October 31, 2017
Eight Frustrating things about Traveling
We all enjoy traveling for countless reasons. But, like most things in life, there are some drawbacks you should know about. Here are some frustrating aspects of travel.
Planning the Actual Trip
Depending on how long and extensive a trip is, planning it can be a pain. Multi-destination travel is particularly hard due to planning multiple flights or other modes of transportation along with accommodations. Budgeting for a trip, on a per day or per week basis, can also be tough due to fluctuating exchange rates. Do your research online about where you’re going or better yet, ask someone who has already been there.
Delayed, Cancelled, or Missed Transportation
This is a reality for most travelers nowadays. Whether you miss a flight or your ferry gets cancelled due to bad weather or mechanical issues, always prepare for the unexpected. It can sometimes make sense to purchase travel insurance, as these unexpected factors can throw off your entire trip off.
Sometimes there is a lot of hype when traveling to a certain destination. Paris could be a perfect example of an overrated destination. Some can argue that other than major attractions like the Eiffel Towel and the Arc de Triomphe, Paris isn’t all it is hyped up to be. Ask someone who has already been to your prospective destination for advice. It’s also a good idea to have a plan B. If you go to a destination that isn’t what you expected, venture out nearby and do some discovering.
Hoards of Tourists
Traveling to a popular destination often means dealing with a lot of tourists. This can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you have groups of people nearly trampling over you from every direction. It can make you feel like just another number. Large volumes of tourists can also making waiting in line for museums or restaurants a nightmare, not to mention making it impossible to take a picture without being photo bombed.
When traveling to major tourist destinations, you are bound to come across a tourist trap in the center of the city. A good example of one is Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Places like these are often expensive, tacky, inauthentic, and designed to take your money. Tourist traps aren’t ideal for dining either. Restaurants in these areas generally have bad service and are pricey. Restaurant owners can get away with this because they know they have a guaranteed flow of daily customers who won’t be in town for long. Try to limit staying in these areas and follow what the locals do. Do your research or ask a local friend. If you don’t have any local acquaintances, ask a tourism office or your hotel concierge.
Weather can always be a factor in traveling. Imagine you take a weekend trip somewhere and torrential rains or even a snowstorm ruins it. Or you travel to a ski resort and it is 90 degrees out. Not much can be done at that point. It helps to research weather patterns in advance and schedule your travel dates around seasons with weather you prefer.
Laundry will become an issue during long trips. Unless you are staying somewhere that has onsite laundry machines, cleaning your clothes starts to becoming a challenging priority. I recommend scoping out the nearest laundromat or trying dry-wash sprays. If you’re staying at a hotel, contact the concierge.
Driving laws in different cities and countries can vary dramatically from those in your home town. If you rent a car, always get rental insurance if you want to be as safe as possible. That said, many of the best credit cards offer varying forms of rental car insurance as a perk. Be alert and vigilant on the road, as in some destinations drivers can drive a little haywire. The rules of the road and speed limits can be different depending on where you are. Do your research before hitting the road.