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Travel Annoyances

December 20, 2008

Filed under: life,travel — Terry Wohlers @ 08:47

I like to travel and would not do it if I didn’t. I enjoy meeting people from around the world, experiencing new cultures and foods, and seeing historic sites and the countryside. I understand and appreciate most of the security measures at airports. However, there’s a few things associated with travel that are irritating, especially when they occur repeatedly.


One aggravation are the fees for Internet access at some hotels and airport lounges. Many hotel chains in the U.S. now offer free, unlimited Internet. They know that it does not cost them much once the network is in place. The maintenance cost is minimal compared to what they gain (happy customers) in return. I stayed at a hotel in Europe recently that charged $25 per day for access. When paying, you must also enter login codes and passwords and they can be a headache. I usually voice my disapproval when checking in and I hope you do too. I hope that someday, it is free and simple wherever you stay.


Most beds at hotels are reasonably comfortable, but I just don’t understand the reasoning behind a duvet, which is used widely in Europe and some other parts of the world. Maybe it’s because I grew up with sheets and blankets. Using or not using a duvet is like being an oven or refrigerator and nothing in-between. There’s no way to regulate comfort. Would someone please explain to me why they are used?


On occasion, people must answer their phone or make a phone call in public, but why do they have to talk so loudly? Many talk much louder than if they were holding a conversation face-to-face. I sat across from a woman on a train recently that talked for 30 minutes non-stop and it was anything but pleasant. Others in the train car were giving her the evil eye, but that didn’t seem to matter. What’s wrong with these people?


It’s a privilege to travel and I enjoy it a lot, and overall, these annoyances are minor. When they occur over and over, they can be puzzling.



  1. Hi Terry

    I fully agree with you. I dont mind people experimenting with their own lives, but when it comes to mine, let me decide whether I want to experiment with it or not. When an airline says cell phones must be turned off, they do as far as I understand it, mean off, not just switch the ring tone off. I really don’t care if a cell phone does or doesn’t hamper the proper functioning of an aircraft. You won’t die if you miss a call, however, you may die if you take it and kills the rest of us.

    Comment by Richard — January 21, 2009 @ 09:16

  2. Hi Terry

    A duvet is a cover that protects a comforter investment, or blanket. Some are decorative and match the comforter, so as to not take away from the decorative intent of the comforter to match, or enhance the room. During my many years of travel, I began to agree with the idea of using a duvet because I’m sure many bags of luggage hit the tops of hotel room beds on a regular basis.

    I remember back in 1997 when a co-worker and I from DTM were staying at a hotel in Pennsylvania for work at a customer site. The 1996-1997 timeframe is when I define the culture of travel took a turn for the worse. We were eating breakfast, having a great start to the day, when a person’s cell phone rang and the guy picked it up. He spoke loudly for literally the next 10 minutes and I thought it was rude, but didn’t say anything. My co-worker, who was a lot more verbal than me, said in a loud voice “Oh G*d.” I then said to my co-worker, “Do people really need to interrupt a tradition, and what should be a sacred and privileged time in their lives to appease someone else?” I don’t think so. I couldn’t help but hear what this guy was saying, but I concluded it was 10 minutes of garble and basic narcissism. We should hold times in our lives that give us much needed downtime as sacred and a privileged tradition that keeps us sane. There is plenty of time in our busy lives to address what needs to be addressed.

    Comment by RobK — February 10, 2009 @ 10:40