With the pandemic having put our lives on unprecedented hold, many are dreaming of returning to norm… Who are we lying to? The sole, okay, one of the little things, we truly miss badly is traveling. And I can bet that at any given opportunity, you’d be up and rolling with a fedora to any place in the world just to sip on a pina colada and forget the comfort-turned-hell of your four home walls.

And it’s no secret that many thirsty travelers have must-see travel bucket lists somewhere in the drawer waiting for the borders to open up. For some, it’s Times Square and Hollywood, for others, it’s all about dinner with a view at the Eiffel Tower, but as you’re about to plan your next big post-pandemic trip, you may as well take some good advice from people who have been to those places, but would likely travel back in time to not go there.

So below, ladies and gents, are the most overrated travel destinations shared in one r/AskReddit thread to help us reflect on our sightseeing must-dos before its too late.

#1

Overrated-Travel-Destinations The Mona Lisa in Louvre in Paris. It's just a small painting hanging quite far away in a really crowded room full of tourists. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful, iconic painting, but it's not worth visiting the Louvre only for the Mona Lisa. The majority of the other artworks in that museum are more impressive than the Mona Lisa.

cheeseguy_ , Artotem Report

lenka
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1 month ago

And can be appreciated at leisure, closer to the works and without the sea of phones in your face

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#2

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Dubai.
Unless you're really into spending all day in an air conditioned building, then going to the air conditioned basement to get in an air conditioned car to travel to the air conditioned basement of another air conditioned building in which case, do I have a city for you!

Invunche , themonnie Report

JennyLaRue
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes! From a business travel point of view, it was great as everything was easy and you can get anything you might be missing from home, but anything to do for leisure or tourism just feels completely synthetic.

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#3

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Hollywood. The most disappointing garbage and pee covered place on earth.

existentialism91342 , Shinya Suzuki Report

Bardhi's Dad
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1 month ago

However, I would like to see it

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#4

Overrated-Travel-Destinations The peak of Mount Everest. People just pay sherpas to carry all their gear, and navigate the dangerous areas. Many have heated tents. The line to wait to get a picture at the top can be extremely long, and dangerous because people aren’t used to the altitude.

jchanceh9lol , https://www.flickr.com/photos/hagleitn/ Report

If I could I would live under water
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1 month ago

Plus, they leave tons and tons of waste, plastic bags and garbage everywhere, it's awful and sad.

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#5

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Pisa.

Besides the small square with the tower where everyone is taking the same stupid joke pic. And guys tryna sell you toys.

The rest of the town is pretty lame. You're in Tuscany, go to ANY small town and you'll enjoy it far more.

patch173 , Ed Webster Report

lenka
Community Member
1 month ago

This is true. Pisa is wierd and kinda cool but very much a tourist trap. That said, I had one of my best Italian meals in a tiny restaurant in Pisa. I asked my taxi driver where he takes his wife for thier anniversary. It was reasonably priced, really nice atmosphere and amazingly good food.

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#6

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Hollywood walk of fame. Haven't seen a dirtier road.

mirgyasen , news.com.au Report

Sum Guy
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1 month ago

And... you are going there to see a walkway with people's names on it

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#7

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Japan has such a romanticized view of France that they actually have a term, "Paris Syndrome", for the sudden shock suffered by Japanese tourists when they see that France isn't how they imagined.

onlysane1 , Pedro Szekely Report

lenka
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1 month ago

not to mention the rubbish and dog s**t in the streets.

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#8

Overrated-Travel-Destinations I didn’t get anything out of Las Vegas. It was cool to see the themed hotels but besides that it was just an overpriced cultureless soulless city designed to entertain you.

viktor72 , matze_ott Report

Cupcake168
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1 month ago (edited)

I have been there 23 years ago, and than you had at least HUGE pools in the morning for you all alone and delicious food for little money. Didn’t spend a single dollar at gambling.

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#9

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Egypt, all the beauty and awe of the ancient civilisation is completely outshone by how absolutely horrible the modern civilisation is. Think of all the worst parts of India and then add sand to it.

