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1. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

This thought was sparked over the weekend, as I sat on the 3-hour bus ride between Montreal and Quebec City next to a man who insisted on reading all 10 of his newspapers stretched out L--I--K--E T--H--I--S.

Most of my own travel pet-peeves have to do with personal space. What annoying, frustrating, rude or even funny travel habits have you encountered on your journeys?

2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

i get really annoyed when the person in front of me on trains, buses etc push the back of their chairs back on top of me , it always makes me angry and frustrated.....

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I was once on a plane back from sydney, sat next to a really rude, fat bloke who stank. I was polite when i first boarded, but he was rude and made no effort to make conversation................until we had landed at Heathrow after the most uncomfortable 27 hours of my life. He turned round and asked me if i was travelling very far!!!

I was so p**sed off with him, i just turned round and said "Sydney to London mate, you can't get much f*****' further.

What a stupid question to ask me though!!

Sorry for the rant, but his horrible odour invaded my personal space and i found that annoying

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

When sitting behind someone on a plane, and they spread the newspaper out & hold it up (as tway mentioned on the bus) when you are trying to watch an inflight movie

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

also, when you're trying to eay your meal and the person in front keeps adjusting their seat.

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

....eat......sorry.

7. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

I was on a plane to Turkey years ago and this women kept moving her seat further and further back until she was crushing my legs.
Being tall, (and don't get me started on that but really - leg room!!)
I got a bit peeved and had to adjust my legs a few times to which I found her standing up and sreaming at me about how I was kicking her chair.

I won't tell you what my reply was but she sat down pretty quick.

8. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

ooh and people who snort or constantly sniff when you are on a long journey.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I've found that some people are born without a "personal space" gene. I don't necessarily mean outright rude and obnoxious people, but people who constantly invade your space and don't give it a second thought.

A crowded bus is one thing, but I can't stand when people bump into me constantly when there's plenty of space around. I saw a program once where kids with no notion of personal space were taught to guage someone else's space by walking around with hoola-hoops around their middle. Brilliant!

There are times where I want to stretch my arms out, spin in a circle, and scream "This is my space, people!" But then people might think I'm anal.

10. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

The worst thing for me is a crying child in an airplane...not the baby that cant help himself out of the ear popping pain but the two or three yr old that is just annoyned to be there and annoying the crap out of everyone else. Or when someone is kicking my seat behind me. Either way, I always end up saying something. One time I was applauded in a plane for asking (politely) a women to put a muzzle in her kid's mouth .

(I know what you are thinking and yes, I have no children. No sympathy until I have my own ).