A 43-year-old man was recently shocked and totally surprised after finding out that he couldn’t book an ocean view room in London on this upcoming holiday to the United Kingdom.

The Sydney local, who wishes to remain anonymous, is currently coming to grips with the realisation that his favourite room category simply isn’t available in Old London Town after visiting his local travel agency and making the inquiry to 23-year-old Sally, a novice travel agent only three weeks into the job.

“I’m not really a fussy traveller, and I just appreciate the basics when I travel. But I am a water sign (a Pisces if you must know), and so I always prefer booking my accommodation facing the ocean. And that’s exactly what I tried to do last week,” the man told the Sydney Inquirer.

The freelance yoga teacher had just been told he needed to take a two-week break from this regular 9-to-5 before Easter next year, and he’d never been to the UK before.

“At first I was surprised. I mean, London is in Britain and Britain is a bl**dy island for crying out loud! How could there not be a room in any London hotel facing any of the seas that surround it? I told the agent at my local that I didn’t need to be in the city centre, and that I wouldn’t mind spending a little time on the tube getting into town. But still she wouldn’t do it!”

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Evidently, this was what the man was hoping to book in London…

Sally, the novice agent who sat with the man for close to 90 minutes, patiently explained to the man that London was located some way from the coast, and that perhaps he’d prefer staying in Brighton instead. “I thought it was a joke at first. London, a coastal city? Was he having a laugh? I soon realised he was actually serious though and tried my best to teach him a little geography without embarrassing him.”

“And it must of worked,” Sally told the Sydney Inquirer, “because he ended up booking with me (Plaza on the River, London), and walked out of the story feeling happy that he actually learnt something that day!”

Unfortunately, according to a veteran agent we spoke to, who also wishes to remain anonymous, these kinds of strange requests happen all the time in the office. “I actually think it’s getting worse. People just expect the impossible now and they don’t bother to think logically about their plans sometimes.

“I actually feel sorry for these people, and I sometimes think that the travel industry should launch some kind of public awareness campaign to educate the masses on basic geography. Of course, that’s what school is for, but evidently some people are falling through the cracks…

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a KarryOn Comedy article and is obviously satire. It should in no way be taken seriously, unless you want to that is.

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