Travel website Expedia has released its yearly survey of airline annoyances and for the third year in a row, “seat kickers,” took the top spot. Does the person sitting behind you really not realize that them kicking the seat is the most infuriating thing they could do on an airplane? The survey is actually quite funny and very accurate.
From an unattended child, poor hygiene and sloppy drunks, there are plenty of annoying stereotypes on airplanes everyday, so, which is the most annoying?
I’m sure we’ve all experienced the single guy or gal who is trying to get numbers the entire flight and acting like a horny 15-year-old virgin. There isn’t much worse than being trapped on a plane next to an annoying jerk with bad cologne who won’t stop hitting on you.
Frequent Bathroom Breaks
The girl or guy who is sitting in the window seat yet has to get up and pee every half hour. Try putting a cork in it or maybe stop drinking from that gallon of water you brought on board. If you have to pee so often maybe an aisle seat would have been better.
To the young couple who are obviously on their honeymoon or having an erotic affair, get a room already. No one wants to watch and hear you make out for any amount of time and especially not while we are all trapped in an aluminum tube. The sound of someone kissing is like fingernails across a chalkboard and very annoying.
Remover of Clothing
OK, guy who sleeps with his shirt off, you aren’t in your home, so let’s keep our clothing on. Or how about the jerk who immediately takes his shoes off to reveal his personal stank to the entire plane. Now I understand why every seat has a vomit bag, for your stinky ass feet, sir.
OK, lets all stop bringing tuna and other smelly foods on board, PLEASE! I love a good tuna sandwich just like the next guy, but I am considerate enough to leave that fish sammy at home. If you really must eat a tuna sandwich, maybe scarf it down pre flight, so all we smell are your fishy farts. Stop being annoying and think about others, please.
OK armrest cowboy, let’s maybe share that valuable piece of real estate. I y=understand that you feel the need to mark your territory, but if you continue to be a jerk, ill have to get nasty. I find that the armrest wrestler is usually susceptible to a sharp accidental elbow, “woops, didn’t see you there.”
Immediate Seat Recliner
We all have experienced this annoying savage. The rude dude who reclines his or her chair the second the plane takes off, not even waiting for the plane to reach cruising altitude. Hey buddy; there are other people on board.
The jerk who has to get on board before everyone else, but didn’t find it necessary to wait in line like all of us. This same jerk is the one who has to try and get off the plane first even though they are sitting above the wing, calm down speed racer.
Ok grandma, me putting on my headphones means, ”I don’t want to talk to you,” but she never gets it. I don’t understand passengers that feel the need to talk to me, I don’t need more friends and I planned ahead and brought things to entertain myself, maybe you should have thought ahead too.
OK, I sometimes get a little nervous before a flight, so I’ll knock back a cocktail to relax, but I’m not getting embarrassingly drunk. Maybe try and drink in moderation or you’ll end up being the talkative guy, guy who pees all the time or the jerk who hits on everyone. So sober up drunkie, my kids are on board.
If I can hear your headphones and they are on YOUR head… they are too loud. Lets all try and be civil and keep the volume to a normal level.
Too much perfume or not enough deodorant are the two most common causes of the smelly passenger. Let’s be mindful of how we smell and maybe put some deodorant on ya stinky bastard.
Pay Attention to your Children
The dreaded unattended child, wreaking havoc on the passengers while the parent doesn’t give a damn. I’m not a babysitter and I sure as hell am not in charge of your little sugar filled monster, so keep an eye on them and maybe be a parent at least while they are in public…geez.
Rear Seat Kicker
The number one jerk on an airplane for the third year in a row is the seat kicker. Personal space invader, leave me alone and mind your surroundings, we are all on this plane together, so let’s try and be nice.
Read the full list here.
The Best Backpacks For Your Next Adventure
If you’ve got an adventure coming up that requires a reliable backpack, look no further than these six great options.
One of the most important elements of any traveling experience is also the most frequently overlooked… the backpack. It’s with us at all times and typically holds our most important items. But more often than not, most travelers just grab that same raggedy old backpack they’ve had since high school.
But there are so many options out there! And certain backpacks are better for certain experiences. So read through this list and make sure you have the right backpack for your next adventure!
THE JANSPORT RIGHT PACK
It’s safe to say just about everyone has had a Jansport backpack in their life. It is the most popular backpack in the world and honestly one of the most durable. This particular model is known as the “Right Pack.” It’s very affordable, has a large main compartment, a sleeve specifically for laptops, and plenty of room leftover in the two front pockets. If you need a reliable backpack and you’re working on a budget, this is the pack for you.
THE PATAGONIA ARBOR PACK
This is a great option if you want something reliable and durable, but still don’t want to lug around something huge and heavy. This pack is water-repellent, compact, and has a significantly padded compartment for laptops.
TOPO DESIGNS KLETTERSACK
This is one of the toughest packs out there. It’s built from leather and nylon and is great for long trips on foot or camping and hiking. Thanks to the extra straps it can easily carry a rolled up blanket or heavy jacket. It also has a very cool look so you can still look hip while wearing it in the city.
CHROME URBAN EX 18 BIKE PACK
As the name suggests, this pack is ideal for the avid biker. It’s waterproof so you don’t have to worry about precious cargo getting damaged. And despite being relatively compact, you could still fit a laptop, camera, and a sweater or jacket with ease. If keeping your things safe and dry is a major concern, get this pack!
JANSPORT DRIVER 8
Surprise! The most popular backpack brand in the world is making a second appearance on this list! And this backpack is a fantastic option for a carry-on bag as it operates as both a standard backpack and a rolling suitcase. So this backpack will give you exactly what you need from airport to the top of Mount Everest and back.
