The 14 Most Annoying People To Avoid At All Costs While Traveling
We’ve all been there. You’re on vacation — or on your way to a vacation — and you’re in a great mood. Everything’s going your way: you made it to the airport/train station on time, you got the seat you wanted, you have no work for at least a week, you’re super psyched to get your tan on. And then … the ultimate buzzkill sits down next to you and harshes your mellow. Well, we’re not gonna take it anymore. We here at Yahoo Travel have identified the worst types of fellow travelers to avoid at all costs — and are giving you a cheat sheet on what to do if you can’t get away.
1. The Grabber. You know him — the guy who grabs the back of your headrest to pull himself out of his seat to go to the bathroom. Thanks. A lot. I wasn’t sleeping or anything. You’d think by now everyone knows not to touch the seat in front of him (or her). Then again, there are still people who, while going through security say, “What do you mean I can’t take my bottle of water? I just paid for it!” If it happens once, give it a pass (although turning around and giving them the stink eye doesn’t hurt). If it happens again, do what my pal Hampton used to do: as they grab your seat, snake your hand back, clawing at their arm, and say, “Oh, sorry, just having a bad dream!”
2. The Megaphone. These are those loud talkers on the train who yammer on the entire trip. No, I DON’T want to hear about your bunions, your cat fetish or your miserable dating life. I like Greg Benson’s method of “crashing calls" — where he sits next to the person having the loud, public conversation and joins in. Try it, it’s genius.
3. The Stinker. Please. Don’t wear your cologne. I’m not your wife. I don’t want to smell you. But please DO shower and wear deodorant. Again. I don’t want to smell you. And people, if your dogs are barking, wear better shoes. Your bare feet reek. The only recourse in this situation is to overpower their smell with one of your own. No, I am not advocating High Altitude Flatulence, but I am advocating using a small bottle of Febreeze directly on the source of the smell.