Think about what happens in your favorite road trip movies.
Two best friends set out together on an epic journey – they fight, it makes the plot line more interesting, and both emerge even closer at the end, their lives more enriched and fulfilled (well, in most movies anyway).
In real life, however, conflict while traveling isn’t anywhere near as exciting.
Take a cue from some of your favourite films, and take note of what not to look for in a travel buddy.
Dr. Gonzo – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Played by Benicio del Torro, Dr. Gonzo is a perfect example of who not to take on a road trip – whether you’ve got a boot full of drugs or not.
Nobody wants a psychotic travel companion who loudly sings the wrong tune when listening to the radio, pulls knives on random passers-by, tries to electrocute themselves in the bathtub, and abandons you while you’re in a drug-fuelled haze and foots you with the hotel bill.
Gollum – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001 – 2003)
Whether you’re trekking across barren plains to Mordor where peril and near-death lies around the corner, or booking a couple of chilled domestic flights to your closest city, it goes without saying that your travel companion should not be constantly trying to steal your stuff and choke you to death while you’re sleeping – a few things Gollum is a little guilty of.
Neal Page – Planes Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Played by Steve Martin, if you have a friend who’s constantly frustrated, angry and tries to ditch you several times throughout your journey, consider another travel buddy.
Sure, it may be funny to watch them scream at airport employees or rental car companies once or twice, but it will get embarrassing if they’re constantly having a tantrum.
Richard Hoover – Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
While travelling with your dysfunctional family is a bad idea at the best of times, a particularly uptight and neurotic parent or travel companion like Richard Hoover, played by Greg Kinnear, is the worst.
Annoying attempts at motivational speeches, unhelpful diet tips and constant over-analyses of everybody’s personality types will soon get very tiring.
Alan Garner – The Hangover (2009)
We’ve all got a friend who’s a little socially awkward, at times inappropriate and just a little darn weird.
But if said friend decides to slip you and your other travel companions a roofie one night just like Zach Galifinakis’ character does in The Hangover – you’re probably better off leaving them at home…
6 Types Of People You Don’t Want To Sit Next To On A Flight
Many people hold the belief that they will be able to rest during a long flight and think that they will feel totally refreshed when landing in their destination – they will soon realize that they couldn’t be more wrong …
Flying (at least economy class), is not normally comfortable, you’re placed among a large bunch of strangers for many long hours, whether you like it or not – and you can’t get away from them.
Here are some typical types of passengers that you will want to do everything to AVOID sitting next to:
The Chair Kicker
For me, this is by far the worst one. I cannot stand bored kids yelling, whining and constantly kicking the back of my seat on a 12hr flight.
It’s not really the kids fault, what bothers me is that the parents don’t tell them to stop kicking…
The Farty Pants
Pray to god that the person next to you hasn’t eaten an egg sandwich, spicy cheese balls or…cabbage… before boarding the flight.
The Chatty Friends
Trying to get some shut eye at 2 am with two chatty girl friends next to you – is simply impossible.
I’ve found these people being most frequent on charter flights. They start partying already half an hour in the air, and the more drinks they order the louder they talk.
Whether they’re trying to calm their nerves or just can’t wait to get started spending all the saved up money for the holiday drinks, it’s not the most enjoyable people to sit next to.
The Arm Rest Rival
The constant and everlasting war over the ONE arm rest, and then you end up squashed between two seats with no arm rest to rest on – again!
Once you finally get a piece of it, you can’t take your arm OFF in fear of losing it again.
The Nervous Wreck
Flying is a little nerve-wrecking for many of us, but fingers crossed that you don’t have to sit next to the fingernail biting, knee shaking passenger who keeps asking the flight attendants questions every time they walk by.
How about you?
What are some types of people you can’t stand flying next to?
(photo credit: Soon. – Andres Rueda – Maanskyn)