I’m sorry our beaches are too white, wide and sandy

Living in paradise can be hard. In fact it should be wretched, unwholesome and downright dangerous according to a list of recent complaints by not-so-intrepid British tourists. Research compiled by the Association of British Travel Agents [ABTA] and Thomas Cook, have done nothing to dispel the whingeing Pom cliche. Here are some of my favorite ‘complaints’ British travelers made:

  • I was bitten by a mosquito — no one said they could bite. 
  • We had to queue outside with no air-conditioning.
  • I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts
  • Some British tourists found their Aussie holidays were spoiled because 
    • The beach was too sandy
    • The beaches were too wide
    • No one told us there would be fish in the sea; the children were startled
    • We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white.


  • We booked an excursion to a water park but no one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.
  • We bought Ray-Ban sunglasses for five euros ($9) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.
  • My fiance 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
  • No hairdressers at the accommodation.” We’re trainee hairdressers — will we be OK staying here?
  • On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food at all.

However, although Australia and India are devastatingly dreadful places to sojourn…Spain is even worse

  • There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners.
  • 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.
  • One disgruntled wife declared that topless sunbathing should be banned because her “holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women”.

If you ask me – the problem with Europe is that there are not enough castles…



Source: WA Today

Reference: Association for British Travel Agents – Thomas Cook