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Moemg 05-14-2011 02:55 PM

I love to travel but ?
 
Since so many of our members travel I thought I would start a thread on some of the pitfalls of traveling . I'll start . I love to travel but I hate the getting there . The early trip to the airport ,the flights , dragging my luggage around and being squashed in a seat because I am too thrifty to go first class . How about you what part of traveling do you not like or could do without ?

BigNick 05-14-2011 03:14 PM

I dislike checking flight prices, agreeing with the people who will be paying for it that I can take the $1400 flight because it's direct as opposed to the $1000 flight with a layover, then by the time that OK comes back (just 48 hours), the $1400 flight is now $1950. This just happened to me in the last hour. >:(

A few years ago, I would have said "US Immigration for non-citizens", which, when the INS ran it, was like where they placed the only Americans who don't want to welcome nice European tourists who are going to drop $$$ at Disney - surliness personified to a man or woman. But since the Customs and Border Protection took over, things are way better, even though we now have to go through the camera and fingerprint rigmarole. The staff are well-trained, polite, and even friendly. I hadn't been back to the US for several years afetr 9/11 and I was expecting a nightmare at the airport, so this was a revelation for me.

RunningBum 05-14-2011 03:45 PM

Mostly it's the flying, but there's also finding out that the hotel you booked is also being used by 3 kids soccer teams, or there's a bachelors party across the hall.

Zoocat 05-14-2011 04:57 PM

Everything you said, Moemg. While going throught the airport, I just tune in to my autopilot until I get to my destination. I really dislike traveling but I love being in new places. It's a real conflict.

BTravlin 05-14-2011 05:03 PM

I hate the leaving and returning. The being there is always good.

Meadbh 05-14-2011 05:33 PM

Turbulence.

Moemg 05-14-2011 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by BTravlin (Post 1070042)
I hate the leaving and returning. The being there is always good.


Me too ! I wish there was some way they could zap me to my destination without the hassles .

Moemg 05-14-2011 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Meadbh (Post 1070045)
Turbulence.


and why is there always turbulence over Dallas ? Is that part of Rewahoo's evil plot ?

KingB 05-14-2011 05:46 PM

Seated next to someone with BO.

REWahoo 05-14-2011 05:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Moemg (Post 1070049)
and why is there always turbulence over Dallas ? Is that part of Rewahoo's evil plot ?

Of course not!

It's actually a state budget shortfall - no skypotholes are being filled until the economy improves...

arebelspy 05-14-2011 05:50 PM

I hate the TSA invading my privacy with groping or cancer inducing scans.

BTravlin 05-14-2011 06:06 PM

I hate paying airport prices for food and drink.

Moemg 05-14-2011 06:36 PM

How about landing at one part of the Airport and finding you connection is at the complete opposite end and you only have 30 minutes ?

mystang52 05-14-2011 06:39 PM

Flying is such a hassle now. To reduce the hassle somewhat, DW and I fly to our destination the night before. Things are a little less hectic early evening, and whatever the stress we're just going to sleep when we land.

KingB 05-14-2011 07:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Moemg (Post 1070070)
How about landing at one part of the Airport and finding you connection is at the complete opposite end and you only have 30 minutes ?

It happened to us once at a connecting flight at Phoenix with less than an hour connection time. It is suppose to be a legal connection except: Flew into one terminal and the connecting flight is at another terminal. I am not familiar with the airport. To get to the other terminal, we have to take a slow shuttle bus (after waiting 10 minutes for the bus) that made many stops (other terminals and parking lots). Then since it is a different terminal, you have to go through the security. The line is long, I am pretty sure that we are not going to catch the flight and the next flight is on the following day. I was going to give up but DW persisted. We cut in line (with TSA permission and other travellers' permission).

The people at the counter called the gate that we were coming. We made the flight. We were the last one to board. I knew my BP shoot up. We vowed that we will never take connecting flights anymore.

FIREd 05-14-2011 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Moemg (Post 1070020)
I love to travel but I hate the getting there.

Same here. Hate it, hate it, hate it. From the time I pack my suitcase to the time I unpack it, it's agony.

chinaco 05-15-2011 05:19 AM

I enjoy traveling... but I hate to travel! Mostly I dislike dealing with the Aeropuerto... it is stressful.

I have also found foreign train stations and subways to be a bit confusing (until we get our bearings).

But most of my leisure travel stress has been related to squeezing a vacation into a week or two. I always seem to have had a heightened sense of urgency about getting there on time and meeting a tight schedule.... one delay or problem could ruin an expensive vacation.

When I FIRE, we will travel and I am sure there will still be some stress, but since we will not be artificially constrained... and more flexible, I hope to relax, consider it to be part of the adventure, and roll with it.

Since I do most of the planning and arranging, DW does not have to deal with that part so it does not bother her as much. Her problem is that she gets a little anxious flying... but she handles it fine.

brewer12345 05-15-2011 06:18 AM

Funny how all of this angst and aggro is focused on the air travel part of it. As a reluctant business traveler, I agree with all of the issues with the added fun of having to work when I get there.

These are also some of the reasons that much of my personal travel is via RV.

REWahoo 05-15-2011 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by brewer12345 (Post 1070146)
These are also some of the reasons that much of my personal travel is via RV.

Yep. The patdowns are considerably less public.

Zathras 05-15-2011 07:12 AM

The amount of CO2 added to the atmosphere ands seas (while it is still capable of absorbing co2).


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