20 Of The Weirdest And Annoying Things Tourists Do, According To These Locals

Published 2 years ago

Living in a tourist destination might seem like a dream for some, but it’s not always rainbows and unicorns in those holiday spots. Sometimes there are tourists – yes, ‘damn tourists’ who often do stupid and weird things in excitement.

When someone asked on r/AskReddit, “Redditors who live in holiday destinations, what’s your most ridiculous ‘damn tourists’ moment”, local people started pouring out their frustration regarding annoying tourists. Scroll below to read some crazy things shared by them.

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“Canadian Rockies – Tourists who pull over on the side of the road to get close-up pictures of bear cubs. Mama bear is nearby and is ready to re-enact The Revenant with you.”


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“In Australia, for some unknown reason, tourists won’t swim in-between the safety flags. It’s like they think it’s the bunny hill of the beach. It’s not, the locals swim between the flags because we don’t want to die.

Also, if I offer you sunblock and a hat, take it. This isn’t Europe, I’ve gotten sunburnt in 15mims, you will bake regardless of your skin colour/nationality.

It’s always so strange to me that Australia gets a bad wrap for all these things that are “trying to kill you” but I think sometimes tourist are just trying to get killed. Soooo many examples of this!”


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“NYC. Post 9/11, walking past the ruins of the World Trade Center and some middle-aged women tourists are chatting and laughing and posing with the ruins of the WTC behind them for a group shot. I worked there and was lucky not to be in the building when it happened. I was just so infuriated that I yelled out “it’s not f**king Disney Land” and they lost their smiles. (Have some decorum, tourists).”


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“Currently live in India / Sri Lanka – white people aka foreigners walking barefoot everywhere… Like Christ, I get you’re on your big ‘Indian adventure’ but put on some shoes. Have you seen how much s**t is on the ground?!”


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“When I was a teenager, I worked at an airboat rental dock/alligator park near the Everglades. We’d always get a tour bus full of foreigners and yankees coming in from Miami every couple of days during snowbird season.

Had a f**king guy ask “Hey, are we allowed to swim in the water?” while he was standing in front of a 14 foot stuffed gator flanked by four 6 foot water moccasin skins. We’d also get people who’d complain about the heat and the bugs. Like…holy f**king s**t you just came to the largest wetland in the country, what exactly were you expecting?

My favorite was “can you turn down the fan, my children don’t like the noise.” Then don’t sign up to take a ride on a boat that’s propelled by a giant propeller.”


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“Worked at a ski area in western NC and had a lady from Florida ask me what we did with all the snow in the summertime. Told her we trucked it all into a refrigerated cave and she bought it.”


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“We had a Japanese couple put their toddler on the back of a baby black bear that was mulling about on the side of the highway. Natural selection was unfortunately not invoked in this instance.”


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“Live in a ski town adjacent to Yellowstone National Park…

People have asked “At what elevation do the deer turn into elk” “Where do the moguls go in the summer?”

My favorite was when I worked at a lodge right in front of the Tetons during wildfire season…

“Can’t you guys turn off the smoke? It’s ruining my view and we paid way too much for this vacation and I can’t even see the mountains.” Yes, lady, it’s all one big tv screen in front of our hotel…”


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“I used to live in a very popular destination for exotic vacations. The one time that will always remember is the time I went to the local shopping mall and eavesdropped into a conversation with Asians showing safari pictures. They were showing pictures of them holding lion cubs. They were explaining how they saw baby lions without their mother and decided to get out of their car and pick them up for pictures. I cannot believe how stupid some people are.”


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“Not a specific tourist destination, but I’m always amused by Europeans who can’t comprehend how big Canada is.

I’ll be in Niagara or Toronto, and they’ll ask for directions to Whistler. “You’re gonna want to go West for a long time”

“Like an hour? Two hours?”

“Try a week””


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“From Ireland. Had more than a few people ask about leprechauns. A friend actually convinced 2 Americans that they live in a commune in Donegal. They went straight out and bought bus tickets.”


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“I live near Niagara Falls, and it seems like every time I go there are a couple of people attempting to sit on, hang on, or even get past the guard rails for a better photo opportunity. Idk if they just don’t realize how fast the water is actually moving or what, but I’ve had a panic attack for them every time I’ve seen this.”


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“I find it super annoying when I see people parked on the side of the road trying to lure the Bears closer to their cars with food. Even worse when we pull up and warn them not to and their response is “chill out bro, it’s only a bear” ……..also, when people just decide to run up to baby deer and bother it, its mom is nearby and will go crazy. There’s a reason why there are so many warning signs to not bother the wild creatures and to keep your distance. Oh and littering, take your damn food wrapper and put it in a trash can, a**hole. This is not only the animals’ home but it’s mine too so show some respect.”


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“My older brother lives in Celebration, FL. Back when it was first designed and built, people didn’t seem to understand exactly what it was. Was it a tourist attraction? A park? A town?

Some of my brother’s friends related a time when they were sitting down for dinner and, having forgotten to lock their front door, were greeted by some tourists who decided to just walk around inside their apartment. The visitors had to be told that, no, this isn’t a tourist attraction. It’s a real home and real people live here, so please leave.”


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“I work at a beach, and people always complain about the seaweed that washes up, and they believe me when I say that there’s a seaweed filter in the jetty (which is a formation of huge rocks jetting out into the ocean to collect sand on one side) and that it was broken and it, instead of sucking the seaweed in, it’s shooting it out and the part that would fix it comes from Japan and it’s going to be fixed in 3 weeks. Tourists believe this every time.”


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“When I was 14, I worked for the Parks Commission in Niagara Falls. I’ve been asked a lot of dumb tourist questions during my time there, but there are two that really take the cake.

“Does the Maid of the Mist ride up the falls?” Asked by a grown man. I could understand a 5 yr old child with no understanding of physics, but seriously no adult should ever ask that question.

“Which falls belongs to what country?” Asked by a large Texan (I could tell by the accent and the huge belt buckle). I told him that the Horseshoe Falls were in Canada and the American and Bridal Veil falls were in the US. “NO!” he shouts back to me. “The larger one belongs to the US because everything in the US is bigger!”. “Umm ok” I squeaked out. He must have been looking for a fight.”


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“I grew up in San Francisco which is kind of a tourist destination. I remember getting dinner somewhere touristy once and overhearing tourists complaining about all the hills and one of them hoping that the next earthquake would level the city so it would be easier to get around…”


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“I used to be a street artist in the New Orleans French quarter. One day I’m sitting by my paintings, reading a book and some lady came up and put a dollar in my coffee. I guess she thought I was begging. Her heart was in the right place, but she ruined my coffee.”


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“Another NYC one: Walking to work one day and I hear shouts of “OH MY GOD IS THAT JAY-Z?!?! GET A PICTURE QUICK”

No, midwestern tourists, that is not Jay-Z. That man looks nothing like Jay-Z. He’s at least 150 pounds heavier than Jay-Z. Being a black dude in a Lambo doesn’t automatically make him Jay-Z.”


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“Anyone who comes to Los Angeles, assumes Hollywood and the actual Hollywood neighborhoods are the same. actors rarely hang out in Hollywood. that’s where you find the heroin addicts.”

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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