It’s often a good idea to stump up extra cash to buy fast pass tickets for theme parks and museums. Otherwise, visitors will spend a long time standing in lines waiting to experience rides or exhibits. It can be very frustrating so it’s worth paying the difference (via Love Exploring).
However, one couple in Florence ignored their travel agents’ advice. Then they dared to leave a negative review: “They complained that there were queues at the Uffizi and I should have told them… even though I had encouraged the client to pre-book the ‘skip the line’ tickets which I could do for him.” It seems like this couple wanted to save a few dollars but then realized they should have sprung to skip the lines. Then they decided to act as if they should have been told about it when their travel agent already did just that.
The Queen of England is one of the most respected people on the planet. People travel from across the world to stand outside Buckingham Palace with the hope of seeing her in the window. But one tourist didn’t buy into the hype and thought that the queen was wasting space.
He wrote: “What’s the point of traveling to England to stand outside of Buckingham Palace. You can’t go in. Is the queen so greedy she needs all 77,000 square meters and can’t show off one of the grandest palaces in the world? (via Londonist)” That’s just not how it works, and anyone paying that much of their hard-earned money to visit it should most likely know that.
When people see pictures of the Eiffel Tower, they immediately think of Paris. The iconic tower is one of the city’s most visible and famous symbols. However, one visitor had a negative reaction when he saw the landmark in reality. He wrote: “More like an awful tower.”
We admire the cheesy pun to some degree, at least) but it’s safe to say that most people disagree with this. French novelist Guy De Maupassant also hated the tower and sat in its restaurant every day because he didn’t want to look at it. That’s a unique way to solve the problem (via The Vintage Times).
Siena is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. It has everything that a visitor could wish to experience from beautiful architecture to delicious food. But one person didn’t appreciate this. She wrote: “There were far too many tourists and far too many Americans and British people.”
Naturally, she didn’t understand the irony of her comment because she was a tourist too. A tourist was complaining about too many tourists visiting the place where she was vacationing at. Oh, the irony. It’s funny how people don’t categorize themselves in the same way or consider the reality of their visit. Instead, she ruined her vacation through her pettiness (via FT).
Yellowstone is the most visited national park in the U.S. because of its dramatic landscapes and diversity of animals. People dream of seeing buffalo and bears in the wilderness. Many of them love the idea of experiencing the great outdoors and seeing wildlife in its natural habitat.
But not everybody. “We had to cut our trip short to Yellowstone because we were informed that they don’t cage the animals at night for our protection,” one reviewer wrote. Somehow we don’t think any of the grizzly bears will shed any tears about this reality. These complaining tourists probably taste bitter anyway (via News.com).
These days, most jars of peanut butter contain allergy warnings because there are a lot of stupid people out there. But it turns out that hot air balloons also require this type of label. One person complained about their fear of heights after experiencing a ride.
“There was no sign telling you that you shouldn’t get in a hot air balloon if you’re afraid of heights,” they complained (via Third Eye Story). We probably don’t need to tell you that getting into a hot air balloon is a bad idea if you’re afraid of heights, but these people needed it. The reality is that the balloon should have pushed them out and done the world a favor. It would have been a case of survival of the fittest.
London is one of the most famous cities in the world with many remarkable landmarks. However, one thing that it doesn’t have is proximity to the ocean. It is about 50 miles from the sea so it requires a lengthy train journey. “Our London hotel didn’t have an ocean view,” one reviewer wrote (via Medium).
This reality wouldn’t have come as a surprise if they ever looked at a map and had even a basic understanding of geography. It’s amazing how foolish some people are but they’re also shameless. There is no excuse for this unless their hotel booking lied to them and said that their hotel had a sea view.
Iglu Cruise is one of the biggest cruise ship operators in Europe. They have numerous massive ships that offer journeys of a lifetime in different areas of the globe. It takes a certain type of person to enjoy a cruise but not everybody enjoys it (via The Guardian).
