Having traveled all my life, I have become quite familiar with what I love and hate about traveling. This week’s blog post is dedicated to all the things I love. And you guessed it, next week’s post will be dedicated to all the things I hate. The below list is in no particular and reflects my experience over the years.

  1. Meeting new people. Whether it is on the plane, at restaurants or at hotels, I love listening to other people’s stories.
  2. Improved airport amenities. I have been traveling since the age of two. I have witnessed a lot of changes over the years. It could be small things like improved coffee shops or more well thought out things like gyms and spas added to airports. I am thankful for all the enhancements that have been made over the years.
  3. Free wi-fi. This could fall under the improved amenities, however I believe it is an essential today. I do not see how a business traveler could survive without this. Also, I do not see a just reason to charge for wi-fi. Everyone needs it, kind of like water. If you have water fountains at your airport, you should have free wi-fi!
  4. Food markets. I love airports that have food markets. This is especially great for this Allergic Traveler. If I am traveling through a certain airport that has a market, I will pack less food. It is reassuring to know that I will be able to eat at the airport in a safe way. This concept is much more popular in Europe, and should become so in the US.
  5. Seeing new places. Once I have left the airport, I am always eager to look out the taxi’s window to see where I am, what the climate is like, and what the skyline looks like.
  6. People watching. I love to sit in a “square” at a coffee shop and people watch. The local coffee is always a welcome delight as well as sitting back and watching the fashion, hairdos and interaction of the people.
  7. Hearing different languages. In some parts of the world this is not so easy. However, if I am visiting a large city, I love walking down the street and listening to all the languages. I love to see if I can identify the language.
  8. Getting away. There is no question, we all need a break in the monotony of our every day lives. If for no other reason, than to leave it all behind and take a break. I enjoy the escapism at times.
  9. Learning about different cultures. This comes from my appreciation with history, whether it be for museums, monuments or events, I appreciate where “this” place has come from and I want to learn more.
  10. The view from the plane. This to me always signals the commencement of my adventure.

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 25 countries and 34 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.