With summer around the corner, you might be planning your next big vacation. Whether you’re going to the beach, flying to Vegas, or going on a cruise, it’s supposed to be the highlight of the year. But sometimes things just don’t work out like they should.
These funny and unfortunate vacation fails are a great way to see what you should avoid during your next outing. Join us for the 40 best vacation fails.
1. Broken Promise
What do you plan to do during your week long beach vacation? Probably didn’t plan to spend the entire week laid up with a broken leg. But that’s exactly what happened to this unfortunate beach comber.
2. Snap, Crackle, Crunch
Hard to imagine going anywhere without a cell phone these days. That’s why we can imagine this family was shocked when they pulled out their sofa and heard a loud crunch and crack. Apparently, their son’s phone slipped between the sofa and got caught someplace really bad, and here’s the result.
3. Just a little off the top
This vacationer was taking her first trip to Hawaii and asked a local to snap a shot of her. She was promised a close-up, but had no idea until later what that meant. Apparently, the cameraman wanted to capture the gorgeous scene and only a small peek of the vacationer.
4. The unlikeliest storm
This couple listened to their friends when they heard that their vacation to Puerto Vallarta wouldn’t be hit by hurricanes. Well here’s the storm footage during that day. Just goes to show that being in a valley doesn’t make you safe.
The Grand Canyon is known as one of the most impressive marvels of the Americas. But what happens when an unlikely fog blocks everything from view. Guess mother nature didn’t want to show off this day.
6. No More Big Ben
This vacationer should have done their research and found out that Big Ben was closed for repairs. Going so far to see this alone isn’t worth it. Hopefully they enjoyed the rest of their vacation.
7. She should have rushed less
No one takes 9 hour drives for nothing. This family wanted to get a cool shot of themselves in front of the world famous Mt. Rushmore. But as you can see, mom took a picture that didn’t quite capture the event. At least they’re happy.
8. Is that a white wall?
History buffs often love visiting Bavaria, Germany to check out Hitler’s Eagles Nest. After arriving, this vacationer took a long 6-hour coach ride to see it. And this is the best photo they could have taken. Makes you think we’re looking at a man pointing at a wall, doesn’t it?
9. A gorgeous smile for a missed view
Not every day you get to see the gorgeous Mount Fuji. Unfortunately, today isn’t the day if you were hoping to see it in this photo. But look at how happy they are!
10. They Fixed It
Sorry everyone, but this vacationer fixed The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Or so it would seem from this photo they took that makes it look like it’s not leaning anymore. Guess they wanted to do something different than the classic “holding it up” pose.
11. One Chance to Wow Them All
Even if you’ve never been, everyone knows that New York has some of the most exciting sights for tourists to see. That’s why this couple decided to check it out after a 10-hour flight. They only had one day to catch photos that would last them a lifetime and…bad luck made these the best of the bunch. It’s all a Mist Opportunity, isn’t it?
12. Lights Out!
There’s a time in everyone’s life when you realize it’s just not your day. For this couple, it came when they arrived at a hotel for vacation and half the hotel, including their room, just lost power. They ended up going home early since that’s just a bad sign.
13. Feeling drained?
After renting a car and taking a 2 hour drive to see Die Rakotzbrücke outside of Berlin, you expect to see something cool. Well this vacationer got there only to realize that the attraction was under construction and the water was drained. So all they got to see was construction in the woods.
14. The Great…Thing
The Great Wall of China is, without a doubt, one of the biggest reasons to visit China. In fact, it was this vacationer’s dream vacation. But leave it to nature to get in the way of the perfect shot. Hopefully this was still the dream vacation they always wanted.
15. Always do your research
It’s always a good idea to plan your vacations to make sure you don’t run into this Redditor’s problem. They wanted to see Big Ben but discovered that it was closed for viewing due to repairs. Oh well, at least London is lovely all year round.
16. A Room With No View
This vacationer just wanted a gorgeous room of the mountains. They even paid extra for it. Little did they know that the snow plow ran right past their room and dumped a lot of snow in front of the windows. We hope they demanded a refund from the hotel.
17. Absolutely Stunning
This hiker went through almost four hours of rain to reach one of Norway’s most renowned hiking trails. Their reward was this stunning view of a rock and a man holding their arms out. We haven’t the foggiest idea if it was worth it, but you can’t deny that’s a gorgeous shot.
18. Would definitely go see it again
This vacationer was traveling to the Grand Canyon only to find that the view was obstructed by fog. Even if they never actually saw the Grand Canyon, they seem really upbeat about it. Which is a great attitude to have isn’t it? Even if not the most exciting camera shots.
19. The Arch Comes
No, this isn’t a big reveal scene in a sci-fi movie. It’s just the Gateway Arch in St. Louis obscured by fog. This vacationer was told that this was the “must-see” experience for their vacation and they were maybe a little disappointed. Hopefully they can try again soon.
