A September survey from Thomas Cook and the Association of British Travel Agents exposed 20 of the most ridiculous (and dumb) complaints by recent vacationers. Below are the republished actual complaints received by “Thomas Cook Vacations” from dissatisfied UK customers (as per their webpage, “Thomas Cook is the UK’s biggest and most popular provider of package tours providing “affordable and accessible” holidays”):

1. “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

2. “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.”

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

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

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

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. “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

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

19. “My fiancé 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.”

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

21. “While staying at the Game Lodge overlooking a water hole, we spotted a visibly aroused elephant. The sight of the animal ruined my honeymoon by making me feel inadequate.”


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