Some people (mostly, they are inexperienced travelers) choose the countries and attractions they want to visit based on the photos they see on social media or in glossy magazines. They think that when they come to certain countries, all the incredible buildings, statues, beaches, and other attractions will look exactly the same. They forget that, most likely, people who post photos on social media or in magazines filtered and photoshopped them to make them look perfect. In reality, these sites often don't look as awesome. Some of them turn out to be overcrowded, others are covered with litter, and some can even be closed for restoration.
When the high expectations of travelers don't coincide with the reality they see on their trip, they can become disappointed. They see that the Little Mermaid and Manneken Pis don't look as grandeur, but they are just tiny statues surrounded by a crowd of tourists 24/7. They notice that the Great Wall of China isn't as well-preserved as it should be. And they also realize how overpopulated our planet it.
Sure, it's okay to have expectations, when you are getting ready for a new trip. But, the thing is, you should also be ready to see that the reality is different, especially if you are traveling in high season and want to visit extremely popular attractions. If what you see doesn't meet your expectations, don't be sad about it. Learn to accept the reality as it is and see the beauty in everything. In this case, even the most disappointing trip can turn into a good one.
19 Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris - Too Little Respect For The Painting
A lot of people, who come to Louvre, do it with a single aim - to see Mona Lisa, the original painting created by a genius mind of the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci. And, on their way to it, they will also see other paintings, sculptures, and different pieces of art.
Mona Lisa is a great masterpiece that deserves all the attention it gets, but only if people are looking at it and admiring its beauty. But since all of these people in the photo only want to take a picture of the famous painting to later share it over social media and brag that they saw Mona Lisa, it can certainly be called completely disrespectful to this incredible work of art.
18 Trolltunga, Norway - Gaze At The Fjords (And Let Others Stare)
Do you remember the famous rock formation in Trolltunga, Norway that proudly sticks out of the mountains and overlooks magnificent fjords? It's such a great place for Insta-worthy photos and it attracts a lot of people, especially in summer, which is the high season in this area.
You might be dreaming of going to this place, as well, to take one of the most beautiful and memorable photos of your lifetime. But think about all other people, whose dream is also to take the same kind of photo. Just like in the image above, all these people flock to this same spot and stand in line to pretend that they're on the most secluded natural balcony in the world, while making others wait for their turn.
17 Christ The Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro - Selfie Point
The statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the most popular spots in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But, just like many other super popular tourist spots, visiting it has its disadvantages.
The viewing platform, from which you can take a closer look at the 125-feet tall statue, is usually crowded with tourists, attempting to take very similar photos (like the one you see above), which makes the whole experience much less magical. I don't know about you, but I certainly wouldn't like to find myself in a crowd of people standing with their arms spread...
So if you go to Rio, keep in mind that it's better to gaze at the famous statue from afar.
Looks much better, doesn't it?
16 Little Mermaid, Copenhagen - Actually Very Little One
Many of us grew up knowing a story about the Little Mermaid, who fell in love with a man living on land. To get closer to her beloved one, she decided to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid, to come out to the land. FYI, the original story written by Hans Christian Andersen had a much sadder ending than the animated movie adapted by Disney.
Whatever ending you're aware of, you certainly know that there's a Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, Denmark that commemorates the story. A lot of fans go there to visit it, not realizing that it's actually... a little mermaid. A very little one.
Like in the photo above, it's even hard to see the statue standing in front of the crowd of tourists...
15 The Magic Kingdom, Disney World, Florida - Not So Magic
To a lot of people, Disney World is the most magical place on Earth, where they can meet the characters they've known from their childhood, visit the most incredible attractions, and spend the greatest time of their life. But, in reality, everything is a little bit different.
To help you better understand what I mean, let me share a review from Trip Advisor: "The Magic Kingdom is not magic, it is completely overcrowded so that no one can have any fun unless they are determined to ignore reality at all costs." The reviewer goes on to add, "Ridiculous wait times on all rides, fast passes gone in the first hour of the day, strollers everywhere, you can spend a whole day there and manage to get on maybe three rides."
