The joy of travel is in the discovery. However, in these days of Tripadvisor, Instagram and Google maps, the magic of the unexpected has been diminished somewhat; we seem to want to find exactly what we are looking for, rather than simply bask in the newness of it all.

There is a certain kind of traveler that takes this concept to the extreme, and would probably be happier just staying at home. You'll find them in English pubs up and down the Spanish Costas, red as lobsters, tucking into egg and chips and complaining about the lack of Marmite or baked beans, or some other obscure product from the U.K.

Then there are the Instagram hordes who saw a heavily filtered picture of an iconic attraction and join a huge crowd of people with selfie sticks, jostling to get that exact same shot. Hardly the breathtaking and romantic experience you had in mind, was it? When reality fails to match expectations, based on the promise of home comforts or unrealistic Instagram images, people get disappointed and make ridiculous complaints.

These vacation complaints, made to real travel agents and tour companies and based on a Thomas Cook/ABTA survey, are so absurd that it's hard to believe that they are real. Spanish people speaking Spanish in Spain? The brochure didn't tell us it would be like that! Why is the sand yellow? I expected white sand!

I guess the lesson to take from all the disappoint and ridiculousness is this: Travel without expectations, and accept that the world doesn't exist simply to cater to your comforts and photography needs.  Go with an open mind to discover, experience and learn!

Scroll down below to see the list for yourself, and tell your travel stories in the comments!

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

This can't possibly be real, no one can actually be this stupid

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But are we getting more picky about our holidays? How are people's travel habits changing? Let's take a look at the ways that technology and modern life have affected the ways we choose to spend our time off.

We travel more frequently but for shorter durations: "The Office for National Statistics in the UK conducted a survey called the International Passenger Survey in 1996 and 2016 to uncover the biggest changes in the travel habits between the 1990s and now – that’s a 20-year study," Drifter Planet writes.

"The results show that Brits are now going on more holidays than before. In 2016 they went on more than 45 million holidays abroad, compared to only 27 million in 1996, an overall rise of 68%. But despite this, holidays are becoming shorter, proving to be one of the biggest changes we’ve seen over the years marking a huge decline of two week holidays. A week-long break is now much more popular than ever before and there’s been an increase in holidays lasting up to 10 nights."

With budget airlines making the citybreak a more affordable option, it's no surprise that people are exploring their own continent more, rather than save it all for one big summer trip. It keeps you fresh to get frequent little escapes from work and daily life, rather than waiting almost a whole year for the summer to come around again!

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Falcon
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1 year ago

This can't be real....

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Sorry they fell from the sky.

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Active holidays are on the rise: As people are becoming more health conscious, so are wellness holidays becoming more popular. Instead of letting it all go with booze and food while away, people are seeking to recharge, repair, and have more of a fitness-oriented break. Things like Ayurveda, Yoga, reiki, body detox, spa and meditation holidays have all seen a huge spike in interest, while classics like hiking, camping and cycling are as popular as they ever were.

Conversely, the old 18-35, contiki tour classics are on the wane, which many people would see as a good thing. While there are still plenty of resort options if you want to get wasted, sunburned and laid, it doesn't quite seem to have the same appeal to the younger generation as it did for us oldies. Maybe kids these days are just more sensible, introverted, health and image conscious to get into wild drunken brawls on the streets of Benidorm or Ayia Napa.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Your husband is probably making the person bathing topless uncomfortable. It should not be allowed to ogle.

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

I heard that his wife saw it too and left him for the elephant

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Social media's effects: Back in the old days, you'd arrive at your destination with maybe a guide book, a map and some interesting new banknotes. These days, we've seen photos of everything, read all the restaurant reviews, know which attractions we want to photo ourselves, as well as the funky 'hidden' bars and hangouts. We all find these things in the same place: Google. 'Top 10 things you must see in Porto' leads tourists to the same few places in the city, all busy instagramming away and trying to keep the crowds out of their image.

If somewhere happens to be particularly popular on Instagram, it will be packed with people trying to get that 'money shot,' rather than simply enjoying the aura of the place. The tumbling, colorful buildings of Cinque Terre; the strikingly blue streets of Chefchaouen, the sun setting over the pyramids of Giza... we've all seen these iconic images in gorgeous photos, and we want to take those exact same photos. Perhaps it has always been that way, but Instagram has definitely 'influenced' the way we travel.

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Smerv
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1 year ago

...and the water was wet?

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Giorgio Prodoti
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1 year ago

You don't say?

Grace Barclay
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1 year ago

A fool and his money are soon parted ;-)

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Christopher Rhind
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1 year ago

Afraid to look more closely at my $ 15 Rolex after reading this news !

D H
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1 year ago

you over paid - I got mine for $10 - from a guy at a street festival

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
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1 year ago

Put on you Mike Air shoes, grab you Lewis Vetton bag and run down to the police station to file a complaint.

Maija Apine
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1 year ago

Lewis Vetton..im dying :D

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Iris Engler
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1 year ago

Same happend to me with my Gucci purse for 20 bucks ... facepalm

jo_shortland
Community Member
1 year ago

NO WAY !!!

Mary Jaye
Community Member
1 year ago

DID YOU CHECK THEM OUT ON CONSUMER REPORTS TO SEE HOW THEY RATE? I WOULD DO THAT RITE AWAY!!!!

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Well how bout that.

María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, this is quite common, not only by holidaymakers. People buy shit at a very reduced price and then they complain because it breaks after two days. What did they expect?

Ana M
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1 year ago

You need to write to the 'Ray-Ban´ fake brand.

katt
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1 year ago

Why I am simply shocked stupid! 😲

louis porter
Community Member
1 year ago

Better check that Rolex a guy sold you in a dark pub for 50 bucks.

