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

TD Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

and now they're bringing another genius into the world. i am very afraid.

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Hope Floats
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1 year ago

I "think" sex is responsible here...Not a king sized bed....But that's just a guess....

Peta_C
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1 year ago

Nope. All about the bed.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Whose the father, your partner or the king bed?

Daria B
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1 year ago

Behold! The birth of bed royalty! Will it be a prince or a princess bed? ♥

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

Plot twist: she is pregnant with twins

Monday
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1 year ago

Totally the hotel's fault...everyone knows you can ONLY get pregnant in a king bed.

Kristy P
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1 year ago

Because you can't have unprotected sex on a twin bed!

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

Here's an idea...don't have sex. And if you can't resist the urge to have sex..I believe that most hotels have vending machines and counter service that can provide condoms......

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

I can introduce you to several people that biologically confirm the countermeasure doesn't work against stupidity

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Terri Zagst
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1 year ago

Oh god and they have a kid now

jamie1707
Community Member
1 year ago

I think self control (or lack of) caused her to fall pregnant.

Laugh Fan
Community Member
1 year ago

I've had the reverse - got twin beds that were on different sides of the room (so couldn't be pushed together). That was disappointing.

Ieva Nura
Community Member
8 months ago

There are no beds that can't be pushed together ;)

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Loretta
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1 year ago

I feel already sorry for the child.

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha, too late- they already reproducing.

Rebecca Owens
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! Humans have evolved to become even MORE stupid!

Smiley Rie
Community Member
1 year ago

There are people that genuinely (apparently) think the Earth is flat and everything is a massive conspiracy... this is just another facet of the same stupidity

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Karen Dyer
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1 year ago

New way to not get pregnant book a room with twin beds, never get pregnant if both sleep in twin beds. Go ahead take the hotel to court, I would like to see how far you get in suing the hotel.

Viviane Katz
Community Member
1 year ago

Not sure what's sadder: someone uses a gap between narrow beds as birth control or the fact that someone couldn't be bothered having sex because of separate beds.

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

Only the bed knows.

louis porter
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe the woman slipped and accidentally fell on the guy, who accidentally slipped inside her.

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, I've had it. I'm not reading another one. BP, this series SUCKS! It's so lame it's not even FUNNY anymore!

Ben Churchill
Community Member
1 year ago

What. In. The. Hell???

Maya Baggins
Community Member
1 year ago

He masturbated, her pu.ssy touched that spot of the sheets... yup, a completely logical complain...

Kobitka-artworks Tumblr
Community Member
1 year ago

wait..... what?

BramTheBlackpoolFan
Community Member
6 months ago

Jesus Wept....

Chaimae Mesbahi
Community Member
8 months ago

Evil evil hotel

Milda Mockūnaitė
Community Member
8 months ago

Please do not reproduce... The world doesn't need more morons...

Claudia Gross
Community Member
8 months ago

Morons

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
10 months ago

Suuuure. The only thing that could prevent you from getting pregnant was separate beds. Hmmm.

Belandriel
Community Member
1 year ago

There are certain levels of stupidity that make me want to hit people in the face as hard as I can.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 year ago

Condoms and control, man!

Justgail Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

I believe this happened. Entitled people can place responsibility for any thing on some one else.

Warren Cancilla
Community Member
1 year ago

clearly muricans

Norman van Druten
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel stupider already, just reading this.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 year ago

hahahahhahahahaha... cock blocked by twin beds, watch the gap.

Rebekah
Community Member
1 year ago

I hear ya! I get into a king-sized bed, and dammitall if that penis doesn't just slip right in every time. It's a travesty.

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, gosh, a trunk again?!

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
1 year ago

oof moron

Yannick Bouret
Community Member
1 year ago

oportunist

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah right...

Creative Username
Community Member
1 year ago

ABSTINENCE IS A CHOICE

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

Like a teenagers.

Anonymous
Community Member
1 year ago

now what, your gonna get an abortion or put the kid up for adoption? or are you gonna call him/her a mistake. they should name their child: Ami Stake

JV
Community Member
1 year ago

With fiancée written in the feminine form, I really wonder how that happened...

Iceroyalmilktea
Community Member
1 year ago

damn, the bed impregnated her?

Ana Miranda @ Lisbon, Portugal
Community Member
1 year ago

Next time he should try to sleep at the balcony. It will keep him fresh

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
1 year ago

Really? I truly pity your child, and hope it is blessed with a few more brain cells. It is never the stupid people who suffer, but everyone around them...

Lisa Shaw
Community Member
1 year ago

The bed made you pregnant, so sue the bed!

Elie Georges
Community Member
1 year ago

She rolled around while sleeping and landed on his.....

Oscar Guerrero
Community Member
1 year ago

This has to be a joke...

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

Haa, your booking was not include condoms, bad service!