Most people complain about boredom but these reviewers had a different reaction. They wrote: “We usually come off our cruises having put on at least a stone in weight. We’ve come off this holiday having put on nothing at all. It’s just not good enough.” These vacationers apparently thought that weren’t well-fed enough throughout their holiday, but that’s just not what a cruise is about.
It takes a lot of effort to get to Machu Picchu. First, people must travel across the world to Peru. Then they’ll hike through the wilderness to the famous ruins of the Incan city. Most visitors consider this to be a very spiritual experience and they embrace every aspect of it.
Nonetheless, there is always one moron who has a problem. One reviewer wrote: “It didn’t have Wi-Fi so I couldn’t upload my pictures to Instagram.” Maybe they were trolling but the reality is that people like this exist so it wouldn’t surprise us if it was true (via Chicago Tribune).
Rich white people love flying down mountainsides on fragile pieces of wood and they pay ridiculous sums of money to do just that around the world. Ski trips are the most common type of winter tourism and the lifeblood of many areas. It’s usually possible to take lessons before taking to the slopes for real. But some idiots didn’t realize that skiing was a key part of a skiing trip.
“We went on a skiing holiday but we weren’t informed that we would actually have to be able to ski,” they wrote. If this doesn’t make readers face-palm, we don’t know what will. It’s like going on a cruise without knowing that they’d be taking to the ocean (via The Chalet Company).
The reality is that England experiences about one day of actual sun per year. However, some tourists don’t realize that other countries have scorching temperatures. It shouldn’t surprise anybody that Mexico has higher temperatures than the Nothern European island.
But this still rocked one U.K. visitor to Mexico. He wrote: “I got sunburned. They should warn you that the sun is brighter in Mexico than it is in England. I would have worn sun cream if I knew.” Every film involving Mexico has scenes of the desert and cacti (via Tripadvisor).
Many European tourists travel to Spain for their vacations because they think it offers guaranteed sunshine. In reality, the country also suffers from rain. Yes, the summers are usually hot but rain may set in at inconvenient times. This is out of the control of any tourist company.
Typically, one reviewer didn’t accept this and criticized the weather. “It rained,” they wrote. “We didn’t know that it rained in Spain.” We don’t know if they wanted the tour operator to wave their magic wand and make it go away. Or perhaps they thought they had a time machine (via Reddit). Maybe if you don’t know that it rains nearly everywhere around the world, you shouldn’t be traveling to another country.
Every type of vacation is susceptible to inconvenient weather. The reality is that some ski resorts suffer from late snow or, in the worst case, none at all. This can damage their business prospects significantly as travelers won’t come. Another visitor had a strange reaction to the conditions.
“It was far too cold on our skiing holiday,” they moaned. Here is another example of somebody with far too much time on their hands. Perhaps the government should restrict some people’s access to the internet because this is one of the dumbest reviews ever (via Ski Solutions).
Tour guides have a tough job because they are responsible for the happiness of an entire group. They also must maintain order and ensure that everybody sticks together. Usually, it’s nice to tip the guide after an enjoyable tour because it’s not easy.
But one reviewer said that their guide ruined the trip. “We could not enjoy the tour as our guide was too ugly,” they wrote. “You can’t admire a beautiful view when you’re staring at a face like his” (via Tripadvisor). In reality, they had a terrible attitude and we feel sorry for their guide.
Most people love to travel to the beach or a sunny resort because they want to catch some rays. Maybe they’ll lie on the beach or beside the pool. They’ll dip in and out of the water throughout the day and have a great time. But not everybody agrees with this (via Healthline).
Another travel critic had a bad experience and wanted to share. “We were told we would get a great tan, but we stayed inside all day and didn’t get one,” they wrote. This one may take the cake for outright stupidity. How did they expect to get a tan? Did they think the resort provided them to guests through osmosis in their room? The biggest question is whether they practice being disconnected from all reality or if it comes naturally to them?