Maybe hate is too strong of a word, but dislike does not seem to do these things justice for this allergic traveler.
- Turbulence. Let’s face it no one likes turbulence. Some may cry, others may wince, some may become ashen, and some may sit there and vow never to fly again. No matter where your feelings lie, I have yet to meet someone in all my years of traveling that loves turbulence. I think it’s the big guy’s way of saying, life is short don’t take it for granted!
- New security measures. Yes I get the importance of it. But people the airports beefed up security over 10 years ago! It is time to get with the program. Go to the airport prepared, know that it will take longer to get through security and be organized. People that show up half frazzled and are thrown off by the extra measures; I wonder where they have been. The security measures are not going away, so people need to adapt.
- Lack of water. I understand this is an extension of the security system however I do not like it that the security department determines when I am thirsty. I have always had water on me since I was in college. It is like my security blanket. I know if I am at a function where I can’t eat due to my food allergies, at least I have my water with me. As part of all the additional fees the airports are charging us, they should include a fee for complimentary water. It would be nice once your purse and laptop get scanned, that the agent hands you a bottle of complimentary water! I know a girl can dream.
- Changing planes and having to recheck your luggage. This is just a pain. If you are flying domestically, and then you switch to an international flight, often times you need to pick up your luggage while you go through customs. Now imagine if you have a baby, diaper bags with you, formula etc. It’s just too much to transport and you end up making a scene because it is not going as smoothly as you would like.
- Airport noise. I have no idea why I am so sensitive to noise, but I hate useless noise. Airports are a prime hub for over abuse of noise. Whether it is the consistent paging, the cell phones ringing, the beeping of the cart, it’s all too much. I think we need to make a conscious effort to reduce our own noise. If we all do this together, then there is bound to be less noise pollution. There are airports outside of North America that are a lot quieter; Zurich’s airport is a prime example. They have bicycles instead of beeping carts.
- Fees. All the additional fees to travel. The airlines are in a great position now as they are making money again for the first time in a long time. However, it does seem excessive. Baggage fees, lunch fees, alcohol fees, headphone fees etc… I understand that the airlines need to make money, but when does it stop?
- Guy on phone. You know the guy, the loud talker, and the one who is going to lunch with his boss and then dinner with his wife. And the reason you know this, is because he won’t get up a walk away to have his conversation. He insists on sitting in the waiting area, with everyone else and discusses all his personal affairs. Have you heard of texting?
- Rude people. I have to say I admire those that work in the airline industry. It has to be hard to go to work everyday in a loud environment, where people are always frustrated and these employees have to park miles away from their “office.” However, no matter how difficult it is, it does not give you the right to be rude. I am sorry if your job is difficult, but if you are going to show up to work please bring a smile and leave the attitude at home.
- Canceled flights. This happens but no one enjoys it. What irks me even more is when the airport is far from civilization and there is nowhere to go. You can only stand the airport ambiance for so long.
- The temperature of planes. I always have to travel with socks and a pashmina. I am always cold on planes. It does not matter if it is 100 F or 40C outside, the plane is always ridiculously too cold. Now that some airlines are charging for blankets, I need to use my pashmina as a blanket. Again it’s a pain.
Even with all these reasons, I would never give up traveling. It has taught me so much. One of them being patience! What are some of your dislikes about traveling? Did I forget any?
Author: Tarah Jakubiak
After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 24 countries and 26 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.