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!).

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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.

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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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The Five Easy Things I Want In A Hotel Room

Hotels spend time and money to figure out what their guests want the most. To find this information, they send surveys asking how was the stay and asking their guests to rate everything from the front desk, to the room cleanliness, and even the fitness room. Hotels also have their employees watch over sites like Tripadvisor and Yelp! to spot bad reviews so they can try to resolve the problems (in public, so everyone can see they care).

I’m going to save the hotels a bunch of money in market research. In no specific order, here are the FIVE things I want from my hotel room.

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The Hotels Near WDW You Can Stay In With Your Marriott Credit Card Free Night

Several hotel credit cards give you a free night at one of their establishments every year when you pay the annual fee. The cool thing is this free night benefit is often is worth more than the cost of keeping the credit card, doesn’t require you to spend a certain amount of money on the card, and doesn’t require you to have any points in your account. It’s simply a totally a free night, including tax.

It makes sense to try to get the most value out of the free night and I’ve read articles listing the places around the world where you can get the most expensive room. I decided instead of that approach, I’d look at a place many people travel to each year. Walt Disney World (WDW). If you can stretch your vacation one more day by using a free night, that could be very valuable to you and your family.

Here are the Marriott hotels in the WDW area where you can use your free night:

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A New Discount for ICE! & This One Is For Their Florida/Kissimmee Location!

Marriott has another online offer for money off ICE! at a Gaylord Resort for this holiday season and this time it’s for their Florida/Kissimmee location, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center!

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Save Up To 40% on Tickets to Gaylord Resort’s “ICE!” 72 HOUR FLASH SALE!

It’s never too early for Christmas, right? Well OK, I know some people who are saying “YES!!!” very, very loudly right now. But when one of the Gaylord Resorts is offering up to 40% off its tickets to ICE! during a 72-hour online flash sale, perhaps it can be Christmas in September for a little bit.

Here are the details:

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Starwood & Marriott Winter Hotel Promotions Are Out!!

I previously wrote about the winter promotions for IHG and Hilton. But with all of the Hurricane Irma excitement, I missed out on the promos that Starwood and Marriott announced this past week. Now that things are getting back to normal, I’m checking to see if any of these are valuable. As always, if you think you might be eligible for any promotion, it pays to register even if you don’t take advantage of it. Otherwise you might forget or miss out on the registration date.

Here are the details for each promotion:

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