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What do you find most stressful about travelling?

Travel Forums General Talk What do you find most stressful about travelling?

1. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

A) Planning

B) Flying

C) Packing correctly

D) Dealing with language barriers

E) Getting lost

F) Dealing with the million Tuk-Tuk drivers, Hotel salesmen and general beggers when getting off a bus, boat or train in Asia (my personal Favourite!)

G) Other...............please describe.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

G) The times in between, when I'm not travelling. I always pile on too many activities to be involved in, which next to work just leads to stress.

Travelling itself is always such a great sigh of relief - don't think there's anything that stresses me out about it.
Sure, I do dislike flying (or forms of transport where I need to change several times during the same day, and so delays totally throw off my plans), and really could do without the incessant sales-people in too touristy places - but none of it even comes close to "stress". :)

3. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y

a combination of F and G... arriving late at a new place and finding yourself at the mercy of tuk tuks/autorickshaw wallas/motos... and the station is usually a very convenient few killometres out of town... talk about pragmatic urban planning. My worst was in Paharganj in India - got dropped off at 3 plus somewhere not even vaguely near the ganj and being surrounded and pulled to bits by the crowd - people who wanted to take me to their travel agents/uncle's shops and whatnot, autorickshaw drivers fighting over who's prey i was (ie who saw me first)... and the people that gathered to watch the circus.

Oh yea and arriving in this small town on the Laos- China border at night - there was nothing in the way of transport to town (10 kms...) and I had to hitch with a sawngthaew carrying sacks of lard into town... and then got dumped off at a construction site where weird men with saws and drills stared at me and cats screeched eerily... Once i turned the corner i ran for my life

4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

I've said this before and I'll say it again. I hate flying almost as much as getting needles and eating tomatoes!

I imagine hell is just one never ending plane ride with nothing but tomatoes for meals and mandatory injections every hour!

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 7y

G) the only think I really stress and worry about when travelling is getting sick and it spoiling my holiday, and/or ending up in some horrible hospital far from home.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

My biggest frustration is things that are supposed to work, but don't. Like trying to put up a tent that won't stay up or airport direction signs that send you in circles. Arg! I suppose that's my pet peeve even when I'm not travelling, mind.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Mar-2009, at 11:33 by tway ]

7. Posted by Walkaways (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

I agree with bex76 and tway. Although i don't find anything about travel stressful, i do worry that things will not work out as i have planned & the trip will be a dissapointment. Getting sick is just awful.

I find the most frustrating experience i've had is on a bus in Croatia. Firstly it was very late. Secondly the driver was unusually rude. Thirdly we had what looked like a school trip get on the bus to shout & kick our seats for hour upon hour. Fourthly, the bus driver decided to pull over & take a 20 minute cigarette break every 30 minutes. And finally, when we got to our destination all those hours later, they had decided to close up for the winter (in September) so there was nowhere to eat drink or do ANYTHING!

Getting pulled over by the police and fined in a foreign country is pretty crap too. Especially when it's a sunny day in the temp of late 20s and you get fined for not having your car lights on. Guess where this was......yes Croatia. I've had quite a few bad experiences in Croatia as you may have guessed.

8. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

My biggest frustration is things that are supposed to work, but don't. Like trying to put up a tent that won't stay up or airport direction signs that send you in circles. Arg! I suppose that's my pet peeve even when I'm not travelling, mind.

oooh wait I change my mind, airports signs are the worst! you can't see it but I'm shaking my fist in the direction of lax

but tents not working properly are sort of bitter sweet. on one hand they are frustrating but on the other they are the types of things that bring people together and laughter down the road.

9. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Tway has some very good issues, and I would add that incomplete or erroneous maps give me problems. I was in Hanoi recently, and streets commonly change names every few blocks or so, and rarely meet at right angles. I have a rather good internal compass, but quite often, when I thought I was going north, I was actually going east or west. I never did conquer the Soi system of back alleys in Bangkok. Why is it that some of the most sophisticated countries are also some of the most difficult places to navigate for foreign tourists (like the USA or Korea for example).