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Old 03-16-2019, 02:12 AM
 
Location: On the road
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Places charging higher fees for tourists than nationals
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That doesn't bother me; my feeling is that in many of these places the locals pay taxes to support them and I don't. In developing countries such as India where the average income is tiny, I'm particularly willing to pay more.
I agree with Athena here. The upkeep/marketing/preservation of these sites if often higher than what could be supported by charging fees in-line with local incomes. It wouldn't be right to deny sites like Bagan, Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu, Taj, etc. to locals by charging everyone higher fees, it's their country's heritage site and often a point of national pride. That $30 pass is nothing for Dieter who just flew from Germany, but for a local restaurant worker who wants to take family it's almost impossible.
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:23 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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These folks are also the most likely to resort to extreme levels of hyperbole to describe these interactions that millions of other travelers get through just fine.

Lining up like we've been doing since kindergarten becomes herded like cattle.
Having a bag checked is gross violation of civil rights.
Body pat-down which is less than 2% of passengers is TSA molesting/groping people.
Somehow all ticket agents and TSA are mean and nasty.
Somehow every fellow passenger is overweight and smells.
etc.
Exactly The real reason we shouldn't allow guns on planes.
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:25 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Unwarranted Noise! Encountering a vehicle with an ear-splitting loud stereo system and car alarms. I was staying on an upper floor of a hotel in Quito on a Saturday night, and the car alarms were going off everywhere!
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:44 AM
 
Location: On the road
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Unwarranted Noise!
I don't get where they have the ear-splitting big speakers on the sidewalk out front of stores playing music, does that really draw people in to shop? We had a carpet shop across from our guest house in Mandalay that would do this every day, seriously who's going to decide to buy a carpet because a song they like can be heard a block away?

It seems mainly a thing in developing countries where noise ordinances aren't common.
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I don't get where they have the ear-splitting big speakers on the sidewalk out front of stores playing music, does that really draw people in to shop? We had a carpet shop across from our guest house in Mandalay that would do this every day, seriously who's going to decide to buy a carpet because a song they like can be heard a block away?

It seems mainly a thing in developing countries where noise ordinances aren't common.
There was one in Brazil, that had giant speakers in the doorway, facing out. The quietest place for blocks around was behind the speakers inside the store, an incentive to go inside. Also in Brazil, a flat-bed sound truck with speakers so big, they required a separate Cummings diesel engine mounted on the flatbed to drive them.

But this not a 'travel annoyance", it is an annoyance within the Brazil experience, which is I went to Brazil for.

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Old 03-16-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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I think the one thing that bothers me the most are aggressive vendors or sellers.

When we went to Barbados, as soon as we stepped out of the door, we were asked repeatedly if we wanted to buy drugs. It was always a no but usually they would start walking behind you and still keep asking you. Then a few feet later, there would be someone else. This happened every day, day after day. It kind of puts a damper on the experience. Then on the beach, I don't mind being asked, but after I said no, one started putting his wares on me and then later I was at a different beach where this guy told this woman she was stuck-up because she didn't want to buy anything. (She was as NICE as could be to him.)

In Costa Rica they only bothered us in one place (Tamarindo) for very similar things (drugs, random crap).
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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always wondered why they have the steering wheel on the wrong side of the rental cars in England and what's with the excessive honking, flashing of brights, yelling and obscene hand gestures?
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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We have mitigated some of our previous annoyances by getting Global Entry, which also puts us in TSA pre-check for US domestic flights.

Since age 60, we only book 1st or biz class on most flights (we will fly cattle car class for non-stops under 90 minutes duration).

We gave up on getting a good night's sleep in hotels or motels, decades ago. We went the B&B route and were happy with that. However now, for any stay over 2 nights we book a home or apartment with at least 2 bathrooms; we believe NOT sharing a bathroom has contributed to our marriage's longevity (40+ years). Why should we be less comfortable on vacation than we are at home?
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Old 03-16-2019, 10:19 AM
 
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Lots of great replies on this thread. Some of mine:

Obnoxious tourists who don’t act with respect to their fellow travelers.
Noisy and unruly children, especially on planes, trains, buses, etc.
Panhandlers, hustlers, touts, aggressive vendors (I steer clear).
Shopkeepers, waitstaff, and such who try to cheat you (I usually catch this, though).
Crooked taxi drivers.
Thieves, pickpockets, etc. (haven’t run afoul of this, thank heavens).
Travel delays.
Getting sick during a trip.
Unreliable public transportation (I don’t drive nowadays).
People who foul up the TSA lines (this is a great reason to have Global Entry and the like).
Noisy hotel guests when you’re trying to sleep.
Hotel showers/tubs with slippery floors and no grab bars.
Attractions that have hours of “10-4 or if we feel like it” (yes, I do my homework on this).
Restaurants and hotels that are supposed to be good but aren’t (good research tends to eliminate these, but not always).

That being said, I try to roll with the punches as much as possible. Stuff happens sometimes.

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Old 03-16-2019, 01:25 PM
 
Location: equator
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Right there with you! People who get into line with a giant chip on their shoulder, 'ready to rumble' if a TSA agent so much as looks sideways at them.

And the people doing the most #itching are usually the ones doing the least traveling. The frequent flyers typically have no problems with TSA. We recognize that they're just doing a job, and people treat them like dirt. I've NEVER had a problem, and frequently find myself enjoying pleasant and even amusing exchanges with them while in line.
"Ready to rumble", LOL. Snorts coffee. I haven't had any real trouble either, and I ALWAYS get called out of line for "the wand". (artificial joints?) But so what. I don't care. TSA has a hard job.

Airlines are OK for the most part. I expect to get jammed in the seat since I won't fork over the big bucks for selected seats. So, no expectations. I just hunker down and read my Kindle. A few hours of discomfort, oh well. Take a Xanax,

I didn't find Rome obnoxious. Only a couple panhandlers. My biggest problem there was finding the "Hop-on, Hop-off" locations. Tried running out in the street to flag one down and that didn't work, LOL.
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