Playing 20 Questions: #4 What’s Your Travel Hell?

By @ 09/15/16 in 20 questions, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Travel hell in ManAboutWorld magazine as part of 20 questions with expertsManAboutWorld editors and correspondents travel. A lot. And we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad and the almost unimaginable. To learn from laugh at … er, of course we mean with … our road-ripping writer friends, we asked them 20 questions ranging from silly to serious, including #4: What’s your travel hell?

Travel Hell

Our most frequent-traveling travel-industry friends have revealed a rather dainty side with several admitting that traveling in coach or camping is like Dante’s 7th circle! For the other six circles, read on! Let us know your own version of travel hell and don’t forget to get your 1-month trial subscription to ManAboutWorld for only $1!

Robert Sharp, Owner, Out-Adventures

A giant motorcoach tour.

Niazi Rubez, ManAboutWorld Correspondent

Anywhere with children.

Tom Roth, President and Founder, Community Marketing & Insights

Economy seating on long haul flights is my travel hell. I gladly clocked a zillion miles in economy exploring the world through the years, but for the past five years or so, I’ve used miles, upgrades and favors to pretty much sit/sleep in forward cabins on flights across oceans or between continents. It makes a huge difference to both destination and return assimilation. I wouldn’t say I “won’t” travel in back if that was all that was available to a destination I wanted to visit, but I’ll kick and scream to avoid it.

Jeff Guaracino, Co-author, Handbook of LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Marketing: A Guide for Business Practice

Coach class

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More Travel Hell

Jon Makhmaltchi, ManAboutWorld Correspondent

Not getting my upgrade!

Bob Witeck, President, Witeck Communications

My idea of travel hell is staying in accommodations that are hot and stifling, without air conditioning or even a breeze to ensure sleep. Without a good sleep, inevitably crankiness follows.

Leyla Farah, ManAboutWorld Correspondent

Traveling with people who aren’t willing to try new things. C’mon — that’s the whole point of travel! You don’t have to like it, but you do have to try it.

Jon Allen,Owner, Island House Key West

Flight cancelled, stuck in an airport.

Carlos Melia, Luxury Travel Curator & Blogger

An all inclusive resort week in Jamaica

Miles Mitchinson, ManAboutWorld Correspondent

Being so bound by endless appointments and schedules that one of my favorite parts of travel, the spontaneity, disappears.

Rangel Vilas Boas, ManAboutWorld Correspondent


Andrew Mersmann, Editor at large, Passport Magazine

A Jeep full of squealing boys terrifying the wildlife on safari (happened…saaaaaad).

Michael T. Luongo, Freelance Writer, Editor and Photographer

I like what most people would call travel hell but maybe loads of cancelled flights or stupid behavior by overbearing airline people who use ‘security’ as a reason for misbehavior.

Even More Travel Hell

Ryan Haynes, ManAboutWorld Correspondent

More than two days of total peace, quiet and tranquility — a desert island. Give me people any day.

Louise Rafkin, ManAboutWorld correspondent

Anything boring.

David Alport, Personal and professional coach

A flight on any Boeing 757.

Shelley Shusteroff, Owner, Islanders Travel

The airport.

Paul VanDeCarr, Arts, travel, and nonprofit writer

I’m embarrassed to say it, but my personal hell is waking up super-early for a flight — it’s why I schedule afternoon flights if possible.

Michael Doughman, Executive Director, Dallas Tavern Guild

Going through customs at the Miami International airport

Richard Gray, Managing Director LGBT Market, Greater Ft. Lauderdale

Having upgraded to a first class airplane seat and on the day of departure having your flight canceled and the only flights the airline can book you on are in coach in a middle seat.

Nathaniel Halsey

Waiting in lines and lots of people, crowds tourists


Tom Nibbio, CEO & Manager, Jonathan Gatz Fitness

Sitting between 2 obese people in a middle seat in economy class on a long flight.

Steve Murray-Smith, Board of Commissiners, Key West

As former president of an international travel association with a major conference in Italy, my bag was delayed five days. I borrowed pants (rolled up the cuffs) to enjoy dinner with the CEO of a business, and when bag finally arrived, all contents were soaking wet, soured, and basically trash. Not a fun way to travel.

What’s YOUR travel hell. Tell us.

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