Annoying Things About Travel That I Miss
“People say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Truth is, you knew what you had, you just never thought you’d lose it.” Clarissa Wild
Traveling the world is not as easy as it looks. It is not always luxurious and it doesn’t always make you a better person. Social media puts a lot of pressure on you to make it look effortless and fun at all times. It is still the best part of my life and I miss everything about it. I even miss all the annoying things. Here are some of them.
Packing. Packing cubes, Packing lists and packing sox in my shoes.
Miniature bottles that sometimes leak.
The Journey Are we there yet? Especially not so easy to get to destinations.
One Night Hotel Stay. It is a connection thing. I arrive too late and leave too early to see anything. Whatever I need no matter how I plan, is usually on the bottom of my suitcase.
Airport Hotels that are not attached to the airport. This always includes traffic.
Flight Delays. In some countries, there are no explanations and no one seems surprised or aggravated that the plane is late. Planes leave when they leave. Hakuna Matata is a real thing.
Airport Security Because I have to travel with too many health related liquids and a doctors note-I am often treated like a terrorist and have almost missed my plane a few times.
Airplane Restrooms Whoever designed the interior of a plane clearly forgot to include a restroom and threw it in at the last minute.
Walking down the steps from a plane that has landed on the tarmac.Its super hot, super freezing, raining or snowing and the right clothes are in your checked luggage. Also my carry on is very heavy.
Arrival Jet Lag. I suck it up and power through. I can sleep when I am home.
Bad Weather – especially animals lining up in pairs rainstorms.
Cruise Ships in the summer emptying thousands of people into a small destination at the same time.
Getting Lost. You would think that with all the hand held GPS navigation and my love of asking directions and hand motions, this wouldn’t be on my list but it still is.
Unsafe Drinking Water. After seeing “Slumdog Millionaire” I now have to worry about fake sealed bottles of water and make sure to drink a reputable local brand.
Sleeping under a mosquito net. A mosquito net means that you are sleeping near a lot of bugs and very far away from home. Worse than that, is lying in bed in the night and finding a hole in your mosquito net.
Adventurous street crossings. There are many cities where people ignore lights or they do not have them. Only the confident survive. Make your move and keep going.
Dirty Travel Clothes by the last week of my trip.
I miss it all.