14 Manneken Pis, Brussels - Try To Spot It
Manneken Pis is considered to be one of the main attractions in Brussels, Belgium. It looks very nice in photos on social media of the tourists, who have already been there, and in travel brochures given to visitors. The statue even became a symbol of Brussels, so it seems that it should be rather big.
All these things make tourists think that it's a very significant spot that they certainly must see while in Brussels, but when they actually see it, they might feel disappointed. In reality, Manneken Pis is standing in the corner of a very busy pedestrian street, it's always surrounded by a crowd of tourists, and it's actually very small.
13 Eiffel Tower, Paris - Romantic Lines
The most romantic place in the most romantic city on Earth... The famous spot for romantic dates and proposals... If you haven't guessed it yet, we're talking about Eiffel Tower in Paris. This iconic spot attracts numerous tourists every day. On average, 25,000 people ascend the tower daily and it obviously results in long lines.
So think about it, when you plan your vacation to Paris, especially if you're going in high season or on a national holiday. In this case, it's better to just skip this particular spot and admire the architectural marvel from afar.
Thank us later for saving you from standing in a huge line!
12 Niagara Falls - Bunch Of Raincoat-Clad People
Located along the border between the United States and Canada, Niagara Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls not only on the North American continent but also in the whole world. Even though the best spot to view it is the Canadian side, both sides of the border attract millions of tourists every year. After all, who doesn't want to see a huge, roaring waterfall and take some great photos in front of it?
But, even though Niagara is awesome, the viewing platform around it doesn't look as magical as you might think. It's usually crowded, especially during special events and holidays, and full of people wearing blue raincoats (yes, you're going to have to wear one, as well!).
11 The Leaning Tower of Pisa - Ah, You Know What I Mean...
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is famous for tourists from all over the world for having a tilt and looking like it's about to fall at any moment. I think I'm not going to surprise you if I say that the tilt was completely accidental, as the construction wasn't supposed to have it. Since it was built on unstable ground, that couldn't hold the tower's weight, it began leaning to one side at some point during development.
A lot of visitors "obviously" want to support the structure and make it look like they are holding it in their photos. They might think that it is going to look cool, but in reality, they have a rather silly look, while they're doing it. Besides, everyone, who visits Pisa tries to capture this shot, so you might want to be different from the crowd and, you know, not take this sort of photo.
10 Great Wall of China - In Need Of Reconstruction
The Great Wall of China was constructed to protect the Chinese empires and states from enemies, but now it only serves as a tourist attraction. Visitors flock to it for a reason, because the wall overlooks the country's horizon and provides unique scenic views.
It's certainly one of the must-visit locations in China, especially if you go there off-season to avoid crowds. However, in case you want to walk the full length of the wall, you must be ready to see that some of its spots aren't in their best state and in need of urgent restoration. Sure, time takes its toll on the wall's condition, but millions of tourists coming there also made a large contribution to spoiling this beautiful place.
9 Stonehenge - Gazing From Afar
Stonehenge attracts a lot of people, both typical tourists and mystery lovers, who want to solve the secret of how and why these large stones were erected hundreds of years ago. There are a lot of legends surrounding this place, which make tourists think that it's a must-visit spot if they come to England.
However, Stonehenge isn't as interesting as most visitors think. In the past, tourists could approach and even touch the stones, but now it's possible only at certain times of the year (when it gets extremely crowded). At other times, you can only admire them from afar, which makes the whole view much less magnificent.
8 Gondola Ride, Venice - Beautiful, But Crowded
Venice is a unique city. Devoid of all kinds of transport, except for gondolas, it attracts a lot of travelers every year, due to its beautiful architecture, romantic canals, cozy narrow streets, and nice restaurants serving delicious Italian food. There are no reasons not to like Venice, besides the crowds of tourists flocking to this beautiful city.
Since Venice can get really crowded, at times it becomes arduous to walk its streets and ride its canals on gondolas (that are, by the way, really overpriced). This is why these days it's hard to understand the city's nickname Serenissima, which means "the most or very serene" in translation from Italian. Is it the same Venice we see in the photo above?
7 Taj Mahal, Agra - Shows Two Sides Of India
The famous Taj Mahal is one of the most well-known attractions in India. Many people even associate its image with this country, even though India has so much more to offer. But still, Taj Mahal was named one of the New 7 Wonders of The World for a reason, because it's a truly astonishing piece of architecture.
