Holiday Regrets: Top 50 Revealed… What Are Yours?

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’, but according to a recent study on travelling habits, it seems that many of us have regrets about what we did, and what we didn’t do, while away on holiday.

In the study, carried out on 2,000 adults by SPANA, a charity that works tirelessly to improve the welfare of working animals in the world’s poorest countries, it was revealed that more than a third of us return from our holidays feeling disappointed, with 14% of us feeling bad about our own behaviour, and a further 24% of us regretting that we picked a ‘touristy’ destination for our annual break.

Holiday Regrets

Other holiday regrets include falling out with the people you travelled with, not paying for priority boarding, and perhaps unsurprisingly, drinking too much alcohol! Chief Executive of SPANA, Jeremy Hulme said, “It’s no secret that Brits love their summer holidays abroad, but it seems that all too often holidaymakers return home wishing they’d done things differently.”

If you’ve just returned home from your latest holiday with more regrets that you would care to admit, worry not, here’s the Top 50 Holiday Regrets that many travellers feel, as published in The Daily Mail…

  1. Letting others dictate how you spent your holiday, rather than doing what you wanted
  2. Choosing a destination that was too ‘touristy’
  3. Choosing a destination where there was literally nothing to do
  4. Falling out with the people you went on holiday with
  5. Deciding not to purchase a souvenir and then wishing you had
  6. Choosing a destination that was too ‘British’
  7. Forgetting to wear sun cream / sunbathing all day and getting badly burnt
  8. Drinking local alcohol to excess
  9. Drinking too much on a night out and behaving badly
  10. Getting food poisoning
  11. Not bringing plug adapters
  12. Choosing not to leave the resort, and failing to ‘sight see’
  13. Not making any effort to learn language basics
  14. Going on holiday with the wrong people (in-laws, annoying friends)
  15. Failing to try local foods when given the opportunity
  16. Getting ripped off (e.g. not knowing the exchange rate or currency value)
  17. Falling into a deep sleep on the sunbed and getting sunburnt
  18. Being too scared to experiment with different sports and activities
  19. Going out on the last night before a really early flight home
  20. Not taking more sun lotion / mosquito repellent and paying more for it abroad
  21. Walking through unsafe, unlit areas at night
  22. Not telling your bank you’re going abroad
  23. Not ‘switching off’ from work
  24. Forgetting your phone charger
  25. Embarking on a holiday romance
  26. Deciding not to embark on a holiday romance
  27. Not saving space for holiday purchases
  28. Not paying for priority boarding
  29. Talking about work on holiday, instead of enjoying the holiday
  30. Being overly trusting when approached by people
  31. Trusting a local and ending up lost
  32. Not arriving early enough to reserve your sun bed with a beach towel
  33. Not querying your hotel room on booking – so you end up with a bad view
  34. Forgetting your ear plugs
  35. Not knowing local dangers (tap water, salads etc.)
  36. Deciding to get a really early flight home
  37. Leaving your passport in the room
  38. Sleeping with a stranger
  39. Booking the cheapest hotel – and being stuck in the middle of nowhere
  40. Working on holiday instead of relaxing
  41. Being hospitalised / sustaining injuries
  42. Not paying extra to take more luggage
  43. Not researching the hotel well enough
  44. Not knowing what to do in an emergency (e.g. 999 equivalent)
  45. Getting into unsafe taxis
  46. Travelling without insurance
  47. Taking all your currency out with you
  48. Not knowing local customs (e.g. appropriate dress)
  49. Riding mopeds without helmets
  50. Sleeping on the beach




2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mpho says:

    Drinking too much. Unregistered cab, so got ripped off and my travel partner had safety concerns, she didn’t want me to resist too much. Packing rain boots to Thailand, that’s like top of my list. Who does that?

    1. Equatours says:

      Haha! Good list Mpho! You never know when you might need rain boots in Thailand, we got stuck in a monsoon in Koh Samui for 3 days – rain boots would have been very helpful! 🙂

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