survey by Thomas Cook and ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents):
The beach was too sandy.
I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not
sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.
Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as
my husband spent all day looking at other women.
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.
On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every
restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.
We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring
our swimming costumes and towels.
A tourist at a top African game lodge overlooking a waterhole, who spotted a
visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast
ruined his honeymoon by making him feel ‘inadequate’.
A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in
by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the
back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.
We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows
the sand as yellow but it was white.
A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and
strong. [He was slurping the gravy at the time.]
We bought ‘Ray-Ban’ sunglasses for five Euros (£3.50) from a street trader,
only to find out they were fake.
No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.
It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the
Americans three hours to get home.
I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends’
three-bedroom apartment, ours was much smaller.
The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the accommodation’. We’re trainee
hairdressers - will we be OK staying here?
There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food
is Spanish. Too many foreigners.
We had to queue outside with no air conditioning.
It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests
before we travel.
I was bitten by a mosquito - no-one said they could bite.
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.