Strange Travel Quirks: Can You Relate?

What quirky things do you do when traveling?

I was recently reading an article on the website Hello Giggles about quirky travel behaviors. Some of them were understandable, like refusing to walk barefoot on hotel carpets. Other quirks ranged from needing a specific number of pillows in order to be able to sleep to getting to the airport hours early because of a fear of missing your plane.

Sharon has a few things she does when we travel that I shake my head at, like bringing her own pillow from home no matter where we are going or how long the trip is. I’ve actually started  doing this one myself, but only for longer trips so I no longer consider it that quirky of a behavior (except when it’s just for a night of two. That’s still quirky). (Note from Sharon: Shup! I love my pillow!)

She also wipes the TV remote control down with Purell, but I could see a reason for that, in an effort to prevent others’ germs from getting on our hands.

One thing I find more odd is that she brings her own soap and shampoo. Now that’s not strange in and of itself but they are not the same brand of soap and shampoo she ever uses at home. They are specific ones that she only uses when she’s on vacation (Note from Sharon regarding the photo below: I don’t ever use Dove and I do not need to use Head & Shoulders. Joe, why did you pick THAT picture?!?!?! LOLOL!).


I have a couple of quirky things I do when I travel. I take the hotel soaps home with me. Now, I know that’s not uncommon but I’ll also take the used soap bars home with me or bring them from hotel to hotel.

I’ll also stack my change. It started when I was traveling overseas, mainly so I’d know how much money I had. Coins have value (and weight) in other countries and you can end up walking around with £20 of coins in your pocket before you know it. Stranger still is now I do it when we travel in the U.S.


I also unpack my suitcase if I am staying somewhere for more than 1 night. By this, I mean I unpack ALL of my clothes in the drawers and closets. If it’s only a 1 night stay, I’ll begrudgingly live from my bag but more than that I want to feel like I have some control over the space.

So what’s something you do when you travel that’s a little unusual? Come on, fess up. I told you my little idiosyncrasies (and Sharon’s, too). What’s yours?

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Would You Still Stay at This Hotel?

If you know anything about Sharon and I from meeting us in person or from reading our blog, you’ll know that we and the word “party” do not usually belong in the same sentence. If a room is too crowded or the music is too loud, we’re typically headed towards the exit.

I put a lot of time into picking out hotels for our most recent trip, probably too much (Note from Sharon: Probably???). I weighed the cost of the room, the location and the quality of the hotel to find the best fit for each of our locations. Except one.

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Earn up to 4x Chase Ultimate Rewards at Disney Theme Parks

Visiting a Disney theme park is expensive. There aren’t many discounts available so you want to try to maximize the amount of points you get back on the money you’re going to be spending anyway. I was at Disneyland yesterday and was reminded of an easy way to get extra points. I’m really mad at myself that I didn’t think of it right away.

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Timing Your Flights To Save Money On Your Rental Car

Did you know that taking a different flight may save you money on your rental car? It can, because of the way car rental companies figure out your final bill. Unlike other reservations, like hotels, your car rental is calculated using a 24 hour clock. Here’s how that can make a big difference in the price of your rental.

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I’m Glad We’re Going To Vegas 2 Weeks After The Shooting Tragedy – Here’s Why

Over the past couple of weeks, it’s been impossible to avoid stories about the tragedy that happened in Las Vegas. Now, I know that at a time like this, my travel plans are very low on the list of priorities. But I can’t ignore that as this article posts, we are going to be driving to Las Vegas. True, I have hotel reservations, dinner reservations, show tickets and plane tickets that I made months ago but that’s not why we’re still going.

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Ghosts, Orbs & The Paranormal: Visiting Haunted Locations

One of my guilty pleasures is watching ghost hunting shows. I DVR episodes of Ghost Adventures (and previously Ghost Hunters – may the show R.I.P.) and snuggle with our dog on the bed while I listen to the EVPs and slamming doors. I’ve even gotten to the point where I can hear the spirit voices before they replay them with the subtitles. I think I like watching these shows because I’m pretty sure I used to live in a house where I had some spiritual co-inhabitants. It was a house built in 1928 on the farmland of one of the city founders. I never felt anything evil or menacing, just a occasional presence over my shoulder, watching what I was doing. There was also the times where lights I know I turned off were back on. Not just once or twice, but more like a weekly occurrence. I really noticed the difference when I moved and the feeling of being watched was gone. It was the strangest thing and it’s impossible to describe if you’ve never experienced it.

Alas, Sharon doesn’t share my enthusiasm in ghosts and the paranormal, but over the years, I’ve managed to get her to go to a number of haunted locations. Some of them because they had other appeal to her tastes and other times we were led there as part of a tour package. I didn’t care, we were going ghost hunting!

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