My 6 Biggest Traveling Pet Peeves

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Traveling is my favorite thing to do in life. It brings me more joy than anything, but no matter how awesome it is, there are still a few things that creep up on most trips that can start to make my blood boil. We all have them, so without further ado, here's the list of my biggest pet peeves while traveling:

#1 Random Snoring Guy
I just can't sleep when there's snoring going on in the same room, and after a few minutes of listening to it, I'd be more comfortable with someone's fingers on a chalkboard. I have some amazing horror stories about this too. One of which involved an old, drunk American who kept an entire hostel awake with an atrocious snoring that sounded like an AK47 firing off rounds from an endless magazine and the girl in a bunk next to mine hitting him repeatedly with an umbrella until he finally woke up out of his drunk stupor and apologized before immediately passing out and starting all over again. To this day, I don't understand how someone can breathe and snore like that at the same just doesn't make sense. I can't help but smile about it now, but it's times like these that make spending that extra money on a private room seem really appealing.

#2 The Smelly Shoe Person
Ok, let's face it - we've all been guilty of this at one point or another, but that doesn't mean I can't complain about it either. It's so annoying crashing in a hostel after a long day and someone in a bed near you has feet/shoes/socks that smell like they have soaked up a gallon of fish guts from the local market. Every trip I take, either someone I'm rolling with or meet at a hostel is this person! Don't leave those shoes under my bed, bro! Clean those things up, por favor.

#3 The Late Night Bag Zipper Upper
If you've ever stayed in a hostel, you know this person. They get up at a God awful hour when everyone else is sleeping and decide that they should pack up at 5:15 in the bloody morning. They have the courtesy of leaving the lights off, which is nice except they bump into everything within an 8 foot radius of them. I know sometimes these things are unavoidable, but when I have to check out before the birds start singing I'll at least pack everything I can before everyone hits the sack. But seriously, how many times do you need to unzip your bag?!

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This is my buddy eating paella in Barcelona

#4 The "I only eat American food guy"
I hate seeing people do everything they can to stick in their comfort zone while traveling. Yes, congrats you got out of the country and are seeing new stuff but you've gotta be willing to live a little bit. Try something new - you can eat McDs any day of the week. Try something other than a burger, dive into some weird local cuisine and experience what other people enjoy in their corner of the world. Otherwise why travel in the first place? You don't even have to put an entire prawn (or whatever that is) in your mouth like my friend above. By the way, traveling has turned me into a squid eater. Go figure.

#5 The "hey look I can sleep anywhere" guy
The only reason this is a pet peeve of mine is because I just cannot do it. I can't. No matter how hard I try. Part of it is because I'm a good bit north of 6 feet tall and just don't fit in those short people seats without eating my kneecaps. But here's to that guy who falls asleep before departure and wakes up 5 hours later when we get wherever we're going - you suck.

#6 The "come to my restaurant" people
First off, I know they're just doing their jobs, but it gets really annoying walking through downtown Granada and having someone step out from 13 consecutive restaurants and ask us to take a seat or  show us a menu. Yes, I know you have open tables - I can see them with my own two eyes. When I'm hungry, you won't even need to ask! Otherwise, I clearly have something else that I would rather be doing, thank you very much.

What's on your list that makes your gears grind? Let's hear it.

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