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  1. Cate Smith-Brubaker
    December 10, 2012

    Great points here! Sometimes I think it might be better to simply go to Disney World. I don’t think Goofy will come up to me, saying “my friend”, and telling me he has a special price just for me. But, alas, I suppose these are all minor inconveniences in the grand scheme of things.
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    • Talon
      December 10, 2012

      Yes, they are. Just every so often they compile up over 1-1/2 years of travel to a point where I have to let off some steam. LOL But yeah, when I hear “my friend” in any language now, I have to resist not being mean at this point. LOL

  2. Erica
    December 10, 2012

    My biggest one was also the buses and the lack of bathrooms. It is hard with the dehydration when there is no A/C AND you are going through the jungle or desert. Kills me every time.
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    • Talon
      December 10, 2012

      Even worse! UGH!

  3. Adam
    December 10, 2012

    My biggest complaint is buses that blast music. In India I took an overnight bus and they played a Bollywood movie all through the night at MAXIMUM volume. It was insane! Got a headache but it was worth it to watch a Bollywood movie on a bus :)
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    • Talon
      December 10, 2012

      Oy! In Latin Ameica they blast the music and movies. Just crazy!

  4. D.J. – The World of Deej
    December 10, 2012

    Great rant! I’m not a fan of the guys in the shops either. I tend to avoid the markets etc. just so I don’t have to encounter them.
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    • Talon
      December 11, 2012

      One nice thing about traveling with a kid is I can have him tell everyone no thank you. They’re not quite sure what to do when it comes from him. LOL

  5. Laurel
    December 10, 2012

    Sadly, the most annoying thing I encounter while traveling in Italy… Other Americans. I get incensed when I see people from my own country traveling with this sense of entitlement, treating the locals poorly and just being rude. The worst of all of them, college students studying abroad on their parents dime. They are there for months at a time and don’t bother to learn a word of the language. Then they fill up the streets at night with their drunk, obnoxious and very loud behavior. It’s so embarrassing.

    • Talon
      December 11, 2012

      Oh yes indeed! So many American travelers make me so embarrassed. Although for me the older adults have been much worse than the college-aged kids. Then again, I haven’t been in areas with kids who are there as students yet.

  6. wandering educators
    December 11, 2012

    BRAVO!!!! yes, yes, yes, yes.
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    • Talon
      December 11, 2012

      Thank you! Sometimes you just gotta left off a little pressure. :D

  7. Bethaney – Flashpacker Family
    December 11, 2012

    You’re in luck. We’ve got excellent bacon and cheese here in NZ. Prepare to get chunky!!!!

    I’m with you on the tout thing. Especially if I look like I know where I’m going, I see you outside my hotel everyday, I answer no everytime you ask me…. take a hint buddy!

    My other pet peeve…. taxi drivers who won’t turn on the meters!!!! And hotels without free wifi or who only give it for limited time or one device.
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    • Talon
      December 11, 2012

      I’ll second you on the hotel complaints!

    • Laurel
      December 12, 2012

      YES! Wifi! My last trip, I paid for 20 hours of wifi and I couldn’t get it to work for more than two mins at a time. Also, I do not want to sit in the lobby in order for it to work. One day we are going to look back and say, “Remember when we had to search and pay for wifi everywhere we went?!” ;)

      • Talon
        December 12, 2012

        Oh how frustrating! I’m with you about the lobby thing, too. The resort we’re in right now is like that. No WiFi available in the rooms or elsewhere on the property, only in the lobby.

  8. Mary
    December 11, 2012

    Yup, yup, and yup!! Wait till you get on the buses in Cambodia…crazy variety shows in s creeching Khmer PLUS no toilets and only stops at the bugs for eating vendors…YIKES!! But a hell of a lot to write about and laugh about later at least:)
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    • Talon
      December 11, 2012

      That does not sound fun!

  9. Jennifer
    December 11, 2012

    Good post and I can definitely relate to what your saying, the most irritating thing is being treated like a bank. I’d actually like to interact with locals without everything leading into a sales ploy or request for cash. I also get annoyed in markets when I’d like to look at something without getting harrassed into buying it – maybe if you let me look without pestering me then I’ll buy!
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    • Talon
      December 11, 2012

      Precisely. It gets to a point where I find myself avoiding them more because I’m tired of being treated like a dollar sign. I feel I could learn so much from them if given the chance to get to chat without being sold something or asked for money.

