While Australia is currently in the midst of a red-hot summer, our old pals in Britain are freezing through a particularly nasty storm.
Storm Georgina is lashing Britain and Ireland with hurricane force winds and snow and plunging parts of the UK to minus two degrees.
Unsurprisingly, many Brits are looking for a sunny escape. In honour of the increase in search traffic for holidays, The Sun has compiled a roundup of the worst-ever Trip Advisor reviews submitted by Poms.
Many of the complaints were levelled at natural surroundings.
“You said the town was next to a volcano, but we went and there was no lava. I’m pretty sure it was just a mountain,” said one user, upset by a recent trip to Central America.
“The beach was so sandy that sand got into my clothes and was hard to wash off my skin,” said another of Thailand.
“The sand was much too white and not yellow like it is shown in your brochure,” was the problem in the Maldives.
“I went on your cruise around the Med and the sea was so loud outside I couldn’t get any sleep,” someone commented, adding to the mounting disappointment regarding the ocean.
In Spain, “The beach had too many fat people. It was gross,” and in Italy, “No one told us there would be fish in the sea – the children were surprised and upset.”
Considering the British think Blackpool is a decent beach, they should probably hold off on the criticisms.
Others took issue with animals either being not happy enough or, uh, too happy.
“The animals at the zoo looked very sad and it made our children cry. Can’t they train them to smile?” said a user unimpressed by the New York Zoo.
“The elephants we saw on our honeymoon were visibly aroused which made my wife upset and made me feel inadequate,” wrote another about a trip to Kenya.
As Satre famously said, “Hell is other people”. So it shouldn’t be surprising that a lot of the complains centred around travel companions and encounters with locals.
“My boyfriend and I asked for single beds in our room and you gave us a double. Now I am pregnant,” claimed one woman.
“Women were sunbathing topless on the beach and my husband spent all day looking at them,” another wrote.
“There were way too many foreigners and everyone spoke Spanish,” one sharp traveller noted about Spain, along with “The street signs weren’t in English. I don’t understand how anyone can get around.” Hmmmmm.
Some of these reviewers are probably just having a laugh. It wouldn’t be the first time TripAdvisor has been trolled either. Last year a rural Bunnings became a sensation after garnering enough glowing reviews to make it the 8th best restaurant in the region.
A restaurant known as The Shed in Dulwich also became a big hit recently despite the small problem of it not existing.
It was all the work of a freelance writer who flooded the site with fake reviews, which is further proof that if you are gonna let people publicly post stuff on the internet, you are gonna have a bad time (see: every YouTube comment section ever).