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

Randy Dhuyvetter
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1 year ago

Never uderestimate stupid peoples' capacity for stupidity.

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Carol Emory
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1 year ago

Here's a shocker...now make sure you brace yourself...You're actually the foreigner and they're the locals...AAAAHHHHHHH!!!

Rowlie
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1 year ago

Spanish people in Spain eating Spanish food speaking Spanish- shocking!

Calypso poet
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1 year ago

Sounds wonderful to me and I don’t speak Spanish!

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Bill
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1 year ago

"I wanted to expose the kids to European culture but whenwe got to Spain everyone was speaking Mexican"

Claudia
Community Member
1 year ago

Bitch you're the foreigner

Thomas Duncan
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1 year ago

Comment left by Donald Trump, President of the United States of 'Murica.

Sol Vetland
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1 year ago

I wouldn't be surprised, I know fellow Norwegians who spend months down in Spain without learning Spanish and complain that the locals doesn't know Norwegian... A lot of entitlement in some people!

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 year ago

Costa del Sol in Spain has an entire community called “Little Finland” . I’m very curious to know whether they have learned Spanish...

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 year ago

No me digas! (Translation: You don’t say!?) I honestly don’t think I can roll me eyes back any further in my head. If they wanted everyone to speak in English they should have gone to Mallorca...

Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

No no no Mallorca is officially part of Germeny! ;) thats a joke from Germany because so many Germans go there

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Seriously, this is ridiculous.

Bored Moogle
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1 year ago

You're in their country, YOU'RE the foreigner.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

Spanish people? in SPAIN?! *gasp* Absolutely horrifying!

Ivan Aguilar
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1 year ago

Every Trump supporter on their first abroad vacation...

N G
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahh British tourists aboard, Spain has been the destination of choice for cheap holidays in the Sun, and a few destinations are full of a certain type of English person.

L McN
Community Member
1 year ago

Uhm, YOU are the foreigner....

🏳️‍🌈👻EmoExtreemo👻🏳️‍🌈
1 year ago

breaking news: you are the foreigner

Ben Steinberg
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1 year ago

I was watching a spring break special with a friend -- it took place in a town in Mexico, right over the boarder, very popular with the spring break crowd. They interviewed this person, and she said, on camera, 'this place is great, except that there are too many Mexicans here...'. I'm NOT kidding. We laughed SO hard. What a moron.

Roald v2
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1 year ago

That's why i want to fly cargoplanes instead of planes with tourists.

Wanda Queen
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1 year ago

10/10 American Trump supporter

MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

i bet american said that, it's ridiculous

Debrina Blackmoon
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1 year ago

idiots love to generalize, huh?

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Shirley Heyn
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1 year ago

I can't even come up with a comment for this. . .

Abbas Fahmy
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1 year ago

And then ... these people are allowed to breed !!!

James Floyd
Community Member
1 year ago

I live in Japan and I hate when people use "foreigner" even to describe others (including locals) when they go abroad. I'm thinking, "Bitch, you're the foreigner!"

Lauri foss
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1 year ago

I live in Missouri, oh I beg to differ on stupid people!

Phantom Captain
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1 year ago

It's sad that we have people out there like this...I'm utterly baffled.

Letizia Mariani
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1 year ago

Sadly this is true. A couple from the UK made this complaint.

Bojan Brakovic
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1 year ago

I guess .. They're not from the East for sure

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Zan
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1 year ago

This isn't your normal level of stupidity it's boss level of stupidity

StinkyMonkey
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1 year ago

I lived in the Gambia when I was little, and you wouldn't believe the amount of times we heard people exclaim: "omg look at all the black people, you'd think we were in Africa!"

varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Let's just hope these idiots never leave home anymore.

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
1 year ago

Come on! Is this a joke?

Stacie Sterling
Community Member
1 year ago

My husband was disappointed by the scarcity of good meatballs in Rome. They didn't taste like Chef Boy R Dee.

Maggie Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

Can you say "clueless"?

Ed Martin
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1 year ago

I can believe this is real as this is the Age of trumpturd which is the age of ignorance, bigotry, illeteracy and stupidity beyond imaginations. Woe is us lasting much longer as the human race. The sooner we are gone the better Mother Earth will be. Ed

Mike Procaccini
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1 year ago

Your next trip should be to Greenland where everything is lush and Green, of course!!!

