11 Famous Places That Don’t Look Anything Like They Are Advertised

11 Famous Places That Don’t Look Anything Like They Are Advertised

Do you remember the saying, “All that glitters is not gold”? Well, the saying is true when it comes to travelling. While you might see a stunning beach with blue waters on your friends Instagram page, it might not look like that in real life. Travel agencies, as well as people, like to edit their photos to make them more appealing. This technique is used to attract visitors to a certain country or to get some extra Instagram followers. So, before you pack your bags and head out to a destination based on an Instagram post or magazine cover, take a look at these 11 famous places in real-life.




1. GREAT WALL OF CHINA

It snakes along for miles, beautifully devoid of anyone but you.

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In reality, there are humans everywhere.

In reality, there are humans everywhere.

2. EGYPTIAN PYRAMIDS

We imagine a vast desert, the scorching sun, camels, and other Egyptian attributes when we hear “Egyptian pyramids”.

We imagine a vast desert, the scorching sun, camels, and other Egyptian attributes when we hear “Egyptian pyramids”.

In reality, these masterpieces are extremely close to the city with millions of street vendors and locals trying to prey on tourists.

In reality, these masterpieces are extremely close to the city with millions of street vendors and locals trying to prey on tourists.

3. CHRIST THE REDEEMER

Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer is a sight to behold.

Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer is a sight to behold.

You would have a much better experience and be able to enjoy the scenery from a distance. Like any other tourist destination, the spot is insanely packed.

You would have a much better experience and be able to enjoy the scenery from a distance. Like any other tourist destination, the spot is insanely packed.

4. MONA LISA

The Mona Lisa is patiently waiting for you to take that perfect photo or selfie.

Mona-Lisa,The Mona Lisa is just waiting for you to take that perfect photo.

That is, if you are strong enough to push through hundreds of people trying to do the same thing.

if you can even get a perfect photo from 10 feet away and through a massive crowd.

5. NIAGARA FALLS

Niagara Falls, located in both the United States and Canada, is quite magical.

Niagara Falls is magical.

In reality, if you are lucky enough, you will get too see the bottom of the falls.

More like fighting to get to see the waterfalls

6. VIALE VATICANO

Enjoying the beautiful paintings on the ceilings and walls in Viale Vaticano, Roma, Italy.

Viale Vaticano, Roma, Italy

It’s really a cattle herd with a beautiful ceiling.

It's really a mosh pit with a beautiful ceiling.

7. EIFFEL TOWER

What’s a trip to Paris without a shot of the Eiffel Tower?

What's a trip to Paris without a shot of the Eiffel Tower?

There’s a long line to get close to the Eiffel Tower. It’s best to enjoy the structural beauty from a mile or two away.

There's a long line to get close to the Eiffel Tower. It's best to enjoy the structural beauty from a mile or two away.

8. DISNEY WORLD

It is the most magical place on Earth…

Disney World, the most magical place on Earth.

…unless you have claustrophobia, that is.

If you don't suffer from claustrophobia, that is.

9. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that is known for its beaches, resorts and golfing.

Dominican Republic

Walk a mile away from the popular beaches and this is the view you will see.

Take a walk a few KM’s from your next resort, here is what the beaches of the world really look like these days.

10. TAJ MAHAL

The gorgeous Taj Mahal mausoleum, located in Agra, India.

On the internet, there are millions of pictures of the gorgeous Taj Mahal surrounded by incredible views. Unfortunately, it’s located near a huge garbage dumping ground. It used to be a spot for tourists, but the area has now become a home for dogs, mosquitoes, snakes, and vultures and now seriously interferes with the beauty of the Monument of Love.

The internet is filled with gorgeous views of the Taj Mahal. It’s beauty is indeed overwhelming but sadly, the Taj Mahal is located near a huge garbage dumping ground.

Taj Mahal, trash, dump, landfill

11. BUCKINGHAM PALACE

People love watching Buckingham Palace’s changing of the guards.

People love watching Buckingham Palace's guards change.

Apparently, a lot of people love watching Buckingham Palace’s guards change.

Apparently, *a lot* of people love watching Buckingham Palace's guards change.

Have you ever been to a famous tourists hotspot and were disappointed? Share your experience with us through the comments section.

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