PublicOccasion , Michael Ravodin Report

Elle Malkamäki
Community Member
1 month ago

So true! Cairo is horrifying. All the pics you see of the pyramids are taken from this side, if you’re standing on the other side, shithole Cairo is right there in all it’s dirty glory. Whatever you do don’t drink the water!! I forgot on my last day and rinsed my toothbrush under the tap. Never been so ill in my life. The museum is incredible, but full of people trying to scam you.

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#10

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Times square on new years. If you know, you know

LeSenpaii , Anthony Quintano Report

Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Most new year parties are awful all over the world... the best I have had in the past few years is a bit of alcohol, a fire outside, music and friends. (December is full on summer here)

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#11

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Bali. It was beautiful 10 years ago but now it's been ruined by influencers.

gitwiz89 , Uwe Aranas Report

Cupcake168
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1 month ago

Same with most famous nature spots on earth. I recently saw a picture of a mountaintop where people stand in a line to get THAT one picture. It’s a pity.

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#12

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Stonehenge. They don't let you get very close to it to help preserve it. Either way you get just about as good a view of it from the Highway going by it as you do by waiting in line and paying to go see it. I appreciate what it represents, but if you put on a youtube video of it you will get a more personal and close experience of it then if you actually go there.

anonymous , mari Report

Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
1 month ago

I went there in the mid-90s and I was very disappointed (probably served me right as I should've known). It's a bunch of standing stones in a field. Don't get me wrong, it is incredibly important historically, but ... stones in a field. Plus, Britain is littered with stone circles. This one just happens to be more famous.

Michael Nogas
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1 month ago

You're not even mildly in awe of the fact that 25 ton stones were moved from hundreds of kilometers away in a time before the wheel?

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Not Proud British
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1 month ago

They have an interactive centre there now, but if you want a secret.... visit the Avebury stone circle which is not that far from Stonehenge. It was built during the Neolithic period, you can go up and touch the stones and best of it - IT'S FREE!

Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

Avebury is absolutely magical. It's also home to Silbury Hill, the highest prehistoric man-made burial mound in Europe.

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lenka
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1 month ago

Its a shame really. I was there many years ago before access was completely removed. You used to be able to walk up quite close and it was quite awe inspiring, but disrespectful tourists have ruined it for others.

Vicky Z
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1 month ago

That's what happens most of the times! A few people are ruining it for everyone!

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Michael Nogas
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1 month ago

I definitely would recommend going. I went last year hiking through fields from the opposite side of the tourist entrance (totally free!). You walked along the path that would have been walked on when it was in use. It was a great experience seeing the stones grow from tiny dots in the distance and really enjoyed it.

Xandra
Community Member
1 month ago

I loved visiting Stonehenge, even if I couldn't get close it's still awe inspiring, for me at least. It's not the same seeing sights on a computer screen, you don't feel the same things.

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

The point is to visit the place, not to see it on youtube or on picture. Or am I wrong?

lenka
Community Member
1 month ago

You are right. But it is hard to appreciate the size and the engineering feat it would have been from so far away. Still worth the trip though I think.

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Islandchild
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1 month ago

You don't go to just see the stones, it that's your plan look at pictures. You go to feel the place. Connect with something ancient.

Sara Diogo
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1 month ago

I can't agree on this one. I find Stonehenge absolutely magical. Instead get there early and avoid the crowds.

SueMcB
Community Member
1 month ago

We went there for the dawn tour where you walk among the stones. There was a fog dissipating and it was actually quite magical!

Kelly Murray
Community Member
1 month ago

I really enjoyed seeing Stonehenge. I do hate that there is a highway basically running through it now.

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

However, if you contact the proper authorities and claim that your visit is a religious one, you can get a private tour before the public tours begin, and actually wander amongst the stones. At least, you could a few years ago.

Phendrena
Community Member
1 month ago

I went there as a child in the 80's. At that point we could get right up close to the stones. It was a grey and dull day, I can't say I was impressed but I was probably only 8 or 9 at the time!

Katinka Min
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1 month ago

I'm a bit sad I never got to travel to it decades ago, when you could still approach it. But it does need to be protected.

Dee Stern
Community Member
1 month ago

Save your money and time and go to Carhenge in Nebraska. Much more impressive and interesting.