  10. Kate @ 30Traveler
    December 11, 2012

    Mine is people not understanding what vegetarian means and asking me if I eat fish etc. Or, labeling things as “vegan” but cooking it on a grill covered in meat juices. I agree with you on the touts. A third travel bitch is that since I travel with my same sex partner, I often get hit on in front of my partner (because people don’t register we’re a couple) and that’s horrible. Although, I am getting hit on less these days now I’m in my 30s!
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    • Talon
      December 11, 2012

      That was so much “fun” when I was vegan. “If it comes from an animal, I don’t eat it.” How about fish? “That is an animal.” Cheese? “That comes from an animal.” Oh, I know! Chicken! “That is an animal.” LOL

      I bet that can get irritating being picked up on like that. For me, though, I’d be thrilled to death anyone was even mildly interested at this point. :D

    • Micki
      December 11, 2012

      Kate, I have to second the frustration with being a vegetarian on the road. The concept of vegetarian really just doesn’t seem to exist in some parts of the world. I usually end up learning to say, “vegetarian, no meat, no pork, no chicken, no fish, just vegetables” in the local language. Of course, that generally means I’ll get a steaming plate of nothing but unseasoned bok choy, but it’s a start :).
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  11. Jennifer
    December 12, 2012

    I’m not a vegetarian, and I’ve never traveled for months at a time so I’ve never actually missed cheese (although it’s been about 24 hours since I had some, and now I kinda miss cheese…) but I appreciate what you’re saying. Now that my older daughter is 13, though, I have a new gripe — the leering looks, absolutely disgusting hand movements and physical closeness to young ladies that is acceptable in some other cultures. I do have an issue with cultures that treat young women as property and the next time some adult man approaches my teenager that way, I might clock him.

    Not politically correct I know, but all of you with younger daughters, just wait.
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    • Talon
      December 12, 2012

      I’m not a vegetarian either, but I LOVE cheese. It isn’t bad when it’s a week or so, but when it goes beyond that it’s kind of tough. LOL Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled.

      I have heard so many instances of similar things from moms with daughters. I think I might end up in jail if I had a daughter and was traveling. LOL

  12. Penny
    December 12, 2012

    I love this because it’s real! Thanks for sharing. Now we can all feel better about our own bitching, public and private. LOL Love your posts.
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    • Talon
      December 12, 2012

      Yep, sometimes you just have to do it! :)

  13. gabi klaf
    December 13, 2012

    is it possible that even when you are bitching about annoying people and the lack of cheese, that you are cute? i guess so. btich away. it’s good for your health man, and makes me laugh soooo… i won’t even start with mine, i’ll just observe them…. :-) and keep being real. i’ve always loved that about your work. gabi
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    • Talon
      December 13, 2012

      Thanks, Gabi

  14. Agness
    December 13, 2012

    I also love travelling Taylon and I have been on the road for 18 months. Now I’m visiting European countries where people kinda try to discourage me to travel, but I will never ever give up! Love flying, love the adrenaline, meeting new people and whatever adventure brings me!
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    • Talon
      December 13, 2012

      People try to discourage you from traveling, or just they try to discourage you from traveling to Europe? I really like Europe, even if it is expensive. And I don’t have to deal with touts which is even better. LOL

  15. Steph | DiscoveringIce.com
    December 14, 2012

    Here, frickin, here! So well said Talon, especially about the touts! You wrote exactly what every traveller feels at least some point in their travels! Great post!

    • Talon
      December 14, 2012

      Thanks, Steph! Just had to get it off my chest. LOL

  16. Terry at Overnight New York
    December 14, 2012

    Nice rant. Hotels that charge by the head deserve their own private circle of hell.
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    • Talon
      December 14, 2012

      LOL! I won’t argue with you.

  17. ANGLO/Dale
    December 26, 2012

    I wish people would stop bringing up cheese in their posts, my tongue can’t take it any longer.

    The things I’d do for some Strong Mature Cheddar right now.

    Always good to have a good ole’ rant though.
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    • Talon
      December 26, 2012

      So hard to not talk about cheese. And bacon. Especially right now.

      And yes, sometimes you just gotta have a nice vent! :)

  18. Granny
    December 28, 2012

    Talon – I’m so enjoying catching up on your blog. When you mentioned the other day that you were in Morocco, I just had to find time to get to it. Of all things for me to comment on, because I’m actually loving all of it – especially the descriptions of the foods – I’m wondering about you walking your dog. You have a dog? Happy travels.

    • Talon
      December 29, 2012

      LOL! Glad you’re getting caught up. We don’t have a dog, but we’re doing a housesit that involves taking care of a dog. We would love to have one, but as you can probably imagine traveling as we do with a dog would be quite difficult.

  19. E
    April 3, 2013

    I’d never heard the term “tout” before. Is this Your word or…where does it come from?
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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 3, 2013

      Not my word. It’s a common term for people who sell things.

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