Diana Crawford
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1 year ago

Let me be kind ….I am not going to say the race of these travelers. But, let me assume these travelers are white people or people from America. These travelers hated education so much that they failed Geography and History. These travelers know no other civilization on the planet earth but English speaking Americans and became shocked when they found out the world is actually bigger then they were told by their limited minded parents. Now, this is me being kind.

WaffleFryLife
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1 year ago

is it bad that i kindof want to hear you letting completely loose and throwing kindness out the window...? yes?

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Suz-Anne SEUSS
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1 year ago

Heard this a lot while stationed in Europe...they live among us

Linda Sellers
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1 year ago

What in the he** is wrong with this person??????????? Wow.

Nikki
Community Member
1 year ago

this has to be some type of joke, but my faith in humanity is so low that i am willing to believe this.

Doris Peressin
Community Member
1 year ago

Get a life and adapt yourself to local habits

ptm45
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1 year ago

YOU are the effing foreigner!

Viviane Katz
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1 year ago

Dagnabbit, why does Spain let in so many foreigners?! Oh wait...

Anne M Sim
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1 year ago

I heard the same complaint of tourists in China. Too many Chinese there!

Harleen
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1 year ago

Wait, they didn't build Spain just for tourists?! :O

Debrina Blackmoon
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1 year ago

so, the NATIVES are "foreigners"?! LMAO

Karen Lees
Community Member
1 year ago

Confused?!?. They went TO Spain and thought Spanish people wouldn't speak the native language? How absurd!!

FunkyChicken09
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1 year ago

IKR I bet they r just acting like this to get noticed 😂

jo_shortland
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG

Akash GG
Community Member
1 year ago

Guess that at the moment they'll die the average IQ of the world would show a sudden increase...

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
1 year ago

Such people should get a life time travel ban

Ana Miranda Lisbon - Portugal
Community Member
1 year ago

Spanish people speaking spanish at Spain are a lot, really! Lots of spanish food don't need ketchup, trust me. LOL

Lisa Shaw
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone should enlighten them and explain that in Spain they are the "foreigners"!

Sandy Light
Community Member
1 year ago

Bahahahahahah

Ann Maunder
Community Member
1 year ago

I can believe it!

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok, that’s really stupid. Not a hint of funny.

Taryn Wallace
Community Member
1 year ago

We are doomed as a species...at some point aliens or god will get tired of our selfish bullshit and wipe us out so they can start over...

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

Stay home next time. Eat wonder bread with ketchup. Live it up. Travel with Trump. Talko like thiso. Or just talk real loud. You know how deafo those furreners are. You were a quest in another country assholo. Act like it.

Patricia Posito
Community Member
1 year ago

Wanna bet?

Robyn Wilson
Community Member
1 year ago

They can be that stupid..years ago read one where an American went to German..complained not enough American stuff

Cathy Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

This reminds me of a review for a lovely hotel in Barranquilla, Colombia, written by someone in English, who commented something along the lines that the hotel staff did not speak English. Ya think? They speak SPANISH in Colombia! I mean, I understand it's a decent hotel with many internationals, but still... SMH

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

And no one told Spain that the tourists had undergone a lobotomy.

Candice Lewis
Community Member
1 year ago

Please please please tell me this isn't real! I'll be right back. I need to wipe out the human race right now lol

캉 홍빈
Community Member
1 year ago

I refuse to believe that people can be this dumb, there's no way

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

Um....

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

OH MY GOD, really??????????????????

Sunniva Jønsson
Community Member
9 months ago

...you're the foreigners

KellyO
Community Member
9 months ago

i use this as a 'grandpa joke' when I've traveled. not surprising someone really said this.

Kim Snoek-Stockham
Community Member
9 months ago

Sorry Kaisu. They really are!

Kim Snoek-Stockham
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh yes they can. They are Brits😂😂😂!

Mala Qiu
Community Member
9 months ago

I lived in Taiwan for many years, and so I learned to speak Mandarin Chinese. One day I walked into the convenience store near home that I regularly visited, and the lovely girl who worked there was almost in tears because she'd been berated by some foreign woman who was upset because the clerk didn't speak English. I was appalled and comforted the girl, wishing that rude woman were still around so I could tell her it was SHE who needed to learn Chinese, not the other way around.

Claudia Gross
Community Member
9 months ago

You are kidding. How stupid is one person allowed to be?

