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Annoying Travel Mates

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[#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.

Super Early Birds

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??"

The Late Riser

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."

*facepalm*

The Poo Guy

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.

The Key Keeper

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.

The Calculator

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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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?

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I don't experience traveling with a companion before but I can feel you in this every situation you listed here.. Especially the girl you told to lock the door but she insisted that it's your turn ..without considering the situation that you are sick.

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3 weeks ago

Sometimes, I felt like blowing my top, but then I keep reminding myself that it's just for that few days and then I won't be seeing this person again.

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3 weeks ago

Woaaahhh I hope someday I can travel too as your experiences maam emily๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ I canโ€™t wait woah to go somewhere and have a chill mood๐Ÿ˜

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3 weeks ago

Haha most of my trips were for work, though, not "chill" hehe

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3 weeks ago

Oh, Emily. I can totally relate. You were annoyed by that travel mate while I'm annoyed by my roomie. I mean who calls her mom everyday at 6:00 a.m. And that friend of yours should never be your friend in the first place. Who would have the guts to charge you the Vitamin C when in fact you offered her some in the first place. Ughh

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4 weeks ago

Oh dear, 6am phone conversation daily is not a situation I want to be in. I hope you can advise her to make it at 7am?

You're right, I was quite shocked that she asked me back for the money, per tablet! LOL

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4 weeks ago

I get your point and I can relate with your situation regarding with that even I don't travel hehe. It's hard to react if those collegues of yours are not close to you that's why you keep your irritating thoughts with you. But I salute you on that. You still handle your emotions even though they are really headache to you! Hehe

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4 weeks ago

Ahahaha I hold my tongue, because I tell myself, I won't be seeing this person again after 4 - 5 days!!!

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4 weeks ago

Travelling has so many hassles and etc. plus the fact your companion on travelling gives you more headache that he or she for being naughty.

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4 weeks ago

Yes, it can be such a hassle. Sometimes, I fall ill during trips, and it's so much tougher.

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4 weeks ago

Yes sis , the jet lag attacks and thats why I can't go on a long trip.

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4 weeks ago

Awww that sucks. You just need to give yourself time to get used to the new hours.

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4 weeks ago

I am trying sis.

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4 weeks ago

I had these types of people in my friend list. Trust me, too annoying feelings to have them in a particular journey.

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4 weeks ago

haha most of the time, once is more than enough!!

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4 weeks ago

How could you handle them ๐Ÿ˜Š i rather tobtravel alone instead ๐Ÿ˜

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4 weeks ago

I do travel alone, too, but I prefer company. Just that sometimes, people have annoying traits.

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4 weeks ago

It is very true that travel makes you know a person better, and most unpleasant habits come to the fore when away on a trip. This is especially true if you're traveling with someone you don't live with, or have not shared quarters with because yeah, it can be ANNOYING! I always try to be mindful of the person I am with whenever I am on a trip. I do not want to be annoying anyone.

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4 weeks ago

I forgot to write about the snorers~ yes, women can snore and snore loudly too!!! There was a woman who asked me to wake her up, to stop her snores, each time she starts. But how could I do that??? It means that both of us won't get to sleep, then.... at the end of the trip, she told me that I'm such a good person and that I can tolerate her snores. Let's do a personal trip! Errrr I don't think so!!!

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4 weeks ago

Hahaha! She wanted you as a roommate. But yes I know about women snoring like an ocean liner. My sister is one of those. But she refuses to believe it when we tell her. It's a real racket.

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4 weeks ago

Record it and play it back for her.. HAHAHA But it's kind of a pity, as I think it's a medical condition. At least this roommate of mind realized that she has a problem, and warned me beforehand.

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4 weeks ago

Yeah she probably has sleep apnea... and believe me, we are so tempted to record the racket.

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4 weeks ago

I think she is aware, just that she refused to acknowledge it? Time to see a doctor....

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4 weeks ago

Agreed. Here's hoping she gets convinced.

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4 weeks ago

Omg, Seeing the number of your trips, I will must say your half life spent in travelling lol. Although I only travelled for two to three times but it was with my family and I never get annoyed by anyone. I can understand your frustration of being with people who totally had different habits.

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4 weeks ago

Ahaha when traveling with family, you already know what habits they have, so there's no annoyance. Most times, when traveling for work, we just get thrown together into the same room with strangers.

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4 weeks ago

Isn't it exhausting to travel that much and frequent? Wow, you're a legend. I would prefer it if my travel buddy would be a person close to me, like family, or peers, so adjustment won't be so hard. If ever I'd travel alone though, and had to.deal with the people you mentioned, I guess I just have to pack more patience with me. ๐Ÿคฆ

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4 weeks ago

Aha I do have those personal trips as well, but because I travel so much, I could hardly arrange personal ones at all. Those just came once in a rare while. You're right that it was tiring, stamina required, definitely.

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4 weeks ago

Yes! That travel mate who likes to go home early. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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4 weeks ago

Ahahaha totally understand and can relate. Imagine having a travel mate who needs to sleep by 9.30pm!!!

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4 weeks ago

Most of the time I travel alone. I have not had any inconvenience in my travels when it comes to sleeping. It just takes me some time to fall asleep when I am in a hotel room.

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4 weeks ago

I know of people who cannot fall asleep when in a new place. heheh... I can sleep wherever.

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4 weeks ago

I think I will be with you from now on because you go to a different place. And I will go with you. You have a lot of knowledge about travel.

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4 weeks ago

Thank you. I sometimes share my travel experiences... although I'd love to have new ones, but it's not possible to travel at this time.

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