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

All I can say--one words: SUCKERS

Jack Lambrecht
Community Member
1 year ago

Fake ones still worth it- nobody can tell the difference!!

mr toto
Community Member
1 year ago

no way!

BramTheBlackpoolFan
Community Member
9 months ago

I bought a house in Mayfair last week, I was playing Monopoly and I can’t believe how small my house is! I want my money back!!

Chaimae Mesbahi
Community Member
11 months ago

No way ?fake for real ?

Mada Tim
Community Member
11 months ago

Duh!😂

Claudia Gross
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh really?

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago (edited)

I love the knockoff markets! I've gotta get me some Nipe shoes, a Spoopy (Snoopy) t-shirt, and some Jorashe jeans. Oh, I almost forgot about What What Kitten (Hello Kitty). I have learned that if I declare a long list of stupid shit at the customs counter, I get to see a government official roll his eyes at me. I also learned that if you say, "I have, like, a ton of tobacco in my bag! Wanna see?" They do not, in fact, wanna see it. They just want you to go away.

3xtr3m3
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1 year ago

RayBans for 6.50 dollars?? Sounds like a great deal to me!

Norman van Druten
Community Member
1 year ago

Nooooo Really??!!

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 year ago

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

John Backus
Community Member
1 year ago

Dumbasses !

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
1 year ago

Really? What gave it away?

Zaheen Muhammad
Community Member
1 year ago

Aww, how could they?

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow you totally got ripped off.

Lisa Shaw
Community Member
1 year ago

I know a guy who bought a bridge in Brooklyn, turns out he doesn't own it!

Lisa Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

No shit Sherlock!

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
1 year ago

...really?

Elie Georges
Community Member
1 year ago

They wouldn't have known the difference if he charged them the correct price!

enjoyinglife
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1 year ago

Honey, go to Tijuana Mexico they sell the "real" stuff there it's cheap too.

Nicole F
Community Member
1 year ago

Didn't the flying pig warn you?

Diana Crawford
Community Member
1 year ago

while there is understanding Ray Ban is over priced like all other sunglasses hmm

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
1 year ago

These guys that paid $10 & $15 for a Rolex are suckers. I paid $100 so it has to be real!!!

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
1 year ago

Really?!!! Noooooooooooooo!! Can't be!!!!

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
1 year ago

No shit.

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Get a clue.

Taryn Wallace
Community Member
1 year ago

WHAT!!!!!!

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

You get exactly what you pay for. Hate to think what you paid for hotel and meals.

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

Thanks for supporting global economy

Wlle Leitz
Community Member
1 year ago

I hear the Golden Gate Bridge is up for sale...

Annamay
Community Member
1 year ago

No. This is so wrong! I'm so many ways.

Nikki
Community Member
1 year ago

no street vendor would ever give such expensive glasses for under 10$. of course you got ripped off!

bpanther
Community Member
1 year ago

I once bought diamonds from a homeless person because he had to eat. THEY WERE REAL !!!

Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, if they work...

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 year ago

Too bad you missed the Louis Vuitton purses at the next corner, they were real!

Doris Peressin
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah, what a surprise... try to buy a Porsche for $ 5K...

CrazyCatLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh gosh... really???

Suspeito Do Costume
Community Member
1 year ago

Nooooo!!!

Anne M Sim
Community Member
1 year ago

You get what you pay for

Harleen
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe you could've seen this coming if you'd taken the sunglasses off

Marina
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, noooo!... 😮

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I have a bridge to sell to this dumb bunny.

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

No s***, Sherlock, what was your first clue?

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh wow. Really? WHO WOULD'VE GUESSED?!

Rob Spear
Community Member
1 year ago

stupid is as stupid does...

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

well, DUUUH!

FunkyChicken09
Community Member
1 year ago

U really weren’t expecting that...........

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

WELL, DUH....once again DUH

The Girl on Fire
Community Member
1 year ago

If it's from a street peddler, it's probably fake.

Ueda
Community Member
1 year ago

They probably went to Florence. ;)

knittin' kitten
Community Member
1 year ago

Well now we have dishonest street venders...? Mind blown

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, sounds like you guys got ripped off.

Jack Lambrecht
Community Member
1 year ago

No! It’s truly worth it- you buy this stuff sometimes because it’s fake

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Kay Cee
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1 year ago

The dumbest thing I've ever heard

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Hope Floats
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1 year ago

I despair....Sometimes I think there are certain groups of people that should holiday in their high street....

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Mosquitoes love imported food. ♥

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Rose the Cook
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1 year ago

Did you try using a knife?

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Falcon
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1 year ago

You don't say 😏

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Rose the Cook
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1 year ago

Who would wear a swimsuit that had been worn by others anyway?

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Kwj
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1 year ago

Sounds like someone has "sniffed" too much hairdye chemicals already :O

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

That's disturbing

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

I wish people like this would just stay in their own countries

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Tiffany Marie
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1 year ago

I think One Person.. Made all these stupid comments.

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Molly E
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1 year ago

Was the water too thin?

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

I would have solved it by pushing them into the water to wait for boat's arrival

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

thoughts and prayers

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Foxxy
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1 year ago (edited)

You would hate it in Australia. Shops open 9am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday except late night shopping one day a week, which finishes at 9 pm. Saturday is 9-5 and Sunday is 11-5. Although supermarkets are open from 7 am - 9pm mon to fri.

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Christopher Rhind
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1 year ago

Ginger Nuts likely the nickname the shop keepers had for these tourists.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Plot twist, they were the noisy and unruly guests.

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