Here are some really annoying travelers. I hope I am not one of them!
1. The guy who complains about everything to get free stuff.
I think a traveler (the customer) should complain when it is warranted. It can be done in a constructive manner. And yes, sometimes, it results in a coupon for future use. My experience has been simple: the nicer the letter, the better and more generous the response!
2. The pool and hot tub hoggers.
They act as if nobody else is staying at the hotel. And they are always drinking or already drunk. The sign tells them that 20 minutes in the hot tub is max! This also applies to lap swimmers, and the dreaded pool chair saver.
3. The embarrassingly underdressed traveler.
Nobody wants to sit next to a sweaty armpit, covered only with a cheap tank top. Skimpy is okay on the right body. For the rest of us, please bring a T-shirt or cover-up.
4. The backpacker going to “find himself” in Southeast Asia.
Stay away from the extreme spiritual quest type, or those that have adopted a new Buddhist name. Worse yet, a tattoo of some Chinese character that looks more like a spider than anything meaningful.
5. The Instabragger.
Either he got into The French Laundry in Yountville because he “knows” someone, or just got booked into a hotel that is just impossible to book. You can usually find his exploits of Facebook or Twitter. Or better yet, he or she will text you!
6. The Facebooker who checks in everywhere.
Is it informational or a form of bragging? While I send an almost daily email when I am on the road, these emails have been requested. A few even had the audacity to ask to be removed from the list! But please, I do not need to know you used the water closet at Harrod’s in London or the Playboy Mansion.
7. The infrequent flyer.
You know who you are. You crowd the line when boarding the plane, forgetting about row number or boarding group. Even in the Pre-check line, he forgets to leave his shoes on and his laptop in his bag. Please stay home next time!
8. Problem passengers.
Someone on the plane is high maintenance or a chatty Cathy. They do not know how to use the over head bin. And they have to grab and bump your seat every time they move or get up.
9. The unappreciative diner.
Eating your way through a destination is a big part of the travel experience. Just ask Bizarre Foods guru, Andrew Zimmern. But why go to Burger King or McDonald’s when visiting the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben?
10. The European non tippers.
I hate those visitors who come to America and pretend that they do not need to tip. I found the same with Japanese tourists in Africa, since the entire country of Japan does not tip.
11. The hyper-haggler.
Though bargaining is part of the fun of buying overseas, try to remember that these folks are trying to make a living. I always try to find the vendor who looks the neediest, or has a bunch of young children in the booth or store. And please, bargain with a smile!
12. The boring traveler.
You know who you are. You want to stay at the hotel pool all day, and never go sightseeing. Get a life!
13. The newbie traveler who suddenly knows everything.
He can’t wait to tell you about everything he has researched. The problem is that he gets the facts wrong. Ignore him, buy your own travel guide, or better yet, hire a local guide or student.
14. The children draggers.
Please, take your kids to appropriate places at appropriate times. A five-year cannot possible enjoy the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, or the 10pm reservation at Emeril’s in Nawlins. Please!
15. The overtly overly friendly couple.
They enter your personal space, and want to learn your life story. They seem to be everywhere you go, the hotel bar, the pool, the tour bus, the cute little restaurant across the street. Yes, they are a cute couple, but not that cute!