I am definitely one of those pro-traveling people. I think that it does everyone good to get out of their comfort zone a little bit, realize that there is a big world out there with different people, different cultures and different points of view. Escaping ones own context every now and then leads to more well rounded individuals, and so I am happy rather than disappointed that traveling is becoming accessible to more and more people.
However, when I came across a list of complaints from British holiday makers, I realized that perhaps some shouldn’t travel after all.
While they are all rather amusing, the ones that made me really sad were the ones of this flavor
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.”
10. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”
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.”
Hun, when you’re in Spain, you’re the foreigner
These people, perhaps, really shouldn’t travel. It seems that some people will never escape their own context, or realize that their culture is not the center of the universe, even if you plop them in the middle of Borneo.
This makes me sad. A little too sad for a light-hearted story. So, let’s lighten the mood with the last one at least.
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.”