quote:THESE ARE ACTUAL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY “THOMAS COOK VACATIONS FROM DISSATISFIED CUSTOMERS”:
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 air-conditioning.”
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 mosquitoes.”
19. “My fiance 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.”
While traveling in Peru's Amazon rain forest, my friend, two acquaintances, and I stayed in open huts. After the first day of sightseeing, the two acquaintances decided to stay behind because they never imagined a tropical rain forest would be so uncomfortably hot and humid. [insert facepalm here]
There is a difference between a tourist and a traveler.
The traveler wants to experience the life of others, to literally walk in their shoes.
A tourist just wants to see the big sights in comfort and buy a few trinkets in the style they are accustomed to at home.
But take heed, maybe you shouldn't mock these tourists too much. At least they got off their duffs and tried to do something. MAYBE something penetrated into their minds during their travels that could have possibly enriched their lives. An epiphany in dormancy just waiting to blossom later in life?
But do scorn the person who never traveled or even owns a passport. Someone who shows a complete lack of intellectual inquisitiveness or natural curiosity of life outside their bubble. Someone who can show no sympathy or empathy toward their fellow man. I cannot imagine a less worthwhile politician to vote for with these desolate qualities. And yet, an immoral simpleton like Bush Jr, a man who had never traveled to Europe was elected* twice by a public who felt he was the type of guy they would most like to drink a beer with:
Edited by dronester, : update photo
Edited by dronester, : replaced ANOTHER Bush Jr. photo that had mysteriously disappeared.
I wish I could remember more . . . here's one for the evolution crowd . . .
When in Borneo visiting the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, a group of orangs descended from the forest to a platform to eat food set out by caretakers. After a while, a young woman asked "when do the gorillas show up?" When told that gorillas lived in Africa, she snorted, "wouldn't it be more convenient if they lived here?"
Well, maybe you had to be there (but I thought it was so funny that I almost squished my durian).
American woman: that's the Mona Lisa? I've seen reproductions that are better than that!
Besides the Mona Lisa (it IS quite small, dark and underwhelming to non-art patrons), Botticelli's The Birth of Venus is actually very faded looking, and not at all the whimsically colourful painting one often sees in commercial advertisements.
(I wonder if "art or locations as viewed/experienced in-person that are disappointing" would be an interesting thread?)