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....

Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

But it's true!! The Americans use their proximity to Jamaica to their advantage. They remove their travel time and put it in the Brit's time.

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Kristy P
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1 year ago

Next time you go, fly to the US and THEN down to Jamaica. Problem solved!

Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Stupid Earth!

Turnip and a Frog
Community Member
1 year ago

They should so sue the Map Making Institute People for this! If they do, I really hope this lands me a pretty Pacific island right in front of my door in the middle Central Europe 😏

Catlady6000
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1 year ago

With palm trees and polar bears!

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Christopher Rhind
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1 year ago

Wait till they see the extra travel time to get to Europe after the Brexit move !!

Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
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1 year ago

I hear that the Jamaicans bribed Gaia and their trip is even shorter.

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone needs a refresher in Geography.....

Giorgio Prodoti
Community Member
1 year ago

And maybe they also spent less

Molly E
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1 year ago

Are they really tracking everyone's flight to see whose takes the least amount of time?

Sonka
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1 year ago

actually I have a similar complain ... to get to Bora Bora from Tahiti and to get to Bora Bora from Toronto ... unfair !!!!! come on - this was a joke

Ed Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

They have to be flatearthers to even think this. Ed

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

Not the ones who booked a flight to mars. Took them a lot longer and their luggage burned up.

Wlle Leitz
Community Member
1 year ago

My first trip to Vancouver, asked the locals - What time does the ocean close ???

AnnieLaurie Burke
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1 year ago

D*mned continental drift! It never works as fast as you need it to.

WaffleFryLife
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1 year ago

this made me laugh so much more than it should've

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Suzanne Clark
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1 year ago

I guess it's comforting to know that stupidity is not exclusive to any one country...sad though.

Jjjane20
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1 year ago

They could have taken a flight to USA a swim the rest...

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

Not literally in hours. The comment was based on what time it is in the USA and what time it is in the UK. Remember the UK is hours ahead of us, so it made the time travel to the USA seem a lot shorter, when it wasn't.

Ed Souza
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1 year ago

And they were thinking "those damn entitled Americans"

Stormy Ashes
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2 days ago

Are they serious

Claudia Gross
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11 months ago

Wow

Tifferooski
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1 year ago

Most of these have to be from kids or something.

amanda strachan
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1 year ago

No. Surely no one is this daft

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
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1 year ago

hhahahahahahahahaahahahahah

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
1 year ago

NO

Smiley Rie
Community Member
1 year ago

Those pesky Americans - always rigging things to their advantage lol

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
1 year ago

Because the Earth is flat and you just can walk home?...

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

Can someone get this person a map, please?

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 year ago

It is definitely unfair. You should petition your govt to move closer.

Karina Andersen
Community Member
1 year ago

trust me this is real

Steve Barker
Community Member
1 year ago

Duh. Move to America.

TC
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha... another English woman...

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

time fly

Maggie Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, dahling, stop and think....."with the sun" "against the sun"? Hmmm?

Jane Alexander
Community Member
1 year ago

Ha hahahahahahaha

Ann Maunder
Community Member
1 year ago

Duh!

Diana Crawford
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok, this statement proves geography should have been taught in kindergarten or pre-school or started while attending pre-school and kindergarten. Why I'm I thinking "You may not past" hmm

WaffleFryLife
Community Member
1 year ago

i know it's sad, but I didn't even begin to learn geography until around sixth grade! it's gotten easier, but I really wish I had started learning sooner.

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Mike Procaccini
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1 year ago

It is Totally unfair!!!! The Americans get all the breaks!! How wrong!!!!

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Stupid.

Linda Sellers
Community Member
1 year ago

lol, omg.

Nikki
Community Member
1 year ago

hm. wonder why? i guess they don't know distance works.

Lisa Mengucci
Community Member
1 year ago

Beyond words

Melinda Burge
Community Member
1 year ago

I have nothing witty to say - all I got is ba ha ha ha ha ha!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 year ago

Who promised you life would be fair? You better get used to it, I'm thinking you are going to keep running into these kind of problems for the rest of your life.

CrazyCatLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Erhmmm... yes... well... pffft?!?!?!

Free Scotland
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m sure this wasn’t in the literal sense. This category is mostly fake.

Ghost_Recon_Waffle
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm speechless

Harleen
Community Member
1 year ago

We take a shortcut through the Bermuda triangle

Sandy Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't you know we Americans are always in a hurry??

Zake Pert
Community Member
1 year ago

This really seems fake.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I've actually seen other version of this type of complaint. There really are people that stupid out there.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

*other versions (site won't let me edit)

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Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

I slapped myself too hard while reading this.

Smerv
Community Member
1 year ago

Realized something?

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Mimi M
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1 year ago

I thought the first one was a classic. This is Shakespeare level.

TD Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

so much for the educational system. this is beyond sad and stupid.

Lacey Heward
Community Member
1 year ago

Geography? GRADE F

FunkyChicken09
Community Member
1 year ago

This is basic geography. Wait no...... COMMON SENSE

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my word, time difference ...duh

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Move to America then.

Eva Bryson
Community Member
1 year ago

NO!!

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Wlle Leitz
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1 year ago

Tourist stopped me and asked if I could help him out ! I replied - sure can, which way did you come in...

Annamay
Community Member
1 year ago

It's dreadfully unfair! Please don't travel again. I'm begging you.

Candice Ravel
Community Member
1 year ago

Please don't let these fucktards breed.

Leo H
Community Member
1 year ago

Not sure why anyone would want to go to Jamaica

Lynda Veilleux
Community Member
1 year ago

People that stupid shouldn't be allowed to travel!

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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?

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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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