There is no pleasing some and some travellers are determined not to be pleased at all. Tourists tend to be analytical of location, fellow travellers, food, weather; well, everything in fact.
Visitors to Paris are likely to be peeved at the famous capital losing some of its lustre after dark. The city fathers are receiving dark looks from businesses after considering turning off lights illuminating public buildings, shops and offices. The not so bright idea is to save energy and reflect sobriety. Not much to reflect on there other than other French towns and cities being advised to follow the example of their capital. There is a sunny side up. Holidaymakers are prone to complain about the silliest things. The Daily Telegraph recently listed some of them:
“We had to queue outside with no air conditioning.”
“There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners.”
“I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”
“I was bitten by a mosquito. No one said they could bite.”
“It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”
“We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white.”
“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.”
“The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the accommodation’. We’re trainee hairdressers. Will we be OK staying here?”
“I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends’ three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller.”
“My fiancé 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.”
“It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home.”
“No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.”
“We bought Ray-Ban sunglasses for five euros (£3.50) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.”
“Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women.”
A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. It was pointed out that the soup he was complaining about was in fact gravy.
“The beach was too sandy.”
A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in by staff. She had mistaken the “do not disturb” sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.
A tourist at an African game lodge overlooking a waterhole spotted a sexually aroused elephant. He then complained that the sight of the rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel “inadequate”.
“We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.”
“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.”
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