Top 10 travel loves and hates

House of Travel has come up with a list of things New Zealand travellers love and loathe.

My love list is:

1. Lots of time to read.

2. Being able to communicate in the local language.

3. Different food.

4. Different cultures.

5. Different people.

6. Heat without humidity.

7. Exploring.

8. Nothing to do and all day to do it.

9. Different things to see and do.

10. Arriving home and seeing it through fresh and more appreciative eyes.

My loathe list is:

1. Getting there and back – I’m not from the journey is better than the destination school.

2. Not being able to communicate in the local language.

3. Waiting – at check ins and check outs, for transport . . .

4. Fruit and vegetable deprivation.

5. Inadequate lighting in hotels.

6. Loos – not being able to find them, the state of them once found.

7. Adjusting to time differences.

8. Living out of a suitcase.

9. Too many people in too little space.

10. Air conditioning.

The House of Travel love list is:

Your own entertainment system – and starting movies as soon as you board.

Counting down the number of sleeps until you leave.

Standing in front of Big Ben, the Pyramids or Taj Mahal and realising that you’ve made it

Getting entrenched in the local customs and culture.

The blast of heat you feel on arrival for a tropical break.

Copenhagen Airport.

The super cheap Thai foot massages at Bangkok Airport.

Not having to make your bed every morning.

Curries, “real pizza”, pastries, ceviche – authentic fresh local cuisine.

Getting home and planning your next trip.

And the loathe list:

Passport photos.

Virtually every airport in the country “making some changes”.

Early morning international flights.

Having to take your laptop out going through security.

Having to “fight” for the arm rest.

The realisation that you only have one more sleep before you go home.

Hotels and beaches that are nothing like their website pictures.

The “bad hair days” caused by humid holiday spots.

Unpacking and finding that your toothpaste, moisturiser or shampoo has leaked.

Tipping – why is that porter just hanging around?

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6 Responses to Top 10 travel loves and hates

  1. Cadwallader says:

    Copenhagen Airport? Surely not this week! Or is it the tax-payer funded limo on arrival or the free sex for delegates?

  2. pdm says:

    Hates
    1. hotel pillows and there are seldom enough of them.
    2. Hotels that don’t deliver more pillows when you ask for them.
    3. Sharing a room with my Sister in Law for 3 months.

  3. Kismet says:

    Love
    1 When you go and see an attraction because ‘you have to’ and find it is a must see for a reason and so much better than you imagined.
    2 When quite by accident you find some perfect place that is never mentioned in the guidebooks. And have time to stop and enjoy it.
    3 Local specialities in out of the way eating places.
    4 Locals who take the time to talk to the tourists

    Don’t like
    1 With pdm on the hotel pillows – or worse foam pillows (yuck)
    2 Foreign laudromats
    3 Any flight over about 4 hours.

  4. Kismet says:

    Oh and I forgot
    I hate standing in line in security where all the signs say ‘please take your laptop out of the case before reaching security’ to have every second laptop carrier not only failing to do this but arguing about why they should have to, thereby holding the whole queue up.

    And
    Heathrow…

  5. gravedodger says:

    I am left wondering at the maturity of the Travel Agent contributor and I can relate to your lists H P. In particular 3 5 7 and 10 of the love list and 1 6 and 10 of loathe.
    My greatest fear at boarding is when I have an empty seat beside me and an enormous body puffs towards me. I fail to understand why in this super efficient world my luggage is weighed with penalties for over limit when a person double my weight or worse pays the same fare and can still have the same baggage limit. I travel light and weigh 83kg dripping wet so pay on a per kg, say 100 kg, basis would suit me just fine.

  6. Paul Tremewan says:

    Loves: And finding that when you get there, that the three guys you are about to bike riding with are good lads, and that the bikes are going to be reliable and the road-side food and market food is brilliant!!
    We love that.
    Hates: being scrambled for 7 days after you get back, and have to try and do HP’s Quiz when your powers of concentration match those of someone to whom you are relating your adventures!!!
    cheers
    PBT

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