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?

Monday
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait? The beach was sandy and the sea was wet? Never going there ever again!

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Herb Eaversmells
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1 year ago

Sun to shiny?

Kjorn
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1 year ago

the Wind are too windy

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

people are too human

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Sorry the beach isn’t concrete 🙄

Phantom Captain
Community Member
1 year ago

And the sun was hot? and everyone was loud?

Brian Irby
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere

Sebastian Melmoth
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah hahaha...every time I hear of sand complaints, I immediately think of that Anakin Skywalker line

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Minnie-me
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1 year ago

damn beaches and their unruly sand.

Emily
Community Member
1 year ago

well... It is a beach... you can sweep it yourself if you think its sandy...

Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Well done, You survivors

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
1 year ago

I know that sucks!! We took a mud bath and didn't know we had to clean ourselves after that either!!

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
1 year ago

yes and the ice in my drink although refreshing was hard as ice!!!

Molly E
Community Member
1 year ago

Can someone explain to me what they were expecting in the first place?

Ivy D
Community Member
1 year ago

BIRDS TOO FLAPPY

Molly E
Community Member
1 year ago

Beach too sandy, soup to thick. I think some people just live under rocks.

Schrödinger's Dog
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF? It was a SANDY BEACH??? How is this possible???

Phantom Captain
Community Member
1 year ago

And the sun was hot?

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
2 months ago

Did Chump post this review?

Chaimae Mesbahi
Community Member
1 year ago

And wasn't the water also too salty and you had to wash everything also !

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

Bitch, please! You aren't suppose to clean everything when you get back to your room. That sand belongs in your pockets, hair, beach bag, butt crack now. It belongs there until it naturally gets washed/brushed away during normal heygene routines! If you're lucky, you will find some of it, years later, when you pull your old beach bag out of the garage.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Some people live up the mountain, never saw sand in their life !!!

Cindy Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

Whhaaaaat! Too sandy, good grief

Ayasophya Alturas
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1 year ago

..the sun was hot

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
1 year ago

So you prefer a pebble beach, with nice little sharp pebbles... Of course...

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

It was good that the sun came down, no?

Anonymous
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1 year ago

...and the water was too wet, also there was too much fish in the ocean that we couldn't swim comfortably. The person might as well add this to their comment

Makayla Bolton
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1 year ago

and the air was too airy

Shoto Todoroki
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm guessing the sun was too sunny as well?

Janine Randall
Community Member
1 year ago

...and the sun was hot?

Lisa Shaw
Community Member
1 year ago

Damn, who'd have thunk that the beach would have sand!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

yep that happen sometime

Maggie Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

You mean the "sand" was too sandy?

Diana Crawford
Community Member
1 year ago

Play in the dirt and the dirt shall follow. I thought the knowledge of the fact that dirt clings was from a normal beginning like water does soak.

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

Wrap yourself in shrink seasoned shrink wrap. The kind they wrap pallets and stuff within. If nothing else you should be done by happy hour. Just remember to unwrap a little before you leave to get crispy.

Linda Sellers
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't take much more of these. OMG

Wlle Leitz
Community Member
1 year ago

Don''t make love on the beech, she'll get sand in her Schlitz...

Annamay
Community Member
1 year ago

That was my biggest complaint too!

Nikki
Community Member
1 year ago

huh. you don't say??

Ashley Say Whaat?!?
Community Member
1 year ago

And we got sunburns from the sun being too sunny! No one told us we needed sunscreen. 10/10 would never recommend, couldn't get any service for some beverages either. Never saw one, single employee!!!

Missy Barton
Community Member
1 year ago

Anakin Skywalker wrote this

Doris Peressin
Community Member
1 year ago

...so you want a beach without sand? Then go to rocks

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
1 year ago

The hotels can't get good help these days. You tell them to be sure to sweep all the sand off the beach every morning, and they always do a lousy job of it....

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
1 year ago

At least it wasn't covered in plastic pollution...

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing worse than sand that is sandy. The nerve!

Ghost_Recon_Waffle
Community Member
1 year ago

Well NAH

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

Too much air?

Harleen
Community Member
1 year ago

Are you offering to sweep it.....?

Cindy Dion
Community Member
1 year ago

Get it out of all your cracks

Jonathan Reiter
Community Member
1 year ago

The beach was sandy, and I gather the water was a bit too wet for your liking, eh?

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I bet the sun was so bright that you couldn't even look right at it either. Someone should turn it down a bit.

Noel Benavente
Community Member
1 year ago

Either this is a joke or it was their first time ever at the beach

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

Was the Sun way too hot for you too?

Jamie King
Community Member
1 year ago

Anakin?

Leo H
Community Member
1 year ago

And the sun was warm

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

Ohhh Bored Panda, this has got to be one of the worst series you've done in quite a while. These quotes are really dumb!

Loretta
Community Member
1 year ago

Anakin, is that you??

Klaudiia Sherbatzky
Community Member
1 year ago

OOFFFFF

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

takes all kinds to make the world go around.

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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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