Sunday, January 18, 2009

How Tourists Annoy People: Part 1

In travels, we seek the added benefit and savings of a hotel that offers a good breakfast spread downstairs in the morning. After years of traveling, though, and dozens of different places, faces and varying degrees of food quality, I've observed a repeat offense that seem to transcend all locations and price tags. The next time you're down in a hotel lobby partaking of a continental spread in the morning, take a look around. Undoubtedly, you'll find an adult - defined as someone age 18 or older - in their pajamas.

Now it's one thing when a toddler is parading around in footed jammies, a sagging diaper and requesting a "biz-kwit" from his mother. It's entirely different when it's a 40-year-old woman wearing plaid, flannel bottoms, a loose fitting t-shirt and slippers.

Although most hotels encourage you to make yourself at home, it doesn't mean you have to dress the part. It would take little more effort to slip whatever you wore the night before on and, in the case of one fella this morning at my hotel, a baseball hat, before you slide down to the buffet.

Dress for success people. Even if you are just doing some sightseeing afterwards.