We arrived at the lovely bushland caravan park, excited about our weekend away. A time to relax with extended family and for my kids to have their annual try at water-skiing.

Sitting by the open fire, it was so relaxing – the kids were toasting marshmallows and the adults sitting back enjoying a drink.

The stars were shining bright and we were all feeling good – until our neighbours started getting louder…. and louder, their conversation dotted with profanities.

Now, I am not a prude and have been known to occasionally drop the F-bomb, but this was unreal. And as we made our way to bed, we were forced to lie there and listen to it invade our space.

The next night was even worse, as more had joined the group.

The conversation was louder, the swearing worse and some of the subjects discussed extremely loudly were not fit for public consumption.

So, as I lay there stewing, unable to sleep, it got me thinking about how other holidaymakers can ruin your holiday enjoyment.

Take my friend who escapes every year to a secluded beachside location with her two young children. Usually a family environment, she was stunned this year to realise there were teenagers playing sex games in a public area.

“It’s the first time there has ever been anything like this,” she said to me.

In this instance, the park managers stepped in and the group were removed from the park.

Smoked Out

Then there is another friend, whose holiday last year to a Gold Coast resort was ruined by another family whose smoking on the unit balcony below left them unable to enjoy their own balcony.

My friend asked to be moved to another unit, which could not be accommodated. So, management spoke to the smokers, asking them to be a bit more understanding. Instead, they took affront to the impingement on their right to smoke on their balcony.

The result is that they upped the ante – as my friend realised when she saw them leaving burning cigarettes in ashtrays on their balcony. Not to smoke, but to create smoke!

Kids Gone Wild

Then there are the parents who let their children run riot – like when I was in a pool in a resort complex, watching as two mums sat back drinking chatting, leaving their toddler in the care of older children who were constantly dive-bombing, basically on top of me and my kids.

That’s not to mention the pungent smell that started coming from the toddler…..gross. And don’t even get me started on the people who can’t clean up after themselves in shared bathrooms.

We all want to enjoy our holidays.

So it is frustrating that some people don’t seem to think or care about how their actions and behaviours might impact on others.

I don’t have the answers, except to hope such incidents remain few and far between for you and me.

Have you had a holiday negatively impacted on by other people?

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  • Happened to u a few times. We have moved our tents, asked for people to be considerate, tried to ignore….. it’s what you make of it, you can let it ruin your holiday or make the most of it.


  • I haven’t been lucky enough to go on a holiday since I was a kid, so I’m really looking forward to when I can go on one with my 3 children. We have had day trips, though not many as a journey to the city takes hours and depending on how my youngest is, can either be smooth sailing or epic failing. I have encountered the swearing thing both while out and by a enough who would sometimes say the f word while yelling at her kids. That neighbour and the one who lives there now smoke close enough to the fence that it can be smelt. That’s something I hate while being out with my kids. Walking somewhere and my kids being forced to inhale toxic fumes.


  • We did and we packed up and left and moved elsewhere. It was worth the extra dollars to be away from noisy and unpleasant people.


  • Some people don’t care about others – just selfish.


  • People need to respect other vistor’s besides themselves!


  • Oh wow! It certainly would ruin your holiday if those around you were being inconsiderate.


  • Wow! These people need to learn some respect for others and themselves!


  • Yes, other people can certainly impact your holiday negatively ! Or in general other people, neighbours can be rather selfish. I’ve had no holiday ruined, but I have had hindrance from neighbours.


  • That’s dreadful. It’s absolutely true that other people can destroy your holiday. You must be very lucky to find the right neighbours. And if something goes wrong, also to find the manager who takes actions for you.
    I don’t recall any bad experience so far, but everything is possible. :-(


  • This is why I don’t want to go camping with my baby. I’d hate him to keep other people up and ruin their holiday and maybe there only chance for a sleep in.

    • We are campers and 99% of the time it has been a wonderful experience. Unfortunately just like other accomodation you can get noisy and inconsiderate neighbours.


  • Isn’t that horrible? When you head away for sone relaxing quiet family time and you’re subjected to something like this? Some people need to stop and think about those around them sometimes


  • I would be horrified if my kids were exposed to some of this! Especially when you have looked forward to a family holiday and then have it ruined. Luckily it hasn’t happened so far.

    • yeah hope the holidays don’t get ruined by people like that


  • some people should not be allowed out in public


  • I agree with a lot of previous comments,that ALOT of people leave their manners & respect behind at home & act like they are the only people on holidays at the resort. I see a lot of people become rude & complain about stupid stuff,like we were on holidays in Hawaii & a couple (aussie accents) behind us complained that the breakfast line was too long, an started to become agitated & rude making comments load enough for staff to hear. generally speaking the line was long but it moved so fast, and catered for 100’s of guests,that I wondered what was there problem..your on holidays,whats the rush?

    • But I also try not to that sort of negativity affect me..you encounter rude people like this already at home.


  • I think I’m ruling in favour of the other holiday makers in terms of the smoke situation. I don’t smoke, but if I choose not to, that shouldn’t impede others who are outside, surely weren’t smoking 24/7 if there was room to up the ante as you say. I’d be tempted to say your friends were the ones ruining the other holiday makers holiday.


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