Thursday, April 17, 2014

Odors, Offensive Overbooked.......yikes

Several O words related to travel come to mind, looking for a O destination?  How bout a post I did previously on Olde Town.

Odor, Offensive, organization, overbooked, and oversized..........are words that popped into my head thinking about travel.

  • ODOR, when you decide it's a good idea to take something smelly on the plane to eat later, you are not everyone's favorite traveler.  The entire plane, passengers and crew members have to smell your too garlicky, too spicy, fishy, too Mexican and really don't appreciate it.  Think about your fellow travelers, you're not flying a private plane.
  • OFFENSIVE, your noisy game is offensive to those around you.  Turn it off, or plug in your ear phones.  Likewise your constant chatter about how important you are, is offensive to others.  Remember if you're really that important, would be aboard your personal plane.
  • ORGANIZATION, think about what you need at hand, think about what you will be using in your carry on and pack accordingly.  Don't just throw everything in, stand up every 10 minutes to grab something from the over head bumping your neighbors as you go.  Don't stand in the aisle for 20 minutes while you route for something and hold up the rest of those trying to board.  We have a constant theme here folks, YOU are NOT the only passenger, be considerate of your fellow travelers.  The idea of being organized is even more important if you're traveling with some children.
  • OVERBOOKED...some folks get irritable when planes are overbooked, some like it and volunteer to give up their flight for a free one later on.  Whichever camp you fall into, remember the ticket agent isn't the one who overbooked, don't take it out on them.  Be Polite.
  • OVERSIZED, stop packing oversized bags as carry on.  Yes, you think you're being clever saving money by not checking your bag; but YOU are responsible for delaying the plane, irritating your fellow travelers and the crew, AND YOU are responsible for raising ticket prices and the charge on bags.  Why........because a heavy plane needs more fuel, so when you pack oversized bags you're making the problem you think you're avoided worse.  You know before hand it's not going to fit under your seat, that it doesn't even come close to fitting into the sizer at the gate.
I repeat, you are not the only traveler, you are not flying a personal plane.  

**After the close of April's A-Z, I plan to continue to write a post a day in the month of May using again the A-B-C's as my guide.  My focus for the month of May will be Spain.  I've been planning and almost have every letter thought out.  If others are interested in continuing to blog daily using our A-B-C's, please let me know.  We could start a linky and continue what we've begun during April.  I don't imagine it will be anywhere near the scope of the annual April Challenge.  But, if you're interested, please let me know in your comment.  And even if you're not up for another blog challenge, do stop back in, I have much to share from recent travels to Spain.**

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  1. Yeah, that tuna fish did not fare well with the other passengers- not to mention you obviously forgot to wear underarm deodorant - thanks, I get to sit with you for 4 hours - ugh! Great "O" advice!
    Visiting from A-Z Blogging Challenge,

  2. I totally agree. Stopping by from the Challenge. Signed up to follow. Hope you'll do the same.

  3. LOL! All good things to keep in mind when planning to travel. I especially chuckled at the odor one.

    True Heroes from A to Z

  4. Hi! This is great advice. It's hard sometimes packing because you think you need to be over prepared. I remember going to Paris and not bringing a coat. I was so cold I had to bring a towel from the hotel. Very embarrassing and still so cold (on the river boat at night). So really just essentials are what you need. You can always pick up a sun dress or do laundry at the hotel. BTW Love and adore Spain. It seems underrated to me but I loved Barcelona. Do you twitter? I'd love to follow you. Cheers.

  5. So true... the joys of travel. Looking forward to hearing about Spain!

  6. Not take part in the challenge this year but am enjoying your take on it,
    As mentioned - oh the joys of travel. A private plane would be nice wouldn't it :)
    My carryon always goes under the seat in front, easy to reach and no chance of clobbering someone on the head. As for the odour problem - I make sure I'm in the aisle and the person next to me is my husband !

  7. Sandy, All of these are pet peeves of mine...isn't plane travel hard enough on us without all of these annoyances? Great post!

  8. Thanks for stopping by Anabel's Travel Blog - glad to have found you too. This post made me laugh - we've all come across these people! I'm also intrigued by your decision to keep going in May. I'm not going to do that, but I have found it easier to write posts with a goal so I'm going to continue devising series and setting myself targets. I look forward to reading about Spain next month.


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