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?

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Kwj
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1 year ago

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

Joanna Costea
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1 year ago

or hairspray..

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Christopher Rhind
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1 year ago

Surely there must be more trainee hairdresser friendly resorts available !!

Rowlie
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1 year ago

Why did You go if You knew they don't accept hairdressers?

Daria Z
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1 year ago

That's actually funny :D

Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
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1 year ago

Do we need a CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT for hairdressers?

Karen Dyer
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1 year ago

please don't have children

Dawn Baik
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1 year ago

o...m...g

Mega Shark
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1 year ago

lol

Annamay
Community Member
1 year ago

Definitely! Never go there again!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, you do tend to stand out. . .

Loretta
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1 year ago

I had to read this twice to understand.

boredkitten
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1 year ago

me too

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Kim Snoek-Stockham
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11 months ago

They aren't too bright generally.

Chris_the_Creative
Community Member
1 year ago

Those hairdressers are a rowdy bunch, we don't want them around here...

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 year ago

hahahahhahahahahahahahahah

Veronica Niechajczyk
Community Member
1 year ago

wut?

Bettye McKee
Community Member
1 year ago

Were there any signs that read "Hairdressers will be persecuted" ?

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah I think you're totally right, they have something against hairdressers! What a shame!

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

What?????

Zaheen Muhammad
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah right, update your FB profile please

Steven Bacon
Community Member
1 year ago

And that's exactly why they aspire to be hairdressers!

Wenya Wang
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1 year ago

I'm sure they meant they didn't hire hairdressers.

Leesa DeAndrea
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1 year ago

Hairdresser discrimination? LOL

Maggie Collins
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1 year ago

Dahling, read it again, slowly, maybe it will become clear.

Nancy Baldauf
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1 year ago

Paranoid, or just self-centered?

Kanga9ine
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1 year ago

No. They just knew it would take a lot longer to fix your hair. Stay in school.

Donna Reynolds
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1 year ago

It was written all over their follicles.

Jarno Flinkers
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1 year ago

They had to cut the line somewhere...

Id row
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1 year ago

I bet these numbnuts eventually flunked out of hair dressing school.

Debrina Blackmoon
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1 year ago

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Mimi M
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1 year ago

Some of these are pretty amazing.

Ula
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1 year ago

This is sad

Phantom Captain
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1 year ago

I think you should lay off the hairspray...

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

This I believe.

Roberto Durante
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1 year ago

sure blonde hairdressers, just joking!!!!

Mary Tonningsen
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1 year ago

Spoken by blond hairdressers, no doubt! (Hey, I can say it - I'm blond!) :)

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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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