Dumb and Dumber Tourists

This post, and the thread featured within, is all about laughing at other people.

People who do and say stupid stuff. People who deserve to be laughed at. People not like us.

You know … tourists.

As luck would have it, the people being derided are anonymous, so we can laugh and/or roll our eyes at their flagrant stupidity and no one gets hurt. The thread is specifically centered around complaints expressed by tourists. And botticelli kicks off the thread with some doozies:

“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.”


“No one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”


“I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”


“They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

That’s all the chum in the waters others need to share some of their own favorite idiotic tourist complaints.

“We bought Ray-Ban sunglasses for $5 from a street vendor, only to find out that they were fake.” ~contributed by sandman249

Rural Ireland: a couple of American ladies. One said to the other ‘if I never see a sheep or cow again, it will be too soon!’. ~contributed by Ameriscot

I heard this one from a park ranger in Mesa Verde National Park. My sister and I were talking to her about some of the craziest questions she’d ever been asked. This one topped her list:


At what elevation do the deer become elk? ~contributed by Katzpur

Read the thread in its entirety: Funny complaints from tourists

And if you are feeling brave go ahead and post stupid questions/complaints you yourself have made when visiting an unfamiliar locale.

It’s ok, go ahead. This is a safe place. I’m sure no one will laugh at you.

stupid human tricks” by Janice Waltzer. CC BY 2.0.


  1. A battlefield guide at Antietam National Battlefield told me this one: “Why were all the Civil War battles fought in national parks?”

    From a battlefield guide at Gettysburg: “Why aren’t there any bullet holes in the monuments?”

    Sadly, they were actually asked those questions.

  2. Overheard (twenty or so years ago) on a moonbuggy/people mover at Dulles Airport: “my God, is the THE PLANE??”

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