Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The joys of travel

International travel is so broadening, isn't it? Seeing new sights, sampling foreign cuisine, experiencing other cultures, meeting the inhabitants of far away places?

Well, maybe not, based on these comments received by Thomas Cook Holidays:
  • "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

  • "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons.

  • "I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time - this should be banned."

  • "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."

  • "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels."

  • "The beach was too sandy."

  • "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white."

  • "Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women."

  • "No one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled."

  • "There was no egg slicer in the apartment..."

  • "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."

  • "The roads were uneven."

  • "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It only took the Americans three hours to get home."

  • "I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends' three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller."

  • "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the accommodation'. We're trainee hairdressers - will we be OK staying there?"

  • "There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners now live abroad."

  • "We had to queue outside with no air conditioning."

  • "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."

  • "I was bitten by a mosquito, no-one said they could bite."

  • "My fiancĂ© and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."
Bon voyage.


  1. Hahahaha...hilarious first world problems! Suck it up, people! I love the hairdresser comment. Not the sharpest pencil in the box... :)

  2. Foreigners are way too foreign. And their sand is way too white. Everybody knows that.

  3. "Too many foreigners now live abroad" -- ain't that the truth! We are so egocentric.

  4. My wife and I were on a group tour in Russia back in 1971. This involved side trips by bus out into the country to see various points of interest. One of the other tourists, a banker's wife from Atlanta, complained loudly that she couldn't communicate with the bus driver because he spoke Russian. Lots of eyerolling from her fellow passengers. Some people want the adventure of foreign travel while enjoying all the familiar comforts of home.