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The Most Annoying Travel Habit: Are You Guilty?

When they’re seated behind you on a plane, in the hotel room next door, or beside you at a museum, loud travelers are the worst–and this new survey proves it.

The travel booking website Agoda polled over 10,000 people who have vacationed in the past year on what tourist behavior they found the most annoying. The top five most irritating habits were:

  1. Noisy travelers
  2. Tourists who are “glued to their devices”
  3. People who are “insensitive to cultural nuances”
  4. Giant tour groups
  5. Selfie-takers

So next time you spot a large, loud group of tourists who are glued to their devices in order to take selfies in a culturally inappropriate place–congratulations, you’ve hit the jackpot of frustrating travel behavior.

Do you agree with this list? What travel habit drives you crazy?

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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