I have been travelling out of the U.S. since I was 13 years old.
I have managed to visit 26 countries, several of these I've been to several times.
I've tried lots of different food, seen many wondrous things, had some amazing adventures, and at least tried to say "please and thank you" in the native language.
I realize that my eastern N.C. accent gets in the way, but I try to be congenial and adapt to "their" lifestyles. After all, I am a US ambassador when I leave home.
The last time I checked my passport, it didn't say "stupid," but perhaps other travelers should have that special box checked...
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. "When we were in Spain 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 fiancé 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."BEWARE...THEY WALK AMONG US , and VOTE TOO!!!!!
A friend of mine sent me this list. I couldn't decide if it was worth laughing over or just to shake my head. You decide.
May all your travels be filled with fun and adventure. Bon Voyage. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.