10 Things I HATE about Traveling


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!

  1. Packing

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.

  1. Security

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Showers

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Wi-Fi

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.

  1. Google

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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!




  1. Happily Tanned · September 6, 2016

    Your post made me laugh! very engaging! I must say that I love packing and family road trips! Rest all points I agree with you especially about WiFi and currency exchange. 🙂


    • maya · September 7, 2016

      Haha thanks! Glad you can relate 🙂


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  3. steelyseamstress · May 7, 2016

    This is such a fun post. I really relate to the no. 2 security. Ever travelled to Russia, well, security goes something like this: Hang over passport, wait, man behind desk looks at photo, looks at you, wait, looks at photo, looks at computer, wait, looks at computer again, types, looks at you, looks at photo, wait, talks to colleague, they both look at computer, some typing, looks passport, look at you, wait….really starting to feel paranoid now, look at computer, look at you, wait, look at computer … and finally beckons… and I’m through, phew!


  4. blaskey2000 · May 7, 2016

    Great post. I just got back from a trip and I can really relate.


  5. loujenhaxmyor · May 2, 2016

    Pack your oldest underwear and socks and other clothes you might consider getting rid of soon. Little by little, toss them at your destination to make room for those souvenirs. Also, if y0ur visiting certain countries, don’t forget about bringing a voltage converter. Enjoy your trips, and please shows us some pics from those travels.


    • msw blog · May 8, 2016

      I learned about the converter the hard way :). Though Love your tip on underwear and socks…lol


  6. tinksyviv · May 1, 2016

    OMG! I can completely relate to every single thing you said (except the Security one). I haven’t really travelled by flight that much, but whenever it comes to sports trips, road trips or just…TRIPS, I’ve faced similar problems! *gives high five* 😉


  7. stcoemgen · April 29, 2016

    I use https://duckduckgo.com/. You can go to the “Advanced Settings” menu item to set and save your preferred language. Use your browser settings (on computers, tablets or phones) to make it your default search engine.


  8. discoveringiblog · April 26, 2016

    This is the most relatable thing I have read in quite some time. Love it. 👍


  9. thechiccommunity · April 26, 2016

    i meant post* not poet 😂


  10. thechiccommunity · April 26, 2016

    wifi is a huge mess. especially when in hotel rooms the limited amount of devices that can connect are 5, my brothers have in total 728272 ipads, my parents phones, and my laptop and phone. its always a mess!
    but i love this poet, finally someone who understands what i go through x


  11. Little Voice · April 25, 2016

    Fun read…


  12. Wasan Abod · April 25, 2016

    Totally agree with you! Especially on point 1: Packing!! What i hates most about it is that i always manage to pack like 5 times more than what i’ll eventually wear yet however i never learn from my mistakes! 😩
    Great Post👍


  13. maffsnotebook · April 23, 2016

    I love the way you write. I know this is supposed to be a hate list, but i find myself enjoying reading it cos your writing is amaaazing.


    • maya · April 24, 2016

      Aw thanks 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Kinda Bexy · April 23, 2016

    My list of ten things I hate about travel would start with: 1) Planes polluting our atmosphere
    Not that I am ever going to be up in one of those tin cans ever!!! < fear


  15. libertylisgaras · April 20, 2016

    Love this! Hilarious and true 🙂


  16. Josh Gross | The Jaguar · April 19, 2016

    “It’s my firm belief that the UN should come up with some sort of universal shower regulations…”

    That’s actually a really good idea, along with training camels to be WiFi technicians 😀


  17. trainofthought · April 18, 2016

    Great Post! I can totally relate 🙂
    I’d love a post about your stay in la belle France! 🙂


    • maya · April 18, 2016

      Thanks! I’ll try to post about France next week then 🙂 So glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. rainydaysplace · April 18, 2016

    Brilliant!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • maya · April 18, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂


  19. frederick anderson · April 18, 2016

    I agree with all of the above. My best foreign shower moment was in Amsterdam when I discovered after five minutes the drain was blocked. Plants with laptops, yes; but my local oak tree’s email speed is seriously slow, and ‘wind still blowing, bird infestation on south branch 5’ is of limited interest…


  20. the happiest pixel · April 18, 2016

    Another thing that I hate when traveling is all that time spent at the airport waiting for your flight, specially if you have to take two planes and the travel itselfs lasts hours and hours…or when your flight is delayed…
    Oh, and having a baby crying next to you in the plane, or any kind of annoying people sitting next to you…

    But I still love traveling, of course!!
    Love, thp


  21. mappbox · April 18, 2016

    I will be traveling in 3 weeks’ time and, yes, I have to face some of what you enumerated again lol


  22. Matt Kincade · April 18, 2016

    I completely agree about the showers. But plot twist: Google is censored in China, so you don’t even have to worry about it.


  23. wanghui138138 · April 17, 2016

    Tell me about it! I actually personally love airplane food (I know, I am super weird), but ugh, packing and security stress me out! And I totally feel the Google thing because I go to China once a year…I always have to purchase a VPN…

    Liked by 1 person

  24. themilesglobetrotters · April 17, 2016

    Don’t forget the plane SMELL! Always hits me when I get the window seat


  25. ericluskjopson · April 17, 2016

    For some reason it happens every time I fly to Europe…


  26. ericluskjopson · April 17, 2016

    I travel by wandering around with a backpack, tent and guitar while sticking my thumb out at cars, so most of this stuff is too luxurious to apply to me XD

    What does bother me me though, is when my luggage doesn’t arrive when I do, and I have to wait around for a day or two.

    Liked by 1 person

    • maya · April 17, 2016

      Hahaha, sorry I’ll try and be less posh in my next post 😉 My luggage has luckily never been delayed, but I can imagine how inconvenient it would be!

      Liked by 2 people

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