Bruno Cunha
Community Member
9 months ago

That's beyond stupid

Roseann Beintema
Community Member
9 months ago

I can't believe that people are this clueless

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
10 months ago

I have traveled to countries without speaking the language. I prefer to have someone with me as a translator, but I have managed without one. I don't expect other people to speak English for me and I love trying new foods from other countries. Food and music is part of the fun of travelling. If you don't like trying new things, please keep your stupid self at home.

3xtr3m3
Community Member
1 year ago

So there was this news article that said 'There might actually be a very stupid person alive' and this guy read it and said 'ooh, he might be me!'

Foxyloxylou
Community Member
1 year ago

Eu fui para a América há alguns anos e havia muitos americanos. Comida americana, todo mundo falava inglês, era horrível, ninguém me avisou! (não se preocupe, eu realmente não quero dizer isso)

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Stupid does as stupid is !!!

Laura M D
Community Member
1 year ago

How did my comment did this? I see it under every other comment... Sorry.

Phil T
Community Member
1 year ago

Ken M, or Ken M wannbe, for sure

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow..... Just. .... wow....

Jennifer Brekke
Community Member
1 year ago

All of my ^ are upvotes for stupidity level :D

Warren Cancilla
Community Member
1 year ago

In school I read a 1920's New York Times article where the author tried to explain what was wrong with world politics; "In spain, they call it 'agua', Italians 'acqua', the french say 'eau', and Germans say 'Wasser'. What's wrong with them? don't they understand it's all the same thing. It's water?..."

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 year ago

hahahahahahahahaahahhha

Silvia Jafet
Community Member
1 year ago

T h i s i s n o t r e a l!

Smiley Rie
Community Member
1 year ago

Having stood in a money exchange queue in France behind some passengers from my Cruise ship complaining that "the exchange staff were just being difficult speaking French and they could totally speak English if they wanted to", I am sad to say that there are truly people this ignorant

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
1 year ago

woa stupidity

William Teach
Community Member
1 year ago

It was most likely a joke

Miomirko Buhtlić
Community Member
1 year ago

Almost 8 billion people. You'll see everything.

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

And this person got on a plane? Amazing!

Anonymous
Community Member
1 year ago

ok, this is fake right?

Ellie Mae
Community Member
1 year ago

Rahahaha. What a dumbass

katt
Community Member
1 year ago

Sadly, I say on an almost a daily basis: — "There's a lot of stupid out there" —

Sue Hubbard
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s exactly what my dad said the first time he went. He just didn’t get the fact HE was the foreigner!

Evripidou Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

Eric Cartman, is that you?

de' leendha
Community Member
1 year ago

guess he/she is just joking

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
1 year ago

what's a joke of a joke...!

TC
Community Member
1 year ago

An English woman said...

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL no pasa nada chico, no te preocupes, es normal en España.LOL nothing happens boy, do not worry, it's normal in Spain.

Eric Forster
Community Member
1 year ago

You do know you were in Spain?

Lisa Widmer
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf

Mary Jaye
Community Member
1 year ago

YES THIS ONE IS EITHER STUPID OR PRETENDING TO BE STUPID.

M. Bo
Community Member
1 year ago

There was a similar complaint by Norwegians who went to Eastern Europe on vacation, and they complained there were only Eastern Europeans, and it was in the newspapers not only in Norway, but other countries as well.

Guglielmo Marconi
Community Member
1 year ago

For many northern european tourists, south countries, like Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, etc, are considered amusement parks. I found a couple in Algarve (south Portugal) thinking they were in Spain (it was the 90's and Euro was not a thing yet).

Debby Ledbette
Community Member
1 year ago

Doncha' hate it when that happens?.... ???

Katie Dempsey
Community Member
1 year ago

How can people actually be this stupid

rachel carter
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this person serious!? Wow if so please just don't leave your house

Marzena Makarewicz Ptaszek
Community Member
1 year ago

...and the 1st prize of stupidity goes to "THE STUPID"

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

Come on, this has got to be a joke, literally facetious.

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
1 year ago

uhhh WHAT?

Vertigo
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh? Then what about in the U.S?

Wlle Leitz
Community Member
1 year ago

I can speak a little Japanese - Sony, Honda, Kawasaki,Suzuki, Mistzubitch...

Jennyne Pinter
Community Member
1 year ago

No way. Not buying it.

Lacey Heward
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha! Must be an American!

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

STFU-not all are stupid! they are EVERYWHERE, asshat

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Laura Zaini
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1 year ago

this can't be true

Ed Souza
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1 year ago

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Obvious troll

Sonka
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1 year ago

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calling BS on this one ...

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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

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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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