These days most people don't wear rose-colored glasses, they opt for an Instagram filter instead. Which is why traveling has become so disappointing—where are those idyllic beaches that you saw online? It was better when we could only read about those exotic places and imagine them; now, ruined by Instagram, your expectations will never match up to reality.


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So come, join us—pull back the veil and see the Truth for yourself. Bored Panda has collected this list of Travel Expectation VS Reality. Which false advertising photo has the best let-down photo? Vote, and make your voice heard! Or, you can check out these Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their Surroundings.

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#1 Visiting The Great Wall Of China

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Zhu Difeng Report

FatéméAhmadi 8 months ago

I prefer to see the photos and enjoy...

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#2 Taking Photos With Leaning Tower Of Pisa In Italy

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Martin Parr Report

DariaB 8 months ago

Ahahaah!!! Looks like a Stephen Chow style kung-fu lesson.

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#3 Admiring Mona Lisa In Louvre Museum, Paris, France

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sergeymk Report

ElnetoCibrian 8 months ago

I was there, totally true There was people waiting only for the selfie, nobody was even looking Lisa :(

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#4 Having A Picnic Near The Eiffel Tower In Paris, France

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LRD Report

DariaB 8 months ago

Soooooo romantic.....

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#5 Learning A New Hobby On A Ski Trip

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More Kids Than Suitcases Report

PandaBear 8 months ago

Why isn't this one up the top!? This is the best one yet

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#6 Sunbathing In The Famous Beach Of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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miguelangelpulidoj Report

LucaGiordano 8 months ago

that is not quite fair :-) that is during a concert on that beach :-)

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#7 Taking A Peaceful Gondola Ride In Venice, Italy

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Lumi Toma Report

AlepandaPandusco 8 months ago

I've never seen such a traffic jam in the canal!

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#8 Relaxing On The Gorgeous Beaches Of Maldives

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Alexander Brown Report

NataliaBerowska 8 months ago

Actually the difference between this images is simple. One was taking in expensive hotel where probably someone cleans the beach and other was taking on the public beach where inhabitants don't give a sh*t about it.

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#9 Walking Around Santorini Island, Greece

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paowmagazine Report

LuisMilian 8 months ago

this one was my next vacation pick....back to research mode.

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#10 Checking Out The Breathtaking Glory Of The Taj Mahal, India

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Marvin Bartels Report

GerardHollestelle 8 months ago

Go there at six in the morning and the first picture is reality

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#11 Enjoying Your Private Moments On The Beaches Of Thailand

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Gunter Flegar Report

NotchimineMette 8 months ago

This place was way more crowded when I was there. And the petrol fumes were stifling... I was sooo upset.

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#12 Admiring The Trevi Fountain In Rome, Italy

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Rilind H Report

#13 Watching The Stonehenge During Sunset, United Kingdom

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Crisher Entertainment Report

Debbie 8 months ago

Please note: I am from the UK and only on the longest day of the year ( summer solstice) do people gather to watch the sun rising. ( This image is quite misleading as it gives the impression it's always like this! ).

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#14 Visiting Pyramids Of Giza In Cairo, Egypt

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Edward Ewert Report

Ada-LeeQuirk 8 months ago

Best to arrive either very, very early n the day, or later in the afternoon or evening. And bring a lot of bottled water, it's hot as blazes and waiting in one can be very overwhelming. Plus I wouldn't advise going up in the pyramid if you have any claustrophbia. It's hot, dark, and has no air flow.

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#15 Climbing Mount Everest, Nepal

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Barry Bishop Report

ArekCzuchraj 8 months ago

Hillary Steps always crowded , beside there is 4-6 weeks weather window and from it only 2 weeks for summit attack , as well sinc 90's commercial tour operators took over this rock , from first climb in 53 numbers of 'climbers' went ballistic , you have money , you go everest ... Fukcud up a bit

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#16 Hanging Out At The Spanish Steps In Italy With Your Sweetheart

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PeterJot Report

YanayTsabary 8 months ago

Who is this model?? I swear to god I see her everywhere it's starting to get creepy

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#17 Admiring Little Mermaid In Copenhagen, Denmark

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wallpaperswiki.com Report

JesperBové 8 months ago

No matter what, the first one is photoshopped, she is not sitting with open water in the background but in the harbour of CPH. And yes she is tiny, hence the name, Little Mermaid.

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#18 Enjoying St. Peter's Square Before Entering The Beautiful Basilica In Vatican City

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Erik Gamache Report

Kostas 8 months ago

this line moves very fast. it's just for the metal detector and dress code control

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#19 Walking In Sheep Meadow, In New York's Central Park, United States

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Ekabhishek Report

Debbie 8 months ago

Come on people!!! This was just taken on a very hot day. Not really fair!!!!!

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#20 Visiting The Acropolis Of Athens, Greece

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imgur.com Report

VaggelisKaradimas 8 months ago

Well, the photo "after" shows Propylaia of Acropolis and not Parthenon. The temple is at the back of the photographer.

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