OSPREY AURA AG 65
If you’ve got a backpacking trip across Europe planned after college to find yourself, this is the only pack you should be looking at. Osprey has long been one of the most trusted models for long backpacking trips, and this one is especially nice as it’s designed to fit naturally to the contours of the human body. It also includes a rain cover that can protect your all-important stuff no matter what conditions you may find yourself in.
How To Prepare For The Nightmare That Is Sitting In The Middle Seat
Try these simple tips the next time you have to endure a flight in the dreaded middle seat.
Traveling, and especially flights, are almost always stressful. Did I forget anything? Are all the appropriate batteries properly charged? Are my toiletries too big or in the wrong bag? Oh no, I’m already late, I’m going to miss my flight! These are thoughts that have gone through all of our heads.
So the last thing any of us ever want to deal with is having to sit in the dreaded middle seat on the airplane! It’s the worst. Always has been, always will be. But have no fear! There are still a lot of things you can do to prep for your flight so your time in the middle seat won’t be the nightmare it usually is. So buckle up and take notes!
PREPARE YOUR BODY
Even if you’re some kind of maniac that doesn’t mind sitting so tightly between two strangers, you still could have an uncomfortable flight if your body isn’t right. So make sure you prepare for your flight by avoiding high-social foods, avoiding alcohol and caffeine (as best you can), and getting in some light exercise before and after the flight. Even if it’s just taking a couple laps around the terminal, it can make all the difference in making sure you’re as comfortable as possible in that middle seat.
At while you’re at, don’t forget to focus on your breathing. Slow, calm breathing can be a lifesaver in any stressful or annoying situation. More specifically, try taking in a deep breath, hold it for 5-10 seconds, then let it all out. Trust me, it’ll help.
STORE EVERYTHING IN THE OVERHEAD COMPARTMENT
Surprise, surprise… it’s gonna be cramped! You will have limited space to get comfortable in the middle seat. Hence the nightmare! That’s why you should make sure to pack light enough that all your carry-ons can fit in the overhead compartments. Having to stuff at your feet or hold one in your lap will only amplify your discomfort. All you really need is your phone/tablet, headphones, a book, and what we’re about to cover in the next paragraph.
BRING WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO TO HELP YOU FALL ASLEEP
This is key. One of the easiest ways to overcome the discomfort of sitting in the middle seat is just to sleep through as much of the flight as you can! There are a lot of products out there that can help you, too. Noise-canceling headphones, earplugs, and of course a neck pillow (make sure you find the perfect one for you!). I know it sounds crazy… but sleeping can actually help you avoid the nightmare!
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS!
OK, I know this is a stretch. The last thing a lot of us want to do is force a conversation with a stranger. And most of us don’t want a stranger to force a conversation with us! But sometimes, if approached properly, a little polite conversation can really help time… fly (sorry). So while you shouldn’t force it and should, of course, leave them alone if they’re not into it, there’s no harm in giving someone a polite smile and trying out a few icebreakers.
Tourist Traps To Avoid When Visiting New York City
New York City will always be a huge vacation destination. But with all the tourists that are there at all times, there are some areas that are definitely worth avoiding.
It doesn’t matter if you’re coming from around the world or from just a couple states away, New York City will always be a huge vacation destination. It’s widely considered the greatest city in the world and is the epitome of an international hub.
But with all the tourists that are there at all times, there are some areas in the city that are absolutely out of control. And if you talk to any real New Yorkers, they’ll tell you that they avoid these areas at all costs. So if you’re planning a trip to New York any time soon and want to skip the mayhem, stay away from these six attractions.
Little Italy is sandwiched between Chinatown and SoHo and offers three compact blocks of Italian restaurants, bakeries, and everything in between. But over the years, the area has become gentrified and many of the original Italian families that resided in the area have left, along with the eateries they first opened.
So these days many of the restaurants are cheesy knockoffs whose only goal is to take advantage of foolish tourists. If you want an authentic experience, there are plenty of other options scattered throughout the city. You just have to do a little homework.
BIKING THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
The Brooklyn Bridge is truly a beautiful bridge. And it can be a lovely walk. But, more often than not, the bridge is so full of walking tourists, that trying to bike across it can be a nightmare. So if you want to brave the bridge on a bike of your own, you better bring a lot of patience or be prepared to yell at a lot of people to get out of your way.
FAMOUS DESSERT SHOPS
There are a lot of famous dessert shops around New York City and they’re famous for a reason. They make delicious desserts! Who doesn’t love dessert? But they have become so famous that more often than not it just isn’t worth waiting around the crowded shops for a taste of your own.
So, similar to what I said when looking for an authentic Italian experience, just do a little research and find some lesser known dessert spots that offer plenty of just-as-scrumptious goodies.
ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE
Make no mistake, New York in Christmas time can be a very beautiful experience. And the giant tree that goes up in Rockefeller Center is no exception. It’s a wonderful tradition. But it’s so wonderful that around Christmas time, Rockefeller Center is just way too crowded with tourists taking pictures and clogging up the sidewalks. If you’re in New York in December and definitely want to take in the tree, go early. It’s usually lit up as early as 5:30 AM.
Times Square is probably the number one tourist attraction in the entire city. So, of course, it’s constantly brimming with tourists! If you can’t handle big crowds this is the last place you want to be. And the flow of people traffic is even worse thanks to all the people stopping to take pictures and various promoters and vendors screaming at you about whatever they’re trying to sell. So unless you really need to take in the massive billboards and bright lights, stay away from Times Square.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
Look, we’re not completely cynical. The Empire State Building is truly an architectural marvel and the views from the top are incredible. But sometimes the lines and the crazy prices ($37 or $65 for express passes) just aren’t worth it. Plus there are other tall buildings and hotel bars that offer incredible views as well. So before you brave the lines, just remember there are other options out there.
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