Are You Guilty of These Travel Taboos?

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I did a quick unofficial poll on my Facebook page the other day on traveling pet peeves.  Aside from the fact that most people mentioned dirty restrooms, other pet peeves had to do with the behavior of fellow passengers.  Whether you’re driving in a car or flying on a plan, you will be dealing with other people so it’s best to always behave respectfully to other passengers.

I remember one time when I was riding to Texas with my new husband, parents and two brothers.  Just as we were passing the Mississippi river, my temper was reaching a boiling point.

Of course it didn’t help that I had taken car sickness medicine that actually made me worse.  But it seemed like everything anyone said or did was grating on my nerves.  That’s what can happen when you are cooped up in a vehicle for fifteen hours.

Here are some things we can all do to ensure that we are courteous to other passengers and people we come in contact with on our journey.

1. When using your cell phone, make sure you are not speaking too loud and disturbing others.  And if you are with family or friends, make sure you don’t spend too much time on the phone while neglecting others.

2. If you are traveling with children, be sure you have toys and snacks to entertain them.  Nothing’s worse than sitting next to a child for six hours that has nothing to do.

3. Be courteous to others, and make sure your children are courteous as well.

4. Don’t speed or tailgate when driving.  Not only is it unsafe, but it can also endanger and make your passengers nervous.  The less stress your passengers have while traveling, the better.

5. Stay out of the fast lane if you aren’t going fast.  This also goes for when you are walking through an airport.  Some people are in a hurry to get to their flights, so stay to the right if you are moving slower.

6 Do your best not to make a mess in the public restrooms.  No one likes walking into a messy stall.

These are just a few of the pet peeves mentioned by my Facebook followers.  What are some of your pet peeves or suggestions for traveling etiquette?

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7 Comments:
  1. here is a comment to Missy who commented about whiny kids who kick seats. I am one of those moms, and the thing is, sometimes it doesn’t have anything to do with toys and snacks, sometimes it might be a child with special needs like mine. Before you judge someone, try to put yourself in their shoes. I always do now because I know not every kid will be satisfied with a portable dvd player or goldfish for 5 hrs on the plane.

    • I hope Missie’s comment didn’t come across as judgmental. I think she was mainly thinking of kids that the parents don’t come prepared with anything to entertain them with. I know from personal experience that kid’s with special needs should be given more grace!

  2. i do lean back in my airplane seat… i paid for this seat and it allows me to do it! so i do! i just don’t move my seat when the person behind me is eating….. that would be messy rude! I also let my children walk back and forth a lot while on the plane… it’s better than them kicking the seat in front of them!

  3. i do lean back in my airplane seat… i paid for this seat and it allows me to do it! so i do! i just don’t move my seat when the person behind me is eating….. that would be messy rude! I also let my children walk back and forth a lot while on the plane… it’s better than them kicking the seat in front of them!

  4. i do lean back in my airplane seat… i paid for this seat and it allows me to do it! so i do! i just don’t move my seat when the person behind me is eating….. that would be messy rude! I also let my children walk back and forth a lot while on the plane… it’s better than them kicking the seat in front of them!

  5. When collecting your baggage, please don’t crowd the conveyor.

    Instead, stay back about 2 feet. This way those next to you can also see what luggage is coming without pushing or shoving. When your bag comes, step up to grab it and then move back until another piece comes.

    Less crowding, more view. Happier end of flight time.
    Aaaaah.

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