Vacation Blunders: The Don’ts of U.S. Traveling

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Daniel is a copywriter who has well and truly been bitten alive by the 'travel bug'. After ticking off several North American National Parks and exploring Europe by train, his sights are now set on South East Asia. Usually with at least one camera locked and loaded, you'll find Daniel wherever there are mountains, lakes or beaches.

Welcome to the wacky world of vacation blunders! For some unknown reason, many tourists love nothing more than making a fool out of themselves and being caught on camera doing so.

A recent viral video on Reddit shows a vacationer testing out the waters of Yellowstone’s (very) hot springs. To her surprise, she exclaims, ‘It’s hot, it’s very hot.’ This got us thinking about the multitude of other amusing and downright foolish things vacationers do across America.

So get ready to cringe, laugh, and shake your head in disbelief as we take a delightful journey through the realm of tourist blunders.

Cliffside Selfies

Grand Canyon
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Despite the Grand Canyon’s renowned natural beauty that is simply impossible to capture on camera, there remains a persistent urge among many to record themselves in precarious situations while exploring its wonders.

Pretending to hang off the edge, faking a shove in the back to a friend, or kicking loose rocks off the edge are just a few of the foolish (and dangerous) acts you’ll see at the Grand Canyon.

San Franciso Hills

San Francisco hill
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Proudly topping America’s ‘hilliest cities’ list, exploring the streets of San Fransico can soon turn into a full-blown workout.

It doesn’t take long for trouble to brew when unfit tourists hop on shiny rental bikes and make a beeline for the hills. Local drivers have little patience for such antics and find themselves red with rage as they are forced to swerve out of the way of clueless cyclists.

Disturbing Nature

National Park Bears
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As shown so clearly by the tourist taking a dip in Yellowstone’s hot springs, national parks are a magnet for vacation blunders.

It is, unfortunately, our great wildlife that typically finds itself victim to these hapless tourists. Whether it’s trying to ride a bison, getting a selfie with a bear, or honking at a herd of bison to speed them up, it never ends well. Just don’t do it, guys.

Hotel Pool Daredevils

Vacation blunders swimming pool
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While not exclusive to America, the peculiar pastime of jumping off hotels into pools continues to baffle some vacationers.

Despite the annual tales of broken limbs, spines, or even worse, numerous thrill-seekers still muster the foolishness to attempt this death-defying stunt.

Poorly Prepared Hiking

Vacation blunders hiking
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Unprepared tourists, bless their adventurous souls, often waltz into hiking trails like the Appalachian Trail or the Rocky Mountains with all the grace of a blindfolded squirrel on roller skates.

Armed with no more than a selfie stick and a protein bar, they soon find themselves out of their element, and park rangers are called to the rescue (if they’re lucky!).

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