5 pet peeves of travellers

I have probably spent most of the last few months of my life on an airplane.

My body has finally given in and decided it doesn't know what part of the world we are in and, frankly, I agree with it.

So if you do receive a phone call from me at some ungodly hour, it’s not my fault.

Although it is relaxing to be in a warmer climate, doing that on four different continents in 10 days is a little excessive.

Besides, I can’t wait to get home to the family and ski at Telemark.

This morning, I was having what I hope might be the last travel breakfast of the year in sunny Pompano Beach, Fla.

I was sitting at an oceanside cabana when, all of a sudden, the annoying buzz of a drone crept in to my private space.

The waiters and waitresses were a little aghast and one even admitted she had never seen such a contraption.

Privacy was one aspect of concern, but, frankly, the idiot operating it was flying it about four feet over everyone’s heads who had not consented to being on the dude's video.

Aside from that, it was just plain noisy.

Then, at the next table, the guy’s phone went off. Now, I just passed my army medical with the only bad point being that my hearing had deteriorated, so I understand some people are hard of hearing.

But, frankly, he would have heard his phone ring in Miami if he left it at the table in Pompano Beach.

He proceeded to talk loudly, hung up and off it went again. Then, the lady behind me had exactly the same ring tone and same volume.

It was 8 a.m. at an Atlantic beach resort where people were trying to get a quiet breakfast. Even with my deficient hearing, I can hear my phone on vibrate. 

Can we just ban cell phones? Maybe I should talk to Trump, after all, he is going to turn off the Internet.

Maybe he can do cell phones too.

That brings me to the title, what is the top five peeves of frequent travellers.

Here you go, compliments of a survey on travel dating website, Miss Travel:

  • Selfie sticks
  • Hogging overhead compartments
  • Using an iPad to take photos 
  • Distraction with social media
  • Smelly food on airplanes

It seems I am not the only person frustrated by technology. 


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