....keeps the batteries charging when I'm out.

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My pet peeve?

If families with children need extra time to board the aircraft and get on first because of it, why do they also try to get off first and hold up the rest of us?

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People who try to discourage others from going to places they want to visit.

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Airports,
I hate airports, I admit it. But I hate airport departure "lounges" particularly. They are not designed for passenger comfort, they are designed as holding areas to allow the shops (and by extension the airport) to make money out of you. Airports have a financial incentive to keep you waiting as long as possible, in the hope you will buy more.

  • Seats. There are never enough seats.
  • Departure displays. These are never where you can see them when you are sitting down. So every few minutes you have to get up to check, and somebody steals your seat.
  • Shops. Way too many trying to sell things I would never buy. Take up over 50% of the floorspace. Get rid of some shops and add more seats.
  • Windows instead of artificial light. But the shops block the outside walls.
  • Air conditioning. Can you have some open windows so I can get some fresh air, or at least have an outside balcony (but do not allow smokers to make in uninhabitable).
  • Food. Usually grim. Either a Fast Food chain are re-heated mush.
  • Duty Free shops are a tax subsidy to the airport/airline industry. You don't get Duty Free on a train or a bus. Same applies to aircraft getting tax free fuel. Both these tax scams should be abolished.
  • Shopping bags. Airlines limit you to one piece of hand luggage (good), but items bought in airport shops do not count. Also, many safety studies say glass bottles in aircraft overhead bins are dangerous. One piece of hand luggage should mean that, including shopping bags in the count. If you want to buy something, put it in your hand luggage or don't bring any hand luggage.

That's my rant for what it is worth.

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"My pet peeve is when travelsers post multiple Facebook post during the day showing there fancy accommodations, etc. Seems like they are more interested in impressing people back home then enjoying their vacation."

Facebook would not be the success it is if it weren't for peoples' pride and vanity. It's a free-for-all place for people to show off themselves (glamour selfies anyone?? ugh) AND receive ample positive glowing feedback from their friends. If FB did not have the replies/comments feature, would people still post such things? Think about it for a second, before Facebook, heck, before the internet, was it common to take self portrait glamor shots of yourself in various poses, print them out in wallet size, and mail them out to all your friends, and then have them write back or call you and tell them how amazing you look? Before I digress too far, with regards to travels and vacations, and the above peeve, yes, half the time these so-called travel posts on FB have less to do with destination and culture and more to do with the person and their extravagance.