Yvette Schmidt
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1 month ago

And there is always "Foamhenge" in Virginia, near Natural Bridge. 😅

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I Liquored On
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1 month ago

I went there in the mid 2000s. If you go online you can book an early morning visit in small groups. Went at 7 in the morning with my then gf and some german 'druids'. You can go into the circle touch the stones and everything. We smoked a joint and watched the germans charge their crystals on the stones and go AHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM and chanting at the sun while shaking some drum thingies. Was very cool and worth the 30 quid. We then went with them to Avebury and got pissed in the Red Dragon.

David Brier
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1 month ago

I was there in 1990. Was much less restrictive.

H Edwards
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1 month ago

Do they still allow people to actually enter the circle at the summer solstice?

Gail Adams
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1 month ago

Yes although last year was virtual due to covid.. Not sure what the plans are for this year, but a couple of years ago I was there.. Watching the sunrise with my cheek pressed against a stone.. It was a experience that had been on n my bucket list for a while.. Awesome if you get a chance to go.. :)

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Eva Verde
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1 month ago

Also, when you happen to drive by it, there's suddenly a huuuge traffic jam and cars move soo slowly... Because people want to look at Stone Henge from their cars, so they slow down :/ Ridiculous

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

you can park on a side road near it. This is closer than when you pay to see it.

Derek Clark
Community Member
1 month ago

As a person very into the Celtic culture, I had been looking forward to this. What I saw was stones surrounded by parking lots. You get to walk around it from a distance, with this electronic guide attached to your ear, with loads of people around and the backdrop of tourist busses.

Justyna G.
Community Member
1 month ago

I really enjoyed Stonehenge. You cannot walk between the rocks, but you can walk around the circle and there is no high fence. It felt very peaceful and people were respectful, just walking around, no wild crowds. Say what you want but I liked it and I appreciated the experience.

Jackie MacGregor
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1 month ago

I went was I was 7...1955. I remember it fondly and wandered around touching these amazing stones. Whe I returned to England when I was 21, my girlfriend was driving (we had been to Cornwall and returning o Norfolk) . She would t stop the car. B and B was more important than a bunch of old stones. I gazed longingly as we passed by on the road. No fences, no crowds. A regrettable and memorable experience for me.

Kimberly Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

Also, if you get a hotdog across the street, remember mustard in England is a lot different than the US.

Linda Holland
Community Member
1 month ago

As a kid many years ago, you could climb all over it but it was still boring

Martha Higgins
Community Member
1 month ago

I was there in 1968 before you couldn't get near it. Roaming around the stones was a bit magical at twilight.

Aileen Grist
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1 month ago

Avebury - not that far away (24 miles) is so much better. There's a village in the stone circle and you can walk among the stones

Satirical Duchess
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1 month ago

as a local I have to disagree. it's actually pretty fun, but each to their own I guess. if you have driven more than like an hour to see it, it may come across as a little underwhelming I suppose.

Seabeast
Community Member
1 month ago

I found it worth visiting, but Karnac in Brittany was more impressive.

Altea
Community Member
1 month ago

Newgrange in Ireland is so much better. And older

Rebeka Gyulai
Community Member
1 month ago

Its not disappointing cause it is “just stangind stones”. It is disappointing as it is nearly not as big as in pictures. Quite small actually compared to the expectations. :/

Debi Blackshaw
Community Member
1 month ago

My friend took me to Stonehenge as a birthday treat cos I'd always wanted to go. I got some nice photos then someone poked me in the eye with her umbrella and I needed treatment. I would agree a virtual tour would be better that actually going. Less painful too lol

Jenny Gordon
Community Member
1 month ago

I have been close up to the stones at Stonehenge. It was the summer solstice in 2001 and around 20,000 of us crusty, weird folk turned up to spend the night there and watch the sunrise. It was stunning and such a great atmosphere. I would also follow the advice of others who've mentioned Avebury here. It's a lovely chilled out place. Also, Woodhenge is close by and worth a visit.

Stannous Flouride
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1 month ago

They're planning on building an exact replica of it like they did of theLascaux and Chauvet caves. That should allow people to get a small sense of what the original is like. But as others have said, there are henges, circles, and standing stones all over the British Isles and Brittany that are just as old and less packed with tourists.

