Travel Etiquette

Welcome back to another Etiquette post. If you’ve missed out on the first two posts of this series you can catch-up right over here: Salon Etiquette & Gym Etiquette.

Whether you’re heading out-of-town for a weekend on the train or hopping on a plane for a few weeks away from it all, there are some rules to live – And travel – By when you hit the road.

Read on for some of my top Travel Etiquette tips to help you navigate the world of travel without breaching etiquette or falling victim to poor manners.

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[1.] Remember – You are not alone

Please, for everyone’s sake, refrain from doing the things that you would only do in the privacy of your home – From nail clipping to singing aloud – These aren’t for public consumption.

We all thank you!

[2.] Be cognizant of noise levels

I listen to music non-stop while I’m traveling, it helps pass the time and keeps my stress levels down, but I always make sure that I’m not disturbing the people around me. Speakerphone conversations, phone calls of a personal nature, and hearing-ruining volumes that everyone around you can hear should all be avoided.

[3.] Watch what you eat

Highly aromatic foods can disturb or even nauseate the people around you so try to keep that in mind when you’re planning/buying your travel meals. There are tons of easy-to-carry foods that have little to no scent so try some of those on your next trip – Salads, fruits & veggies, nuts & trail mix, and energy bites and all tasty, healthy options.

I once sat next to someone who ate a rotisserie chicken on a train from Paris to the South of France and I swear I could smell it on my clothes and in my hair for the next two days!

[4.] Keep an eye on your things

Yes, the automated voice over the loudspeaker urging you not to leave your belongings unattended is easy to tune out, but that doesn’t mean that she’s wrong. Make sure you’re tidy, that you know where all of your luggage is, and that you’re not in other people’s way. I spend a good portion of my time in airports and train stations tripping over people’s rolling suitcases because they don’t know where they left them.

For the sake of my perpetually clumsy, I urge you to keep an eye on your things!

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[5.] Be reasonable

Repeat after me – When you’re traveling, SHIT HAPPENS.

And sometimes, that shit is bad. Delayed flights, lost reservations, missing luggage – It sucks and it’s easy to lose your cool over. Tension and stress are high, but try your hardest not to take it out on the people around you. It’s not the gate attendant’s fault that the plane left without you, and the poor crew manning baggage claim didn’t intentionally ruin your trip by misplacing your suitcase.

Rather than overact and risk ruining your trip with a bad attitude, try deep breathing, going to your happy place, or thinking about how much worse things could really be. Not helping? That’s why there’s a bar at the airport!

{Images from Wanderlust}

What travel rules do YOU live by?

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