I was reading a study the other day that revolved around the annoying habits of Facebook. It was an interesting piece, and highlighted a few of the common issues that I have on there, along with some things that I sometimes find myself doing.
The reason it’s relevant is that one of the most annoying things that Facebook users can apparently do is gloat about a holiday, either one that they’re about to embark on, one that they’ve just returned from or, and to me this is worst of all, one that they’re currently enjoying.
Firstly, in my opinion, who in their right mind thinks “I’m having a great time on holiday – I must tell the world on Facebook about this burger I’ve just eaten!” It boggles the mind – surely it’s more fun to just escape from the world for a bit, and enjoy the burger, and the entertainment, and the weather, and the sunbathing, and the sights, without telling your friends’ friends about each little step along the way?
So I looked into some of the other annoying habits of travellers, and came up with a little list. Have a look, see what you think, and see how guilty you feel at the end of it all:
*Documenting your dinner, course-by-course, on camera with a flash. It’s not really that bad when you’re taking pictures without a flash turned on – people understand that you’re impressed by the food and want to savour the memory –but having flashes going off close to your face, often without warning, can not only ruin the atmosphere but be very annoying in general.
*Clapping when someone trips over, whether it’s another passenger, a bartender or a waiter – come on, really? Are you that immature? People fall over, and sometimes it’s embarrassing or painful. The last thing they need is you laughing and clapping away like some sea lion.
*Hogging a sun lounger. This one doesn’t need much explaining.
*People who don’t pay gratuities, or try to find a way to pay less. This is cruising, tips are a big part of how the on-board crew make their money. So if you aren’t on a voyage where gratuities are included in the fare, make sure you pay fairly for the service you’ve received. You wouldn’t like it if you were underpaid for your job because someone just didn’t want to fork out.
*Finally, my own personal pet hate, don’t complain too much. At all, if possible. There are some people who seem to enjoy seeking out things that are wrong and making a complaint about it. This is your holiday. Lighten up, let a couple of things slide if they don’t affect you too much, and you’ll have a much more pleasant time for it, as well as letting others unwind too.
Keep all of these in mind and you’ll have the best cruise holiday you could hope to enjoy.
By Ian Lewis