Wednesday, September 27, 2023


19 dumb complaints from clueless tourists

Get ready to laugh, or at least shake your head in wonder at these actual complaints tourists made to Thomas Cook Vacations about their trip. While these are not related to RV travel, they illustrate a couple of things: 1. You cannot please everybody; and 2. Some people are stupid or, at the very least, clueless. Here are the complaints:

1. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

2. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”

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

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”

5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

7. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”

8. “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

10. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”

12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort.’ We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”

15. “When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”

16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

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

18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

19. “My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”



  1. I worked for a company that had locations in varied countries. So none of the above surprises me. One of my co-workers, after a work related trip to Costa Rica, complained that he never knew if the locals were talking about him.

    Insecure much?

  2. A few years ago, my wife and I attended a rally in Tennessee to see the total solar eclipse. We then took a few days to spend at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    We were talking with an older Park Ranger who asked if we were local, and told her about the rally. She replied, “I have to tell you what happened, and I PROMISE you this is a true story. A woman came in here last week absolutely livid. She wanted to know what in the world we were thinking, scheduling that eclipse on a weekday rather than on a weekend when more people were off work and could see it.”

  3. We were at Mount Rushmore a couple of weeks ago and I kid you not, a lady next to me said she thought the heads would be bigger than a few inches tall. We were at the viewing area way, way, way away from the sculpture. As I was inhaling to offer her “empathy”, my wife told me to shut up. My tongue still hurts from biting it……

  4. Reminds me of the old book by Art Linkletter, “Kids Say The Darndest Things!” There’s no way these opinions were offered up by adults, but more likely came from the mouths of spoiled, self-absorbed, preteen, children. Adults are expected to be more experienced, worldly, and aware than these whiny babies…

  5. Wow! I can hardly imagine how these many and extreme privations were survived. I guess many of these were forwarded by the estates of those who lacked the necessary genetic superiority and grim determination to survive in the face of such deprivation. Surely the mortality rate was high, given the extreme circumstances described. Yikes! 😎

  6. Unfortunately, this sort of thinking applies to many RV’ers. We are members of a small membership RV park on the CA coast with limited space but we often hear from a few that we need to build a swimming pool, that those of us who are retired go there too often. One has asked that we build a playground for her grandkids. Adding additional facilities would require the loss of the limited number of RV sites & undoubtedly higher gate & annual assessment fees not to mention the increased liability insurance costs to the park. The beach is but 450 steps away & there are two city parks with things for kids half that distance away from us so it’s not that there is little for kids to do here.

  7. I was standing in line to pay for my coffee at the truck stop right at the Nevada/Utah border on I-80. The folks in front of me were obviously not from the US. The cashier was asked what all that white stuff was out there. She replied that it was salt. The ‘tourist’ then asked, “Who put it there?”.

  8. Reminds me of when I was a campground host at a national park. A boy about 12 years old told me he was disappointed in me because I allowed bugs to get into his campsite.

  9. As much as I dislike Ron White’s style of comedy, he does make one very true statement, “You Can’t Fix Stupid”. If you’re ignorant you can be educated, but stupid, there’s no hope for you.

  10. Back in the day, the Eagles put out a tune, largely unnoticed, titled “Get Over It!” Between this article and the mainstream news, it occurs to me that we should make “Get Over It” our national anthem!

    • Never heard the song…but for a cliche of three little words, it sure packs a punch just in the title! A very appropriate prescriptive anthem to help cure what ails us! Thanks for sharing your idea!

  11. Rolling on the floor laughing my <ahem> off!

    In 1981 we took a cruise with a stop in the Bahamas. A group from the ship took the Nassau tour – 3 American middle-age elementary school teachers and my wife and I. The tour was listed as historic places. The 3-gals poked fun at traffic on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. They obviously cared little about Bahamian history. But they obviously enjoyed the residential gardens we passed. The tour operator took notice and made it a point to pass more gardens off his normal route. My wife and I sincerely doubt the 3-some even noticed what he did. And this is why the bumper sticker says “If it’s tourist season, why can’t we shoot them?”


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