Most Funny Habits of Travelers

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Ravi Goel

Travelling sure is fun but watching and observing peculiar habits of few travelers or even your fellow travelers in that case can be lot more fun! Sometimes they act strange or completely naïve, maybe because the place they are visiting is completely new to them or they are not fully aware about the rules and regulations of that place. So, taking a break from those heavy informative articles, here are some little funny habits of the travelers (which can be annoying at times) for you to have a good laugh. (Maybe at your wife or friend or neighbor or yourself)!

Not having an opinion
While “I don’t really mind, whatever’s fine” may seem like a lovely, flexible sort of phrase to use while travelling, the truth is, it does not fall pleasantly on your partner’s ear, unless they’re a super control freak, and in that case… good luck. But, I digress. The point is, it’s tough making calls sometimes and if your other half doesn’t speak up about what they want, you never quite know if they’re happy or not.

Sentimental hellos and goodbyes every time
Time in Latin countries in general means that you simply cannot just say “hi” to those you meet in social situations. If either person is a girl, then you give a peck on the cheek… or two… or even three or four in some places! And in other places even guys do this between one another. Finally, when it’s time to say goodbye (as in, see you tomorrow, not forever!) you have to give your farewells to each person in the group. This means that good-nights can take a really long time.

Being friendly with those in authority
I maintain the very Irish philosophy that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet, and am open to ultimately considering anyone a friend, and especially to genuinely be friendly to people as soon as I meet them. I put no limits whatsoever on this concept (within reason). In Ireland, we have a tradition to talk to everyone with the same level of informality, regardless of wealth or status level. This includes police officers in the street (yes, we’d invite them to the pub for a drink; I can’t imagine sunglasses-wearing Indian police putting up with such friendliness towards them!), and your teachers in an adult language learning class. Everyone can be put on the same level and talked to informally.

Change of voice
Many other travelers I’ve traveled with, and even many of my friends from around the world, seem to be highly amused by the way my voice changes whenever I’m trying to speak a foreign language. Apparently (and by apparently I mean, yes, it does happen but I don’t exactly want to admit it), my normally feminine voice turns into some sort of barely-audible, squeaky hamster voice that has been compared to the ‘whispering of a frightened 7-year old girl’. It’s no surprise then that I’ve never exactly fully mastered another language.

Not asking for directions
Getting lost is a rather common phenomenon and one that shouldn’t be regarded as embarrassing, so why not just stop and ask someone (preferably a shopkeeper or petrol attendant and not a random weirdo along the road) where to go? There really is no point in insisting that you will eventually find the way, when neither you nor the lady in the GPS knows what’s potting any longer. This is guaranteed to lead to a major blow-up and lots of blame being handed round. Not a great way to start or end a holiday.

Packing & Re-packing
When it’s time for me to move on from one city, town or village to another city, town or village, I always pack my backpack the night before so that I will be ready to go the following day. However, almost every time, upon waking up in the morning in order to catch my bus, train, boat or plane, I’ll empty out my backpack and then immediately re-pack everything once again. And then, I’ll repeat the same process all over again one more time. I’m not too sure why I do this either, but I’ve yet to allow myself to just leave my stuff scattered around, unpacked, until the morning. I just feel the need to pack my bag at night, despite knowing that I’ll do it again, twice, before I actually leave.

Backseat Driving
Sure, help your partner out by casting an eye at the speedometer every now and then; you both know how easy it is to cruise way beyond the speed limit without even noticing… until a brown-clad man jumps out behind a bush. But do not, and I repeat DO NOT, deliver constant commentary about their driving. It’s demoralizing and annoying and not at all attractive.
Well, these were some funny/ annoying habits I observed in few travelers and even myself. So hope you had fun reading them and it was of some help.

Written by Ravi Goel