Leekun
Community Member
1 year ago

''We're so sorry for the mistake. Of course we will re-reimburse you. And we will even add in a free pair of scissors. Just cut your husbands nuts off and we promise it won't happen again''

Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm laughing so hard I'm crying!!

未周 陸
Community Member
1 year ago

To a Certain Degree, I can See WHY! But, all the TV shows showing daddy and mommy sleeping on Separate beds also had KID(S) in the show ...... How about THAT?!

Wenya Wang
Community Member
1 year ago

your choice

Diana Crawford
Community Member
1 year ago

The fought is yours for not taking birth control and using a condom ….I feel so bad for the future of these people blood line seriously I do...

Tinley's Aunt
Community Member
1 year ago

Since fiancee is the female form, and you are the one who is pregnant, I call that an immaculate conception. Congratulations. Bed size is proven innocent.

Susan Mann
Community Member
1 year ago

Sometimes I wonder if things like this were submitted as a joke.

Laura Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

Couldn't you have requested a board to put down the middle of the bed?

moeless
Community Member
1 year ago

There is no such charge as a "wrongful life." Despite what many at PP think.

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
1 year ago

How much are you expecting to be reimbursed $500,000?

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
1 year ago

Right I'll stop there, can't read anymore of this crap.

Bored Moogle
Community Member
1 year ago

You can choose not to have sex, even if you are sleeping in the same bed.

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Stupid.

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

This is beyond stoooooopid. Those flags were flying as he rode that horse hone and put it away wet. Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Horny couples don't get pregnant. King size beds knock up the bitch. Zip it and shit up.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, those twin beds are just the best damn contraceptive ever invented.

Annamay
Community Member
1 year ago

Mormons?

Nikki
Community Member
1 year ago

we fdecided to do the dirty... but it's your fault!

Lisa Mengucci
Community Member
1 year ago

Dear Lord.

bpanther
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh no... the genes have already passed on !!

Melinda Burge
Community Member
1 year ago

Please take one of our assorted embossed prophylactics?

CrazyCatLady
Community Member
1 year ago

* Mind blown*

Free Scotland
Community Member
1 year ago

People post fake or jokey reviews all the time. Many of these are fake.

Viviane Katz
Community Member
1 year ago

Abstinence-only sex ed?

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

The child of these too does not stand a chance.

Mary Jaye
Community Member
1 year ago

KING SIZED BEDS DON'T MAKE YOU PREGNANT.

mariantoniapd
Community Member
1 year ago

...Oh, dear.... so that means there's offspring...

Ghost_Recon_Waffle
Community Member
1 year ago

They're that weird couple who won't sleep together

Ghost_Recon_Waffle
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1 year ago

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Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

So are they saying that sex in twin beds would not have resulted in a pregnancy? Sheesh, they are in for some surprises.

elfin
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't think that's how pregnancies happen.

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 year ago

Hang on, her fiancee got her pregnant? But a fiancee is a woman, a fiance is a man.

Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 year ago

I -hope- she got fiancé and fiancée the wrong way round. Otherwise this is an entirely new level of stupid.

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Misterscooter
Community Member
1 year ago

Because with twin beds, the floor is hot lava and can't be crossed. That's it, right?

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

My head hurts.

Paula Dee
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

NanZ
Community Member
1 year ago

A lot of people sure do like to blame everyone else for their stupidity.

Candice Ravel
Community Member
1 year ago

These people need to be sterilized so their gene pool dries up. It's probably pretty shallow as it is.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

Please let this be a joke???

Linda
Community Member
1 year ago

So people get pregnant from a king bed and not from having sex? Wooow that's news to me...

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice try

Marzena Makarewicz Ptaszek
Community Member
1 year ago

She is right! With that kind of brain she should never reproduce.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

What, does she expect them to pay her hospital bill and 18 years of child support?

Schrödinger's Dog
Community Member
1 year ago

It says "fiancee", and "I became pregnant". I'm sorry, but that is biologically impossible.

L McN
Community Member
1 year ago

HAHAHAHAHA oh i wish I could hold the hotel responsible, my kids would be so much cheaper to raise right?

David Glover
Community Member
1 year ago

right because you are less likely to get it on in with two separate beds.

🏳️‍🌈👻EmoExtreemo👻🏳️‍🌈
1 year ago

the only way to prevent getting pregnant is not having sex it is no one's fault

Peta_C
Community Member
1 year ago

Fair call.

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

my fiancée (with an E... so a girl)… I became pregnante… so 2 girls right? how she get pregnante again?

knittin' kitten
Community Member
1 year ago

If it's a hotel where I'm from the mattress could have done it. Do not blue light your hotel room you'll puke

Kryogen
Community Member
1 year ago

It's strange, "my fiancée" tells me it's a guy who's talking, but he became pregnant !? A belly beer maybe ?

María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

Many people cannot spell correctly even in their own language. I bet you anything this idiot cannot spell her own name properly. You've read the complaint, do you really think she has more than one spare neuron?

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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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