Travel: Top 40 stupid complaints ever

“What time do they turn the mist off?” Yes, that was a travel query asked to a UK based leading travel agency guide. Fear not, each of us would have asked silly travel questions one time or the other. But were they as silly as the 40 silliest complaints or queries ever? I compile this list from a Thomas Cook survey, couple more websites and personal travel experiences. Read on..

40 stupid travel complaints ever no particular order (as it’s very difficult to separate stupid from stupider or stupidest. Ha Ha..)

1. “My room brochure says coffee maker in the room. Is it a he or she? Can I get a young she?”

2. “Could you ask the pilot to fly lower as my wife is scared of heights?”

3. “In the picture gallery, how will I know which picture is mine?”

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.”

5. “Could you help open my flight window, it’s getting stuffy in here?”

6. A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in her hotel room by staff. In fact, she had mistaken the “do not disturb” sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.

7. “The water in the toilet pot – is it salt water or fresh water?”

8. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure.Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white.”

9. A guest at a Singapore hotel asked, “Why all the containers have soup, when will main course come?”. It was infact the buffet trays laid out with steaming water, for the meal containers to be put on top of them!

10. “Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women.”


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

12. “No one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.”


13. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England, it only took the Americans three hours to get home.”

14. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends’ three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller.”

15. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the accommodation.’ We’re trainee hairdressers — will we be OK staying there?”

16. “Are the stairs in the hall going up or down?”

17. “We had to queue outside with no air conditioning.”

18. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

19. “I was bitten by a mosquito, no-one said they could bite.”

20. “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.”

21. “Our flight left Heathrow at 07:55, and they told us the flight was 2 hours. But when we landed it was 10:55, making us miss our connection. The pilot didn’t even tell us we were delayed.” Err..time difference did you think?


22. “You told us that there was a rooftop pool, but above us was just another room.”

23. “The hostel brochure mentioned dormitory and shared bathrooms. The rooms were being shared ok, but I couldn’t spot anyone sharing the bathrooms. Hence I didn’t dare to ask anyone to come bathe with me. Could you update the brochure about local customs?”

24. “We could not enjoy the tour as our guide was too ugly. You can’t be expected to admire a beautiful view when you’re staring at a face like his.”

25.  “The flight landed and took a long time opening the doors. We had to stand for close to 30 minutes waiting for it. No one told us not to stand so early’

26. After being told she could reach the front desk by dialling 9, a lady complained when she was repeatedly unable to do so from her mobile.

27. “The street signs weren’t in English. I don’t understand how anyone can get around here.”

28. “The beach had too many fat people. It was gross.”


29. “The local women were too beautiful; it made me feel bad about myself.”

30. “There was no sign telling you that you shouldn’t get on the hot air balloon ride if you’re afraid of heights.”

31. “The animals at the zoo looked very sad and it made our children cry. Can’t they train them to smile?”

32. “We booked the honeymoon suite, and in the [bathroom] there were 2 toilets side by side. With no walls separating them! There is nothing at all romantic about that.”


33. “Why are there no kangaroos hopping around Sydney city? I’m most disappointed.”

34. “Why you insist on selling me return flight? I don’t want to return. Just want one way tour package and will hide in there after the tour.”

35. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully-equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

36. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guidebook during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”


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

38. “Hi, can I go fishing from the cruise ship?”

39. “Excuse me what exactly is inside my ham and cheese sandwich?”

40. “What time do they switch the mist off?”

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