People are used to seeing places of beauty and imagining how lovely it would be to visit such places. Often the tourist destinations are pictured in the most beautiful manner to give the maximum effect to the place and entice people. The pictures look splendid and people then imagine that this is actually how the place looks like and they keep waiting to go just go there and spend some quality time and money of course.
Some places are really beautiful and serene to look at and are worth spending time and money. Also some places are genuinely easily accessible and you can spend time admiring the place. But people who love to travel and explore new places can give many tips on how to not expect any exotic feeling at the places which are hotbed for tourists.
Here are 12 such examples where the expectation vs. reality actually shatters the image you have of that place in your mind.
1. Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning tower of Pisa is a bell tower in Italy and was built in 1372. The reason behind its leaning is that it was made on sand and started sinking and tilting as the construction reached the second floor in 1178. It is one of the most visited places in world and amongst the seven wonders of world. People love to take their pictures looking like they are keeping the tower from falling over. If that was in your mind, then you should not be surprised to know that almost every tourist visiting the tower has the same idea, only poses are different.
2. Beach at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil is a South American nation that is known for its soccer prowess, beautiful women and its awe inspiring sea beaches. The sand is purely white and the water is very clear. Local people and tourists love to spend time on the beach soaking in the sun and enjoying the water.
But the images shown of the beaches usually show them pretty empty, but in reality, the beaches get overcrowded with tourists and locals who come there to enjoy the water and the sun. Not the kind of relaxation that you had in the mind. Eh??
The Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, England and is considered as one of the prehistoric monuments and it is also on the list of UNESCO heritage sites. Believed to be constructed in 2000 BC to 3000 BC, the purpose for the construction is still unknown. But the pictures of the site make them look beautiful and breathtaking. But if you will visit the place, it will be chock full of tourists like you taking pictures of the same breathtaking monument.
4. Gondola ride in Venice
One of the most romantic things to do in Venice is to take rides in the gondola along the canals in the city. The image of sitting with your loved ones, while the gondola person takes you on a ride in the canals may give you goosebumps. But you won’t be the only one in the canals on a gondola, as the rides are a pretty hot tourist activity and it can become like rush hour traffic on the highways.
5. Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is the eternal sign of love. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1653. It cost an estimated amount of 827 million USD in today’s estimates. The Taj Mahal presents a lovely image of serenity and love. But in actuality, visiting Taj Mahal is often recommended in Indian winters in order to beat the heat in Northern India. But even then, it is full of tourists both from India and other countries and it will be a struggle to take your time and admire the beauty.
6. Mount Everest
The World’s tallest mountain Mount Everest is located in Nepal and has been a fascination of mountain climbers all over the world. It is 8,848 meters high and was first conquered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.
But if you are looking to conquer the mountain yourself, you need to register and then wait for your number on the wait list. And even during the climb, apart from conditions, you will find traffic of climbers wanting to get their moment of glory itself and lots of dead bodies, which have been left there as landmarks for climbers.
7. The Pyramids of Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt are the remnants of the once powerful Egyptian dynasty. They were built in the 2000 BC era. The most magnificent one is the great Pyramid of Giza or Khufu’s pyramid. It was originally 146.5 meters high. It looks extremely regal and lovely. In reality, there are long waiting lines in order to visit the pyramids and check them out from the inside. Since the pyramids are thousands of years old, people are let in bunches to inspect them.
8. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of bricks by the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang in 220-206 BCE. The wall is around 13,171 miles long and has been a part of most of the western movies that show China in them. Most tourists would love to walk a stretch of the wall and that’s what tourists do. They click pictures and walk along the wall and its gets very crowded. Not something you want to do on a holiday.
9. Eiffel tower
Another romantic place is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is the place where most couples get engaged and one of the favorite pastimes is to have a picnic with your loved ones on the lawns of the tower. But the problem is that the lawns are mostly filled with locals who enjoy spending time there and tourists who have the same idea.
10. Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum
The Mona Lisa painted by the great Leonardo Da Vinci is perhaps the most recognized thing in the world. It was painted by the master during 1503-1507. It has been in the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797. It is the main attraction in the museum and if your idea is to stand there and admire the beauty of the masterpiece, well you will have to share space with hundreds of other eager tourists who just want to click a photo of the original.
11. Maldives beaches
The beaches of Maldives islands are known for their serenity and white sand and crystal clear water. It’s a perfect place for a romantic getaway. The only problem that one might face is the same idea shared by hundreds of other tourists and the pollution and debris of wastes left by tourist that make the beaches look like dumpster bin.
12. Vatican City
The Vatican City is the holiest place for Christians and many people go there to see and hear the Pope talk. Other popular tourist attraction is the St. Peter’s Basilica. Constructed in the November of 1626, the Basilica houses the tomb of St. Peter. It attracts over 80,000 people every year as the Pope performs various liturgies in the chapel. The place gets crowded like crazy and there are long lines to enter and see the Basilica.