Wilf
Community Member
1 month ago

You can't experience Stonehenge unless you experience the huge ancient ceremonial landscape that it sits in. Most tourists fail to appreciate that and focus on just the stones. Then they're disappointed.

jjdubs W
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1 month ago

I got to go there in the 70's when you were able to walk up to them. I found it amazing. (You still were told not to touch them, however.) Sad that you can't get a closer view nowadays....

FatRabbit
Community Member
1 month ago

I agree with this. I am of the age where I got to touch the stones & visited a lot as a kid as I lived in Hampshire and drove through Wiltshire a lot. I can see why it's been protected though, but it's such a massive site you can see it from the side of the A303

another one
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1 month ago

There are many other henges in the UK as well, and many of them have nobody else around.

Hannah Edwards
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1 month ago

Visit Avebury instead.

Bubble Gum Bandit
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1 month ago

They got more protective after Clark Griswald ran into it.

Stacy Parker
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1 month ago

You can get up close and personal if you are willing to get up early. I went in 2012 and took the early morning tour and was able to walk among the stones

Carolyn Brain
Community Member
1 month ago

Only being able to view it from a distance does make it a little "meh". The best stone circle I've visited is Castlerigg in the Lake District. The location and the view is completely breathtaking and you can walk among the stones.

Alexandru Bucur
Community Member
1 month ago

I saw them once, in 1998. Back then the road was literally going past it and you had to go through a tunnel to get from the parking to the stones... Even so, they were rather disappointing, because of all the people. On the other hand, my sister saw them last week for the first time, but only because her and her boyfriend happened to go past on their way to Cornwall so they stopped for a couple of minutes. They were the only ones there, save for some sheep.

Cynthia Carter
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I was there when I was 12 in 1963 and we could walk all around the stones, I even perched on one that had fallen over. But I understand why they keep people away from it now, a stone did fall over sometime afterwards. And there was gravel around them, now it's grass.

Mini Muppet
Community Member
1 month ago

People travel too much and ruin everything.

jamie1707
Community Member
1 month ago

I went there when you could actually walk up to it. That was many years ago. I wouldn't go today on a bet.

Gogubaci
Community Member
1 month ago

I actually saw it by accident while driving around UK

pegs
Community Member
1 month ago

You've missed the point entirely. If you read anything at the visitor centre you'll learn You can walk the same route as our ancestors to get to it. If you want to touch the stones; go at a solstice. But if you just want a picture, go somewhere else and don't learn anything.

El Dee
Community Member
1 month ago

These are the stones as they are now. They were 'reconstructed' about a century ago. So not exactly 'genuine'

brukernavn340
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1 month ago

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Brett Connor
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1 month ago

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it was erected in the 30's not millennia ago.

M O'Connell
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1 month ago

May I ask what peer-reviewed archaeological publications you are drawing that conclusion from? Especially considering that we have photographs of the thing going back to 1875.

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Donkey boi
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1 month ago

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Also it has been "restored". Those horizontal stones... yeah they have absolutely no idea if they were ever laid across the top of other stones (and now historians think that they were probably were standing upright as well). But most of all it really is just some big stones on a hill in the middle of nowhere.

John Braines
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1 month ago

It is not on top of a hill! Have you really been there. The people who have worked on the site clearly have more understanding than you.

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#13

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Oktoberfest

You can get the same brand and amount of beer for a third of the price literally anywhere else in Munich. The carnival rides are also overcrowded and overpriced, the food is decent but also overpriced... I could go on. Oktoberfest is over-everything.

TeaOnWine , 46137 Report

Cupcake168
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1 month ago

I lived in Munich for a decade and haven’t ever been there. For a reason.

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#14

Overrated-Travel-Destinations If you're in Dublin, stay away from the Temple Bar area, it's ridiculously overpriced and is not at all what a real Irish bar is like at all

ois2400 , Heather R Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

I have been there, and I like it. As I like beers, Dublin, and Ireland, in general. Btw, I'm from Balkans

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#15

Overrated-Travel-Destinations UAE, it's the most culturally deficient place you will ever see in your life!!

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GirlFriday
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1 month ago

I agree completely. It was like they went out of their way to make everything as generic as possible.

