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What Are Travelers' Biggest Pet Peeves?

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | July 26, 2016

What Are Travelers' Biggest Pet Peeves?

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We all have our pet peeves, especially when traveling.

A recent survey of 2,000 U.S. travelers conducted by worldwide bus and coach travel company Busbud reveals that it doesn't take much to annoy travelers these days, whether they're flying, driving, riding a bus or train or hailing a ride.

Interestingly, when it comes to air, bus and train travel, body odor is the most common pet peeve among travelers, with nearly eight out of 10 in agreement. But since space is oftentimes tough to come by on planes, trains and buses, all it takes is one person without deodorant to ruin everyone's trip.

However, travelers driving to their destination (whether behind the wheel or ride-hailing) cite dangerous driving among their biggest irritants.

Beyond dangerous driving, roadtrippers tend to be most frustrated by drivers who text (72 percent), heavy traffic (67 percent) and slow drivers driving in the fast lane (58 percent).

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When it comes to texting and driving, travelers out west in the Mountain region tend to have the least patience, with more than 75 percent admitting it bugs them. By comparison, the East South Central region of the U.S. is the most laid back, with fewer than 68 percent of travelers being annoyed by the bad habit.

Those hailing a ride are most often annoyed by drivers who get lost (60 percent), disrespectful drivers (60 percent) and a lack of air conditioning (49 percent).

Trailing body odor and delays, crying babies or children are one of the biggest pet peeves among air travelers, with 62 percent indicating it upsets them. Busbud's survey found that men (66 percent) are more annoyed by crying children than women (57 percent). 

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Meanwhile, Millennials (65 percent) — who were themselves babies not that long ago — are more likely to be annoyed by crying babies than Baby Boomers (56 percent) or Generation Xers (54 percent).

Although travelers are quick to point out the behaviors that annoy them the most, many acknowledge that they are part of the problem.

According to Busbud's research, 53 percent of men and 51 percent of women (52 percent of travelers overall) admitted to committing their own travel pet peeves, while 54 percent of Millennials indicated they're often guilty. 

Click here to view a complete breakdown of Busbud's findings. 


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