I hope you’ve all been enjoying your weekend! I’ve actually just come back from a ten-day holiday in la belle France which was a lot of fun (comment down below if you’d like me to do a post about my stay there 🙂 ). I love visiting new places, but let’s be honest… there are some things about traveling that everyone hates. So, without further ado, here’s my list of 10 things I hate about traveling. Enjoy!
Now I don’t know about you, but every single time I travel I wait until the night before my flight to pack my suitcase. And we both know that’s it’s not just a simple matter of packing my suitcase. Oh no. First I have to google the weather forecast to make sure that I’m bringing appropriate clothing, then I have to spend ages coordinating outfits because for some reason whenever I go abroad I turn into some big fashionista. After that, I have to put all my stupid little toiletries into little zip log bags and make sure I still have enough place in my bag to bring souvenirs back with me.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m one of the least rebellious people in the world. I follow rules, I do my homework, I don’t even play those violent video games that my brother loves so much. So why is it that whenever I’m going through airport security I’m convinced that I’ve magically turned into a convicted criminal? Everyone else is calmly putting their electronics and shampoo on the conveyor-belt-thing and I’m over here freaking out that they’re going to find a load of explosives in my backpack.
- Blocked ears
There are three things that really annoy me in life; empty toothpaste tubes, mosquito bites and blocked ears. And I don’t care what people say – ‘eat chewing gum’ or ‘hold your breath’ – because as soon as that plane takes off, my ears will get blocked and I will be half deaf for the next three days.
It’s my firm belief that the UN should come up with some sort of universal shower regulations because I just give up. Every time I use a new shower it takes me 5-6 working days to figure out how to turn the thing on and then another week to learn how to adjust the damn temperature.
- Time zones
Ah… time zones a.k.a. the reason I’m waking up at 2 a.m. every morning. But really jet lag doesn’t even bother me that much. What bother’s me is that for my entire vacation I have no clue what time of the day it is because half of my electronic devices have changed time automatically while the other half’s still 4 hours behind. And as for my watch, I would rather calculate what time it is for my entire holiday because I’m just too lazy to manually change the hour.
It’s a well known scientific fact that today’s generation of living organisms need Wi-Fi to survive (and yes, nowadays plants do have laptops). So believe me when I say the struggle to connect to wi-fi in a new place is a serious one. How else can I send photos to my friends and make them jealous? I mean I could be camping in the middle of the Sahara desert and I would still be asking the camels for the Wi-Fi code.
You know that thing when you go abroad, look something up on the internet and discover that you can no longer read English? But then you realise that google does that annoying thing where it automatically switches to the countries google and everything’s in Mandarin Chinese? Actually, I’ve never been to China so that might not even be true, but you know what I mean!
- Family Road Trips
I come from a pretty big family, so any kind of travel is a bit of an ordeal. But a few years ago, my family decided to drive 15 hours from France to Italy and can I just say memories of that road trip still haunt me at night. Seriously, I have no idea how we didn’t all kill each other.
- Different Currencies
Despite the fact that I’ve spent a pretty high percentage of my life studying maths, I still suck at currency conversion. I went to London on a school trip one year and I still have no idea how much money I spent over there. Actually, thinking back on it every single shop keeper I met probably ripped me off and I didn’t realise it.
- Plane food
You know in Harry Potter 4 when they have the Triwizard Tournament and the champions have to compete in three deadly challenges? Yeah, well one of those challenges should have been who can eat the most plane food because I swear that stuff is lethal. Forget dragons, try finishing a plate of congealed stew and cold rice Harry!
Well, that’s it for today! Can you guys relate or am I just insanely negative? Let me know in the comments if I forgot any other irritating aspects of travel and have a great week!