Times Square, New York
Times Square is amazing, what with all the bright lights and things to do. But, and it’s a big but, it’s always crowded. We’re not talking a few hundred people either. There are thousands of people walking about, rushing to get to their destinations. So, while the pictures do look nice, it’s not nearly as glamorous getting knocked about, pushed and shoved every five steps.
Rome is a place that just about everyone in the world wants to travel to for a variety of reasons; the food is great, the architecture is beautiful, and the culture is so much fun. It’s the reason why over ten thousand people visit sites like the Colosseum every day. You’d have to get up very early every single day to be able to get glimpses of the Trevi Fountain or a picture of the Spanish Steps without anyone sitting on them.
Las Vegas, Nevada
If you’re into gambling and partying the night (and day) away, Vegas is the place for you. But what people don’t tell you is that this place is hot! Not only that, there are so many lines all over the place- getting into shows, nightclubs, restaurants and even walking on the sidewalk- that it can seem like you’re spending more time walking and waiting than enjoying yourself.
Let’s face it, Phuket is an Instagrammer’s paradise with luxurious resorts, crystal clear waters, and countless photo opportunities.
The city is also known for being able to see and ride elephants, many of which are mistreated. Its beaches while beautiful are often shared with hundreds if not thousands of other people, one of the reasons why they are seen loaded with trash.
The Red Light District, The Netherlands
The Red Light District, known for its legalized sexual services scene, is one of the first places that comes to mind when you think about Amsterdam.
But this city isn’t for the conservative or the weak at heart, nudity comes with the territory, and once the clock strikes 11 pm, the district becomes extremely crowded and not the safest of places.
It’s always great to visit new places especially if its selling point includes the Nile River, the Giza Necropolis and the Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
Just trying to get to Cairo can be very expensive and the flight time can exceed 10 hours if you are in anywhere west of New York. Once you get there, being hassled by salesmen and seeing the pyramids in a large crowd is not the experience that people hope for.
Some of the world’s greatest movies have been filmed in one of the many studios in Hollywood and the prospect of seeing one of your favorite stars is a great reason to go.
But if you factor in the LA’s terrible traffic, how expensive it is to stay there, how crowded the “walk of fame”, “Disneyland”, and “Santa Monica pier” are, then you won’t be planning a trip there anytime soon.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is an architectural disaster which became one of the most recognized monuments in the world. Initially tilting because of its inadequate foundation, the bell tower has amazing views for those able to climb it.
With that being said, many have said that the climb isn’t worth it, and if you’re thinking about taking one of those classically cheesy selfies where you push the monument, then you should expect at least 5 to 20 photobombers.
London can be found on almost everyone’s bucket list and for good reason. With landmarks like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge, it’s easy to understand why.
Unfortunately, all of those sites listed above are some of the most visited places in the city and not only do you need to get advanced tickets, at least a few days, to visit these places, the lines to get there are often very long.
Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most well-known symbols in the United States. A gift from France, she stands over 305 feet tall in the heart of New York City.
But don’t get too excited. Thousands of people have expressed their regret about this place, their main complaint being that is just isn’t worth it. The lines take up most of the time and the view really isn’t all that.
When you hear the word Cancun, most people think of “affordability”, “flavorful food”, “great weather”, and “beautiful beaches”.
Unfortunately, some other words/phrases that come to mind include “over-priced activities”, “aggressive vendors”, and “safety issues”. And if you would like to visit in March or April, you’ll be swarmed by inebriated college kids.
Stonehenge is one of the more mysterious rocks on planet earth and people have been speculating for centuries, just where it came from and who put it there.
But in real life, they’re really just stones that crowds of people flock to see every year. All the mystery is taken away by loud person chewing gum right next to you and the children begging their parents to see something more interesting.
Mykonos is a picturesque island which is known for its unique architecture and lit parties.
Because of all of the attention that it has received from the celebrities who vacation there, the Greek isle is often very crowded and very expensive. To add insult to injury, there aren’t as many beaches as the other islands which you can visit for less than half the price.
Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal is a beautiful place and a gift from a husband to his beloved wife. The place is picture perfect and looks as pristine as it was when it was first built.
But what people don’t tell you is how far you’d have to drive to even get there. To make things worse, the line to get inside is crazy ridiculous to get inside and when you do, you’re far from alone. Maybe it would do better to get a postcard if you’re in the area- or stay outside.
The Mona Lisa, The Louvre
The Mona Lisa, which was completed by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1517, is the most well-known painting in the world, and even the director of the Louvre has said that over 80% of the museum’s visitors come just to see it.
On top of having to compete to see the artwork, it sits behind a 1.52- inch-thick layer of bulletproof glass and there is also a wooden fence and a rope fence (on occasion) to keep viewers back.