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.

B
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1 year ago

Straight men (regardles of age) stare at boobs if they're on display. That's just a fact, even if some guys swear to their partners that they don't. Most guys try to do it discreetly so they're not noticed, but I agree that just plain ogling is uncool and makes the sunbather feel uncomfortable. As an aside, I find it massively uncool that guys can walk around topless all over the world but women are made to feel ashamed if they do it.

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

What else was he supposed to tell his wife?

He is love
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1 year ago

Ha ha I'm with you, I'm sure he didn't mind at all.

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Calypso poet
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1 year ago

A lot of men shouldn’t be topless at the beach. 🤢

Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Your husband's a perv, that's not the fault of the women sunbathing topless

Chris Mugea
Community Member
1 year ago

I think people use the term "perv" too loosely nowadays. If I see naked boobs I'll look. What's wrong with that? I'm not objectifying anybody, I'm not getting my willy out, I'm not cat-calling, just looking. Boobs are great, let them out and let me look at them. It is normal!

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Chyppa Homer
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1 year ago

So, where would this beach be ? Asking for a friend :D

CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 year ago

Could it be that the hubby couldn't relax because of the wife's incessant bitching? Just a guess.

Wil Vanderheijden
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1 year ago

Husband could have closed his eyes and relax, but the sight of unpixelated and unblurred breasts probably was more then he could handle. Book your next vacation somewhere in the Bible-belt. I'm sure your husband can relax there.

Molly Block
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1 year ago

Next time, get him a blindfold.

Mad Haberdasheress
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1 year ago

Ok, before I get buried in flames and downvotes, let me say that I agree this is a ridiculous complaint. However, if you have even a shred of social awareness, you know that while there is absolutely a way that things *should* happen (i.e. people should be able to sunbathe topless if they want to), the world we live in currently guarantees that will rarely happen. In certain areas where puritan values are less dominant, topless/nude sunbathing is going to happen, accept it and move on. To play devils advocate, if you are in an area where it is less socially accepted, you also have to be aware that you will likely be objectified/criticised if you choose to participate in such activities. Again, I am NOT saying that this is ok at all, but it is part of being an aware human being.

María Hermida
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1 year ago

I think the wife invented the whole complaint because the husband looked a couple of times and it made HER feel uncomfortable.

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TheExtremeSmell
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1 year ago

I’m usually topless at all beaches I go to. Letting my man nipples out for all to see. Children run and scream dogs Yelp and ladies faint at the sight.

My O My
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1 year ago

Couldn't relaxe from the waist down

mr toto
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1 year ago

he must have had nightmares after such horror

Giorgio Prodoti
Community Member
1 year ago

poor boy

Chris Angela
Community Member
1 year ago

Well ask him to relax his d***

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Go to another beach.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I honestly want to smack stupid women like this. I hope someone told the husband to stop being a creeper.

Valerie Gibson
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1 year ago

During orientation on my trip to the Bahamas, we were told "ladies if your husband is late coming back from the golf course, holes three and four overlook the nude beach".

Eric Lafleur
Community Member
1 year ago

Jealous because SHE gave him a hard on?

Milda Milda
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1 year ago

oh dear i think he enjoyed it :)

KellyO
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1 year ago

move seats......dummy. sheesh.

Hanzo Hattori
Community Member
1 year ago

I am her Husband, and oh yes I couldn't relax :D

Claudia Gross
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe he should be raised differently. Go home to your prude place where you live. For cgrists sake

Bogdan Constantin Dinu
Community Member
1 year ago

Reading the comments leaves me baffled. Women have the right to bathe topless but men should avert their gaze? Are you slow? Breats are still sren as a sexual component by either straight or gay... so if they can be out so can the penises and vaginas!

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
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1 year ago

hhahahahahahahahahhhahhah train your husband better.

Alex Craig
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1 year ago

Uhm yeah right

Justine Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

Where are these quotes coming from...?? I feel like someone just made them up

Slune
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1 year ago

I see the guy nonstop lying on his tummy,never wanted to go for a swim!!!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

yeah for sure, he also could close his eyes and fall in sleep

未周 陸
Community Member
1 year ago

Rapists' Defence?! Or the Toxic Female Syndrome?!

Laura Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

And I could tell he wasn't relaxed!

Diana Crawford
Community Member
1 year ago

Husband need not relax while watching others showing their nature self-when he is wearing swim wear. The relaxing will come, when the husband join the gathering and become nude.

Mike Procaccini
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1 year ago

If he closed his eyes which a lot of people do when laying on the beach he would be relaxing!!

Linda Sellers
Community Member
1 year ago

Yah, right.

Wlle Leitz
Community Member
1 year ago

You better keep him away from nudist colonies....

Annamay
Community Member
1 year ago

Can't touch this

Nikki
Community Member
1 year ago

then find a beach that is kid friendly and not a nude beach??

Barbar Stewart
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha haha haha

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 year ago

Tell him to just close his eyes!

Lysandre Elessa
Community Member
1 year ago

Second lady Pence ?

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey Harry, did you bring your tent?

Mary Jaye
Community Member
1 year ago

I THINK YOUR HUSBAND ENJOYED IT AND RELAXED MORE THAN YOU THINK AND YOU KNOW IT.

Esther Evans
Community Member
1 year ago

She's the one complaining...He probably didn't mind at all...LOL

Harleen
Community Member
1 year ago

I keep reading this in Hyacinth Bucket's voice

Bill
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't stare and don't carry a stack of ones around at the topless beach

Marzena Makarewicz Ptaszek
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahahaha....hahaha

Leo H
Community Member
1 year ago

Just be lucky noone pulled a boat bathsuit on you

Kim Mahood
Community Member
1 year ago

Lol. Gotta suck that belly in if there's tittays about 😋

Lacey Heward
Community Member
1 year ago

That's funny, considering he picked the beach. Haha!

Danielle Renee
Community Member
1 year ago

hahahahaha!!! oh yea, i'm sure he was super upset.

Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

Can you also please share the things you are allergic to? Yeah.. we need to get rid of it from Earth.

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

i'm allergic to idiots, so...

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Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

Right. He just wanted to relax. Sure.

Peta_C
Community Member
1 year ago

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh damn!!

Anonymous
Community Member
1 year ago

you sure he's not cheating on you?

Iceroyalmilktea
Community Member
1 year ago

I dont get the logic there. they have the right to dress however they want (or in this case, undress), but other people dont have the right to look in front if theres a topless woman there? I get that oogling is rude, but avoiding from looking at all is a tall demand. if someone is prepared to walk outside naked, at least be prepared of the views of people?

KT Trondsen
Community Member
1 year ago

LMAO

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
1 year ago

Sorry but if your boobs didn't look like pancakes you could have taken off your top too!!!

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll bet it was more distracting for the wife watching her husband go from zero to 60 in his speedos. Schwing!!!!

Karen Dyer
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1 year ago

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I bet they where at a nude beach.

Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
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1 year ago

They were at a beach. Many places in the world don't discriminate between men & women - both can go topless if they choose. Its not that big of deal for most well-adjusted people.

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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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