20 Ridiculous Tourist Complaints

Published in the London Telegraph

1. A tourist at a top African game lodge overlooking a waterhole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel “inadequate”.

2. A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the a do not disturb sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.

3. “The beach was too sandy.”

4. A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.

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

6. “We bought ‘Ray-Ban’ sunglasses for five euros (£3.50) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.”

7. “No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.”

8. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home.”

9. “My fiance 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.”

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

11. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the accommodation’. We’re trainee hairdressers – will we be OK staying here?”

12. “There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners.”

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

14. “We had to queue outside with no air conditioning.”

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

16. “I was bitten by a mosquito – no-one said they could bite.”

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

18. “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.”

19. “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.”

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

10 Responses to “20 Ridiculous Tourist Complaints”

  1. August 5, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    Some of those really are unbelievable.

  2. August 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    My favorites have to be 8 and 9. Heh. I’m more startled and aghast than amused at the ones that involve some cultural insensitivity and ignorance (like 18 and 19), but most just involve flat out stupidity, which is (mostly) funny.

  3. Ghazal
    August 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm #


    Ghazala Khan

  4. August 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    Those are really funny. Makes you wonder if they even think before they speak!

  5. November 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    I know it’s no where near as good as you interesting posts here but let me at least give you a smile as a form of thanks for your hard work writing this stuff?
    off topic but hey you smile 🙂 Grow your own Dope – Plant a Politician.

  6. April 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    I notice that there’s no where on your site, to where others can subscribe to your updated posts.can u comment back, letting myself, as well as other know where to subscribe exactly

  7. Robert
    December 14, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Makes me ashamed to have been born in England. Then again it’s probably not just the Brits and Americans that make stupid comments.
    My favourite is #1. Whole new meaning to the Elephant in the room.


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