20. Never best at Everest
This vacationer was excited to see Mount Everest from this spot in Nepal. But nature got in the way and threw up the foggy blinders to get in the way. At least they can say they got to go.
21. Mount Rainier Days
This vacationer had been waiting patiently to get a good shot of Mount Rainier. But the mountain was cloaked in fog for days, so the best she could do was this side by side shot. One commentor pointed out that they live in the area and had only seen the mountains a few times in their life.
22. Closed and Blocked
On this vacation to Visit Casa Batlló In Barcelona, the Redditor discovered that it was closed and blocked off for repairs. What an absolute letdown. But don’t worry, because Barcelona has many buildings in the same style so they probably got to go somewhere else!
23. Nailed It!
This vacationer went all the way to Wittenberg, Germany to see the door Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to. This religious wonder is of prime interest to anyone interested in religious history. Unfortunately, the famous door was closed for restoration at the time.
24. A little closer A little Higher
This pair almost had the perfect photo of Mount Rushmore. But the camera just wasn’t at the right angle to capture the impressive monument. Wonder if a selfie stick would have been better.
25. Maybe it’s evidence
This woman was visiting Paris for the first time when a roaring inferno hits a cathedral. It’s certainly unfortunate for everyone involved but Reddit took to joking that this was evidence. We hope she enjoyed the rest of her Paris vacation.
26. At least someone left a painting
After taking the long trip out to see Mount Fuji, this Redditor was met with a fog. We don’t know how long they were there, but hopefully they got to see it later. At least someone left a painting behind so he could know what he missed out on.
27. First time doesn’t count
This Instagrammer visited the ‘scenic’ Grand Canyon and didn’t get a very good view. But they are keeping up their spirits since they now have a reason to go back. Hopefully the weather is nicer when they do.
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28. The Foggy Rock Story
This traveler spent a lot of time getting to Pulpit Rock in Norway. What they found was, a rock and a foggy view. Truly a wonder that their eyes couldn’t believe (or see but who’s counting?).
29. Closed For You
This man traveled thousands of miles to see Mt. Rushmore. Nothing was going to stop him…except for a closed for construction sign.
30. A Vacation in Silent Hill
This Redditor woke up at 3 am and hiked to catch the view of Machu Picchu at sunrise. But when a fog rolled in all they could capture on film was this animal photobomber. At least you can see something of the mountains if you squint hard enough.
31. The Foggy Gate Bridge
Where do you think this vacationer was? Well if you guessed the Golden Gate Bridge…tell us how you figured that out? Because a fog rolled in blocking the view of everything but the vacationer themself!
32. Not Permitted to See It
Can you imagine going to the trouble to obtain hiking permits for the Havasupai Falls and then seeing a gross-looking waterfall? Well, that’s what happened to this poor vacationer. They compared their photo to a ‘wet one’ for a side-by-side comparison and to prove they were actually there. As one commenter said, this might be “Instagram vs Reality.”
33. The City of Mist
This Redditor was vacationing and wanted to visit the Taj Mahal. But a strange mist came in and ruined what could have been the perfect shot. We hope they at least got to see it from closer.
34. The Eiffel Fence
This vacationing couple took this photo of the Eiffel Tower during their honeymoon. As you can see, they mist out on seeing the wonder because of a thick fog that rolled in. All they got was a romantic view of the chainlink fence around their room. C’est la vie!
35. Something’s in the way
This vacationer was visiting Machu Picchu for the first time and asked his dad to snap a photo. But wouldn’t you know it, his finger got in the way. But maybe his son was making a funny face that would ruin the shot.
36. Check out that view
This hiker was on a 120 mile solo hike when he asked an elderly person to snap a photo of him. But as it turned out, they were struggling with the photo and ended up snapping a headless shot instead. The hiker was a good sport about ti and didn’t complain when he realized the old man was struggling. At least it showed off the trail and the hiker’s physique.
37. The Golden Gate Something
This vacationer was told to go check out the Golden Gate Bridge early in the morning. We bet they weren’t expecting the view to be obscured in fog. But at least they seem like a great sport about it.
38. Not as Advertised
This one’s a little gross.
This Redditor was out on a flight with an airline that sore they sterilized after every flight. But then they found a clump of hair in a cup holder. There are too many problems with this to count!
39. A breathtaking view
This vacationer was vacationing near Haleakala and wanted to see the majestic view in the morning. So they woke up at 2:30 in the morning and drove 10,000 feet to get to the top. And this was what greeted them. Marvelous isn’t it?
40. Greater Crater Lake Photo
This vacationer went to a lot of trouble to check out Crater Lake for the first time. But nature wasn’t having it and put up some impressive fog to block the view. It’s still a stunning picture, just not quite what they wanted.