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?

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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?

Vic
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1 year ago

Probably this is the reason my rent-a-condom business failed!

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Christopher Rhind
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1 year ago

Are you finished with your rental thong sir?

Chris Miilu
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect. Or, as the Brits would say, Brilliant.

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L McN
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1 year ago

Nobody told the water park that you would be an idiot either, yet you showed up....

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

Towels...maybe. But when you go to a community pool or a friends pool, do you expect them to provide you with a swim suit? Besides being ridiculous..it's also unsanitary. It's like lending a friend your thoroughly used underwear....

J Doe
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1 year ago

Towels maybe robe...just go au naturale

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Martti Laurson
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1 year ago

Assumption is the mother of all f**k ups.

Elizabeth
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1 year ago

eewwww, even if they did offer swimsuits eeeewwww

Bruce Scheiman
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1 year ago

When renting something, a bathing suit is the last thing, that comes to mind!

ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

In France, you can often buy swimsuits and shorts/speedos at a vending machine... but no towels as far as I know :-)

knittin' kitten
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1 year ago

Can you lend me your underwear? No? How about your bathing suit? Sure no problem.... um this is the same question to me. If its next to someone's "no zone" I'm not wearing it. Second hand bras kinda gross me out but second hand swimsuit that's so gross

Bruce Scheiman
Community Member
1 year ago

This can't be real! Again, it sounds too absurd, for someone to actually say!

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

In Korea, usually you can buy or rent them, but it's more expensive than going to a super market chaun and buy your own. Also, no warranty they'll have your swim suit size.

Bruce Scheiman
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1 year ago

Guarantee 😉

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Laura Zappenduster
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1 year ago

Did they want to rent it? that would be irritating...

mithril
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1 year ago

Stupid to think they will give you a swimsuit at the water park but the towels, every water park I went to had towels.

Ben Churchill
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1 year ago

I've been to hotels where you can be provided with swimwear and towels if requested, but I've never heard of water parks offering that.

Chaimae Mesbahi
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11 months ago

Or you just assumed it was a naked party, makes more sense then putting on others swimsuits

Linda Harms
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11 months ago

You have mistaken our water park for a bowling alley.

3xtr3m3
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1 year ago

You could just go skinny dipping....

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Must be their first vacation out of their country, or from their planet !!!

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 year ago

Ew! That, is disgusting!!

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
1 year ago

Some people expect everything to be included.... Well the water in the waterpark was included in the price!

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

Why? You wanted a string belonging to someone else?

Anonymous
Community Member
1 year ago

ITS A WATER PARK ARE YOU DUMB

Lisa Shaw
Community Member
1 year ago

Who doesn't bring their own swimsuit? Apparently these people, this one is just gross.

Karina Andersen
Community Member
1 year ago

face palm

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

of course, one sized XXXL for junk food eaters

Wenya Wang
Community Member
1 year ago

Sounds like a you problem.

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
1 year ago

What in??? Who expects a public swimming pool to provide swimsuits to their customers??

Amelia Haynes
Community Member
1 year ago

Ew.

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
1 year ago

How dare they!! I love wearing used swimsuits!

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Mor-on.

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah. Slip on this suit 30 other folks wore before you. And the smelly towels should be okay by the time you get out the cesspool you are about to jump in. That's why the medical release had to be signed.

Annamay
Community Member
1 year ago

Well I hope the hotel had a change of clothes for you!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 year ago

Your mother should have taught you "don't assume anything".

Susatyo Adi
Community Member
1 year ago

Now I'm thinking a new business opportunity....

CrazyCatLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe you could've asked before hand... just a suggestion.

Zeyad Magdy
Community Member
1 year ago

who in his/her adult life doesn't know they need a swimming suit for a water park?

Abbas Fahmy
Community Member
1 year ago

and used tampons if you happen to be menstruating

Diana Hockley
Community Member
1 year ago

Let's hope they don't breed...

Hassini
Community Member
1 year ago

Sounds like it was a water park run by apple.... hmm other water parks provided even the water and rides

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Did they also fail to provide you with a brain? These idiots are simply unbelievable.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

Jesus Christ seriously?!

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

you must have missed the very fine print, OH WAIT only smart people know you need to have your own, swim wear. Towels may and may not be provided, if you aren't sure bring your own.

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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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