[#118] Date: 24th September, 2021
Over the past 8 or 9 years before COVID-19, I traveled extensively at a minimum of once a month, sometimes three times a month. I did a little calculation this morning - taking the average of two trips a month, for eight years, I had taken close to 200 trips, both domestically and internationally.
Most of the time, I had travel mates, and out of these trips, the majority were for work. Of my self-arranged leisure trips, I had friends along mostly, but I've also done solo. When I was traveling with people, there were times I had to share a room with them, but on certain occasions, I had the room to myself.
Today, I'd like to share with you the habits of some of my travel mates that annoyed me at the time of the trip.
These people wake up at an ungodly hour of 4 or 5 am. Why, I do not know. I guess it's just their regular time and they do so automatically. It's fine if they are quiet about it and go about their morning routine without waking me up as well but there was a woman who woke up to iron her clothes!! After ironing, she went back to sleep. I was like, "WTF??" I thought this was an odd person out...but I later encountered a similar habit from other people. I found out that these people had this training from their dorm stays at school. Duhhhhh can't they iron what they need the night before? But that's still not the most annoying thing. The one that takes the cake is the one who woke up early quietly and went out for the sunrise. In the morning, I'd leisurely scroll Instagram and see this amazing capture of the day's sunrise and I'd go, "WTFFFFF... Why didn't she invite me along??"
Just like the early birds, this group of people also can't help it that they can't wake up at a normal hour. I've traveled with friends who cannot decide what time to leave the hotel for our exploration. It's OK if we shared the same room but it's difficult when we stayed in different rooms and I had to get ready and just wait around for some prince to be ready to leave.
The night before, "Hey, what time are we leaving for (destination)?"
Reply, "Depends on what time I wake up."
This seems to only happen with my male friends. Either they were late by some minutes or they needed time out to settle their big business in the middle of something. There was one guy who must go poo-poo shortly after having a meal. Apart from this guy who seemed to have straight intestines and another person who MUST poo at 11 am every day, for the rest of them, if they know they need to do their business in the morning, why can't they wake up slightly earlier to do it? I know bodily functions are out of our control, that's why it's termed as nature's call, but still, a little planning is all that's needed most of the time.
If I had to share a room, I would always request an extra key, if we were only provided with one. It's not always possible due to the respective policy of different accommodations. Sometimes, we were required to put down a deposit for the extra key. I'd do it if it was a long stay but if it was for just one or two nights, I'd go without the extra key, though I try to be the key-keeper in that case. This is due to my poor experiences with people who do not return to our room as soon as we arrived at the hotel, and NOT inform me about it. I'd be waiting outside our room, with heavy bags and all, ringing the doorbell thinking that she was already inside, and when the door still didn't open, I had to try to call her number, and you know how poor phone signals can be in tight hotel corridors.
Due to my nature of work, sometimes freebies land on me, including free flights and hotel stays. I don't really like going solo, even though I do it off and on, so most of the time, I'd invite a friend to come along. This Calculator is my experience with a particular individual and I've traveled with her on a few trips.
One time, she was ill during the trip and because I am someone who catches bugs easily, I tried to help her not get ill, so that I won't fall sick as well. I shared my Vitamin C tablets with her. At the tail end of our holiday, it was my turn to fall ill from the five days of proximity. By then, she bought another pack of Vitamin C already, since my stock was depleted. I asked her for some, and she charged me for that, dividing her purchase price per tablet.
On another trip, I wasn't feeling that well, so I asked her to remember to lock the door before going to bed. She was in the toilet and the room door was just outside the toilet. You know how compact some hotel rooms can be. She came to her bed and I asked her if she locked the door because I didn't hear it. She told me, "It's your turn today. I locked it yesterday."
I didn't learn my lesson yet, because on another trip, my friend hosted me at his empty condominium and I invited her along. At night, my friend the owner came over for a chat and casually asked me how's the room. I told him that the smaller room was mine while my travel mate took the master bedroom. Later, my friend told me that this is someone that I can't be friends with if she keeps taking advantage of me. If reading this and you don't get what's wrong with the situation, it's fine. 😊
It is said that we learn about people the most when we travel with them. I've even come across a fight between mother and daughter at the hotel restaurant during breakfast, apparently because the mother woke up way too early. I'm sure I must have some quirks as well that annoy other people. What about your experiences? Have you come across travel mates that annoy you?
*Lead photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels