Take a careful look at these signature idiot mistakes you may be doing that make us all look like a bit of a fool on holiday. From sun burnt beach looks to culture clashes, here are the ten signs you need to watch out for...
Losing your flip flops to the sea
When away on holiday we all like to take a nice relaxing stroll along the beach, letting the waves cool our feet as we talk about what a great time we’ve been having. What is less enjoyable though is when the high tide starts closing in and takes with it your favourite sandals that were so loosely attached to your feet... our advice, take off your shoes when strolling by the shore!
Waving foreign currency around
When in a country that uses different currency to your own it's easy to forget that, just because the money looks different, it isn’t pretend money and you shouldn't wave it around for everybody to see. A classic example of how this can go wrong is when bartering at a market stall and counting your coins you end up unintentionally showing off how much money you do actually have to spend.
Not knowing the address of your hotel
You’ve got off the plane and managed to grab a cab from the airport but you don’t know the address of the hotel you’re staying at - just the name. Unfortunately when in a tourist destination, the name of the hotel really isn’t enough, shouting 'The Hilton’ several times at a cabby when there are probably a good handful of them scattered around the city is not going to help either of you find the right place.
Getting drunk on two drinks
Sometimes the alluring part of a holiday is the liberal spirit measures used in exotic cocktails but beware, we’re sure plenty of you have fallen into the trap of thinking you can drink just as much as normal when the drinks are 3 times as strong! Finding yourself shuttled of to bed from the bar at 8.30pm is not a good way to enjoy your holidays in the Caribbean!
One of the top, if not the top, example of an idiot abroad is wearing ridiculous clothes. As a rule, if you don’t wear it at home, you shouldn’t wear it on holiday. Some prime examples of holiday wardrobe disasters are the dreaded ¾ length tracksuit bottoms and the fashion faux pas that is the holiday sun hat!
Forgetting sun cream
We’ve all been there... you go down to the beach or the hotel pool in the morning to snap up a great spot but in your rush you forget to apply that all-important sun cream. By the time you reach dinner you're looking more cooked than the food on your plate and the rest of your holiday is spent resembling a lobster in a tank top!
Refusing to adjust to the time difference
There’s always one person on holiday who refuses to acclimatise to the countries time zone because they feel it will “prevent jetlag on the way back”, which is just nonsense. Sleeping in the day and wandering through the hotel hallways at 5am is no way to enjoy your holiday!
Butchering the local language
As rude as it is to not even bother to learn the basics like "hello", "I would like", "thank you", etc, yelling 'UN-A CER-VAY-ZARR' at the waiters can come across just as bad. When practicing your language skills refrain from becoming frustrated if the person you are talking to cannot understand your dialect, rather than talking slower and slower until you become completely incomprehensible.
Tank top tan lines
A look that is equally as bad as the aforementioned lobster-skin is the classic summer holiday look, the tank top tan lines. At its best (or worst) the person sporting a tank top tan line has no need to wear a top anymore as the contrast between the arms and torso already creates a skin-coloured vest that is sure to shock!
Poor map handling
When abroad we all need the assistance of a map from time to time to helps us navigate around the strange new surroundings. Though maps are a holiday necessity, walking down a busy street with your head well and truly buried into an A3-sized map is definitely an idiotic way to act on your holiday abroad!
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