Travel Annoyances – Tips and Laughs

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  1. I’m actually looking forward to the Sky Couch on ANZ on our flight to the Cook Islands in August! Right now I use the 1st class kid travel pillow for my 5 year old and she generally sleeps all night on long-hauls, but this will be even better. And as far as screaming kids go, I’m lucky that mine has been an excellent traveler since we started flying with her at 6 weeks. However I do understand that some kids are just unhappy regardless of where they are and there isn’t a thing the parents can do to make them stop screaming. I just thank God it’s them and not me!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      LOL! I know. Whenever we have a screaming kiddo nearby I just try to send good vibes to the parents who are wishing baby was quiet as much as everyone else is wishing that!!

  2. I don’t really mind all the extra fees the airlines put on you after having bought a ticket. I mean, flight tickets are way cheaper now than they were, and people pay for what they need. For an experienced solo traveller, the system ensures cheaper tickets as I dont need a horrible meal, prebooked seats etc. Let people pay for what they use.

  3. I agree with you about the annoyance of boarding an airplane like a herd of cattle but some airlines go too far when it comes to priority boarding. When I flew with United, I couldn’t believe they have 5 categories of travelers. It seems so hierarchical and classist!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      I know!! Once we were the first boarding group and so when boarding time was announced we walked up to get in line. We were stunned when we realized there were SO many groups ahead of #1. LOL! Gold boarding, platinum boarding, silver star boarding…LOL! We were practically last to get on the plane. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your opinion.

  4. Daisy says:

    Hahah that was hilarious! But you know what, somehow I do love plane food. love the mystery of pulling back that foil cover and discovering what’s inside 😉 Thank god I have yet to experience any extremes though. Being stuck in a metal box with any of these would be exhaausting

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Well that is interesting! It does help pass the time. I always look forward to the meal coming to check it out…just in case there is something yummy in it. 😉 At least dessert! Thanks for sharing your opinions.

  5. Ha ha I had a chuckle reading some of these because I can totally relate! I never understand why there is such a stampede to board the plane in a hurry when you’re all going to be sitting down for the next few hours anyway! Also when the plane lands and suddenly anyone quickly hurries to unclick their seat belts, even though the light is still on, and stand hovering in the aisle. And we’re mostly all likely to be waiting at the baggage claim anyway!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Hurry up and wait….seems to be the new mantra for airline travel. LOL! Thanks for sharing your annoyances.

  6. Yes, I totally relate to this post with all these annoyances. I always try to do my best to have a positive attitude but sometime its not easy when people are being rude or pushing me out of the gate once landed. I think it’s neat that people are coming up with ways to solve some of these annoyances like the arrest and sky couch. I just wish that the airlines wouldn’t charge every single thing like picking seats and snacks, making it hard for people to enjoy their flights. By the way, I can’t stand feet at all. I easily get grossed out whenever I see people picking their feet or really anything to do with it. Luckily I haven’t encountered that on the plane but I have seen that on trains or buses.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Feet…..Just WHY?? Aren’t the grossed out by where they are putting their feet? We sure are grossed out seeing them everywhere. Just yesterday I saw another post online with someone’s feet sticking through on the armrests to the chair in front of them. Mercy sakes!! Thanks for sharing your annoyances. 🙂

  7. rhiydwi says:

    That Air New Zealand couch looks amazing! I can totally sympathise with your reservations about them being a potential invitation to the mile high club BUT just imagine how amazing it would be to get a whole row to yourself?! I need a paperclip armchair in my life. Such a good idea – why is it not on most airlines yet?! As for airlines charging for everything – SO annoying! The worst part about flying short-haul is constantly having extra charges piled on top of what you originally thought was a bargain trip. And then when the cabin crew wander through with a trolley full of duty free goods half way through!! I just want to push their trolley out of the plane.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      The paperclip arm rest is the BEST idea, isn’t it??? I would love to try it in person. I do think the New Zealand couch would make it easier for kids to get some sleep…as mom would be the pillow…maybe not so much for mom, though. LOL!

  8. Joanna says:

    Oh, I so hate the “cattle boarding”. I fly very often in Europe and 99% of the time I will use a low cost carrier, like Ryanair for example. They do board on sections of the plane but they only guarantee that your carryon will go on board if you are among the first 90. So you can imagine that one hour before boarding even starts, as soon as the gate is shown, people start to queue. It’s so annoying but then again, if you don’t then you might have to give your hand luggage to be checked in, and what do you do if it’s full of equipment, like laptop, camera and lenses?

    • NatalieTanner says:

      I do, too! With the recent ban on electronics on some airlines I fear that dealing with stuff like electronics in bags instead of carryon is certainly going to be more common. Thanks for sharing your annoyances. 🙂

  9. This is such a useful post…well feet…oh my…smelly smelly feet! I have such a hightened sense of smell and this causes me so much grief. I was once next to a smelly man…guess he hadnt taken a bath for a week. I almost threw up!
    Well…thanks a bunch for the tips and suggestions…being prepared will take away from grief 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      UGH! I feel your pain and have been really lucky over the years truthfully, but always good to be prepared just in case. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  10. This was such a hilarious post to read! You had me at the first one right off the bat – it’s awkward when you’re sharing an armrest with a stranger. And about that boarding mess? I don’t get it either. There are assigned seats indeed and people still line up making it difficult to get through!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Travel seems to bring out the worst in some people! Have you seen the passenger shaming stuff online? OH. MERCY. LOL!

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