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. ♥

Vic
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1 year ago

😂😂 people are turning around and looking at me..

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
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1 year ago

Sub-par resort. Most good 5-star resorts feature their wide selection of Mosquitoes on the front of the glossy brochure.

J Doe
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1 year ago

I was in Kansas City and didn't know there would be tornadoes until the winds rain hail and sirens were going off...

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Molly E
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1 year ago

Maybe they are friends with the people who think the beach is "too sandy"!

Frozengeckolover
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10 months ago

Nah. They need to get together with the one whose kids got scared by the fish.

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Carol Emory
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1 year ago

Maybe it was written by mosquitos to lure you into their trap...Bwahahahaha!

Chyppa Homer
Community Member
1 year ago

Did it say anything about dumbasses wondering the streets ? :D

Max L.
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1 year ago (edited)

Obviously an attorney.

María Hermida
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1 year ago

😄😄😄😄😄😄

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

What if it did, I wonder?

Gloria M
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1 year ago

The mosquitoes were on holiday too.

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
1 year ago

Did the brochure neglect to mention the clinically insane must have supervision ?

Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

Outrageous!! I hope they mentioned air! Or you might have held your breath till you got back!

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

they didn't mention the ants too

BramTheBlackpoolFan
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6 months ago

Did the mosquito mention brochures?

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
10 months ago

This person should steer clear of Alaska. The mosquito is the unofficial state bird. They are huge! And numerous!

catnip
Community Member
11 months ago

and I'm sure the didn't mention global warming either but it's still there.

3xtr3m3
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, and by the way, a 'special guest' will be joining us today. This 'creature' likes biting. Don't mind him

John Bennick
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1 year ago

When we went on our honeymoon we had no idea we would meet so many idiots. The brochure never mentioned idiots.

Bettye McKee
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1 year ago

Obviously you didn't read the fine print.

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my Lord!

Anonymous
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1 year ago

ok, who has an iq of -100

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty sure that mosquito was with you when you landed.

Makayla Bolton
Community Member
1 year ago

mosquitoes are a bit of a given anywhere

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
1 year ago

BZZZT! Whoa!! Look! An imported cholesterol burger!! GET OUT OF MY WAY!!!

Steve Barker
Community Member
1 year ago

Sorry, ma'am, we will correct that in the next printing.

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

mosquito also take vacation, you know

Leekun
Community Member
1 year ago

You should be happy. Being bitten by an endangered species is a rare phenomenon. Not everyone get's to experience that (Lilo and Stitch reference)

Wenya Wang
Community Member
1 year ago

the brochure did not mention oxygen.

Nicole F
Community Member
1 year ago

That's because they can't read

Maggie Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

Those damn brochures! What to do, what to do?!

Taryn Wallace
Community Member
1 year ago

Hopefully they got West Nile and won't be with us much longer...

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

The ones that buzz don't bite. So if it's quiet you're going to itch. And get malaria.

Annamay
Community Member
1 year ago

Be careful! It's a jungle out there!

Nikki
Community Member
1 year ago

oh my god, i bet it also didn't say that the air in the atmosphere contains oxygen!?

CrazyCatLady
Community Member
1 year ago

* Swats the mosquito with the brochure*, here... problem solved ;)

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

The mosquitoes paid for their holiday too.

Mary Jaye
Community Member
1 year ago

AND THE MOSQUITOES DID NOT READ ABOUT YOU IN THEIR BROCHURE EITHER. THEY CAN VACATION TOO, THAT IS UNFAIR OF YOU.

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

I got bitten by mosquitoes this week and I didn't leave home.

Sandy Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

Then don't bug the mosquitoes! BTW, those little bitey things were there before you were. Gesh!

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

I dare say they brought the mosquito with them.

Marina
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Now this is truly upsetting. Such dishonesty! 😣

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I weep for humanity.

Shadow
Community Member
1 year ago

Mosquitos are everywhere

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

THIS IS DUMB. It's like saying the brochure didn't mention FLIES either.

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

was there sand?

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Niito
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1 year ago

Never thought I'd empathyze with a mosquito...

Philip Strickland
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this real I can't believe this stupidity

Minnie-me
Community Member
1 year ago

uh-oh

SweetCee
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm surprised you can read....

FunkyChicken09
Community Member
1 year ago

Mosquitoes r WILD creature

Emily
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, you can't blame them for doing their job, they're just filtering out the entitled ones.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

Because it should go without saying.

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

UGH, really...Brochures are not going to mention every little detail about there being bugs or any other non important stuff. Everywhere you go, no matter if it is in the US or another part of the world there are bugs outside.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

If they said "Expect tons of mosquitoes" on the brochure, that might hurt sales. Lol

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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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