But what you don't usually see in the photos of tourists is what's located around Taj Mahal. The marvelous building is surrounded by a run-down area covered with garbage and inhabited by extremely poor people. India is truly a land of contrasts, where luxury coexists with poverty side by side, and Taj Mahal is another example that shows it, even though few people notice it.
6 Central Park, New York - Peaceful Picnic? I Don't Think So!
A popular destination for everyone who comes to New York, Central Park is considered to be one of the most peaceful spots in the Big Apple, where you can escape the noise of the City That Never Sleeps. Being the most visited urban park in the USA, it attracts about 40 million tourists every year and it's also a location of filming a lot of movies, as well as doing numerous activities, from yoga and jogging to picnicking and relaxing in nature.
However, at certain times Central Park gets so crowded that one can only dream of a peaceful yoga session or a nice picnic. Besides, it can also be rather dangerous, due to a huge number of pickpockets. So if you come to this park, always be aware of your surroundings.
5 Trekking in the Himalaya - Not Secluded Any More
Once the Himalayan Mountains were the place, where anyone could find a spot to themselves and have a peaceful trek one-on-one with Mother Nature. But today we live in the age of overpopulation when even such secluded locations as the Himalaya can become crowded. As a result, tourists who come in search for a peaceful trek with no one else around can find themselves in a camping site, where it's even hard to find a spot to install a tent...
Of course, we're not talking about all camping sites in the Himalaya. Since this mountain range is huge, there are still places, where you can have some alone time. You just need to know where to go and avoid too popular treks.
4 Casa Mila, Barcelona - Just An Example Of Possible Disappointment
The photo you see above isn't only an architectural marvel created by a genius constructor Antoni Gaudi. It's also an example of how disappointing a tourist trip can turn out to be if you don't check the attractions you want to visit and see whether they are under restoration, or not. Since most of the sites that attract tourists are either old or very old, they need to undergo restoration works from time to time, and, for this reason, you may end up failing to see some of them on your trip.
So be careful while booking a trip, if your main goal is to visit a definite touristic attraction.
Luckily for us, Gaudi's Casa Mila in Barcelona is now fully uncovered and you can see it at its finest!
3 Santorini, Greece - Sunset Crowds
Santorini, Greece, attracts a number of people every year, due to its amazing views and beautiful, dazzling white buildings. It's a very pretty and, normally, not too crowded town, unless you go there in high season, which is July and August.
But if you happen to be in Greece during these summer months, at least avoid going to Santorini at sunset. This is the exact time when tourists flock to the white walls of the city to take photos of the sun setting into the sea. Of course, the view is beautiful, but it's hard to enjoy it, standing in such a huge crowd. So think over the time of your visit a little bit better.
2 Tropical Beaches - In Fact, Many Of Them...
In this entry, we're not talking about some particular tropical beach. We're talking about numerous beaches all over the world. To name a few, Kuta Beach in Bali, Phuket beaches in Thailand, and some of the beaches on the Maldives are sure to disappoint visitors, who expect to see tropical paradise but end up sunbathing on dirty beaches covered with lots of garbage.
In fact, looking at the photo above must make us think a lot about the way we travel and about the things we leave behind ourselves. Leaving so much garbage, we turn tropical paradise into some kind of "tropical hell". Let's start being more conscious and finally stop polluting our mother nature, to make sure that we're going to have a better future on this planet!
1 Extreme Sports Vacations - They Don't Always Go As Planned
But let's end our list on a funny note! When you try something new, you often fail, especially if you don't want to take it slow, like this person in the photo above, who's obviously having his first snowboarding ride. But it doesn't mean that you shouldn't try. Instead, you should be ready that things might not work at first when you're learning new skills. And don't be disappointed, when something goes against your expectations on your trip.
So if all of us love traveling and appreciate our planet for having all these places to visit and providing us with numerous opportunities to have fun, let's agree on a few things. First, let's be conscious of our behavior toward the natural. Second, let's try new things, even if we fail at first try. And third, let's try to plan our vacations wisely so that we can avoid all the disappointments listed above!