Lonely Planet Writer

Are you guilty of the most annoying travel habits?

Most people will acknowledge that despite some annoyances, travel is a luxury. But, there are some behaviours that can easily drive your fellow travellers crazy, the most frustrating of which have been revealed in a new study.

Think twice before striking up a conversation on a flight. Image by Getty Images

Overall, the most annoying things that people can do on flights are kicking the seat, going barefoot or not minding their children, according to Expedia.com’s 2018 Airplane and Hotel Etiquette Study. When it comes to flying, 51% of respondents in the study said that passengers who bump, kick, or grab other seats are the worst passengers – not surprising as it gets harder to stay in your own space as legroom continues to shrink. In addition, 43% were bothered by other travellers’ (lack of) hygiene, and 39% are annoyed by inattentive parents.Those issues might cause some in-air disputes, but there are certain behaviours it seems almost all of us can agree on. More than 90% of respondents around the world said it is not okay to go barefoot during a flight. Expedia.com notes that the best way to avoid conflict is to not take your socks off on flights and never to prop your feet up.

Being friendly can be a virtue, but you may want to make sure your seatmate is truly interested in some chitchat before delving into conversation. Nearly 90% of US travellers want to keep to themselves while flying. In fact, 69% would rather sleep than talk to other passengers. When it comes to the always controversial question of whether to recline, most travellers say they only will if the flight is longer than three hours or when they are going to sleep. One-quarter of Americans say they never recline at all because they deem it to be rude, while Europeans are more likely to ask someone to un-recline their seat.

Loud hotel guests are some of the most annoying. Image by freemixer/Getty Images

For hotel guests, inattentive parents are once again the most frustrating folks to be around, with 45% of travellers citing them an as annoyance. That even puts them ahead of “hallway hell raisers” and “in-room revellers” at 41%, followed by complainers at 20%. Worldwide, travellers are “most annoyed to find bed bugs, a used condom, cigarette smoke or foul smell upon checking into a hotel room,” though it’s likely that many people would describe themselves as much more than annoyed in those scenarios.