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Tourists’ most bizarre complaints

Monday, September 10, 2012

IN HIS continuing search for the weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says Britain’s Thomas Cook and the Association of British Travel Agents have compiled a list of their countrymen’s more bizarre complaints.

Howlers include one British honeymooner, who on return home, complained to his travel agent that his honeymoon had been ruined – because he’d been left feeling inadequate after confronting the sight of an “aroused” elephant.

Another complained about the seaside holiday spot that had been recommended to him because “the beach was too sandy”, while a couple was upset to discover fish swimming in the sea.

"No one told us there would be fish in the sea,” the wife said. “The children were startled.”

And it seems some travellers also have a lot to learn about other aspects of nature. "I was bitten by a mosquito – no one said they could bite," one traveller wrote to his travel agent.

Then there was the British guest dining at a Novotel hotel in Australia who complained his soup was too thick and strong. The waiter pointed out that it was the gravy for his main course.

And one young lady even blamed a hotel for her pregnancy. "My fiance and I booked a twin-bedded room, but we were placed in a double-bedded room,” she wrote to her agent. “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."

Other complaints included “There are too many Spanish people in Spain” and that a holiday was spoiled because “too much curry is served in restaurants in India”.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
-SEVEN- 10/28/2012 9:32PM

    This is great! emoticon

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INFLATED 10/4/2012 8:02AM

    Someone could have made some money selling "diet" water to these people.

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CHEFKATLEANER 9/12/2012 4:22PM

    Oh my. *lol*

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ADRIENALINE 9/12/2012 3:49PM

    Funny stuff.

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PEACEJENN 9/12/2012 3:34PM

    emoticon Oh my, people are so not smart!!! They got pregnant because they weren't booked in a twin bedded room, oh come on people!!!! LMAO!!!!

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LITTLEWIND53 9/12/2012 1:50PM

    typical. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLMOM2 9/11/2012 9:31PM


It takes all kinds to make the world go around! emoticon

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KAUAI-CAROLANN 9/11/2012 6:57PM

    I'm in the tourism industry here on Kauai and have similar stories....these made me crack up laughing!

Mahalo for posting this!

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PEGGYO 9/11/2012 6:41PM


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JUDYBUGS 9/11/2012 3:06PM

    Gosh, is this silly or what! emoticon

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PYNETREE 9/11/2012 9:24AM

    Takes all kinds....LOL!

Thanks for sharing!

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BESEVEN 9/11/2012 9:19AM


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GOANNA2 9/11/2012 6:38AM

    Oh Lordy! emoticon

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*MADHU* 9/11/2012 6:05AM

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BARBARASDIET 9/10/2012 10:39PM


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DESERTDREAMERS 9/10/2012 10:36PM

    OMG, I can just see some people I know saying some of these things!

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PHEBESS 9/10/2012 10:07PM

    Oh my - these people either need to get out more, or just stay home!

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MARYELLEN301 9/10/2012 8:36PM

    Having worked 11 years for a major airline, I can assure you we all have our stories! Flying across the International Date Line or going from one time zone to another on a short flight where you arrive before you depart is another that is always a head banger!

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MORNINGSONG1 9/10/2012 8:11PM

    Love the witty and simple things you present in your blog. It is very entertaining and highlights the wonders of travel in a pleasing light.

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