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#16

Overrated-Travel-Destinations That wing mural in Nashville.. there is literally a line that takes an hour to go take a picture with a pair of wings on a wall.

nateisgreat1017 , tripadvisor Report

Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

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#17

Overrated-Travel-Destinations The Taj Mahal. Yes, it's beautiful but it's also overcrowded which ruins any serenity and every thing that there's to see is visible on the pictures you've seen a thousand times before. The inside is dark, surprisingly small and you're rushed through. Agra Fort, overlooking the Taj Mahal, by contrast is equally gorgeous, vibrant and teeming with history. I enjoyed it much more.

misringuette , Christopher John SSF Report

Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago

The history of Taj Mahal is also dark.

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#18

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Brussels. If you're in Belgium, visit Ghent and Bruges.

HamiltonSlashLaurens , Sam Greenhalgh Report

Delgada
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1 month ago

Brussels is actually really nice, especially in the spring. But Bruges is simply magical.

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#19

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Romeo & Juliet balcony & house in Verona, Italy. Pure tourism BS

CharlesBronx , Sarah Report

JennyLaRue
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1 month ago

This one has always baffled me as surely it's just a random balcony that just happens to be in the town where someone in England wrote a fictitious story that also had a balcony in it.

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#20

Overrated-Travel-Destinations South Beach/Miami

Over priced bars and clubs, if youre a dude and you dont have a fine group of women with you, be ready to drop serious cash for a night out if youre there. There are better beaches up and down the coast, that wont force you into the terrible traffic and parking SB has.

MrBoliNica , Piutus Report

Sum Guy
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1 month ago

I can almost see will smith getting s**t while racing martin lawrence

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#21

Overrated-Travel-Destinations definitely Mallorca - I'm German enough, I don't want to hear 90% German on holiday in Spain as well. The quieter, less central parts of Mallorca are gorgeous, especially for snorkeling and diving, but the Playa de Palma, or at least that part, is horrendously German lol

yeetaliano , Kyle Taylor Report

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1 month ago

German here. The island itself is gorgeous and should not be confused with that one place on Mallorca called "Ballermann".

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#22

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Disneyland. It's just a lot of waiting for bad rides.

anonymous , William Warby Report

Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

I dunno if it's true or not but my mum says Six flags is heaps better than Disneyland.

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#23

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Whatever expectation you have of Roswell, New Mexico- it’s worse

FrontiersWoman , Amy Meredith Report

Olivier Caissy
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1 month ago

So “Paul” lied to us? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1092026/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_53

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#24

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Mount Rushmore. It's faces on a rock basically and smaller than you think.

chemaster23 , Jim & Robin Kunze Report

Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

and in all the pics, they show just what we see above and fail to show that the hill is about 3 times what you see here and when you're on the observation deck, you're far. (I spend way too much on google earth finding places I see on TV)

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#25

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Bourbon Street, New Orleans. It's really just the same as any other bar district in any other large city around the world. Same old cover bands playing the same old songs that you'd hear anywhere. You can experience all you need just by walking down the street for an hour and not going in anywhere.

HappyTimeHollis , Chris Litherland Report

Anna Banana
Community Member
1 month ago

To me the purpose of Bourbon Street, just like the Red Lights District in Amsterdam, is to host all the loud bachelor/birthday destination parties, letting the others chill in any other bar in the city.

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#26

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Mall of America. It just a Mall with a lot of stuff in it. My opinion would’ve probably be different if I didn't live in Minnesota.

Zabboon , Runner1928 Report

Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

Malls are a temple to capitalism.

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#27

Blue lagoon in Iceland. Always super crowded and you have to book it super early. There are a lot of better lagoons in Iceland that are just as pretty (or even prettier), more isolated, definitely less crowded, and just as "blue".

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Rhea
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1 month ago

Been there, done that; tourist trap indeed...

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#28

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Bondi beach in Sydney. Overcrowded, everything there is way overpriced

koolkid131 , dronepicr Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Seeing as Bondi Beach is the most famous beach in Australia, what do you expect. I wouldn't even bother to go there, especially when we have sooooo many amazing beaches that don't get anywhere as busy.

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#29

I did a Mount Fuji tour in Japan in March. It was hands down the worst part of the trip. No point to go up the actual mountain. It was like 12 hours on a bus. Then I saw it from a train like 3 days later, and that was a better view than anything I got on the tour.

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Draaideur
Community Member
1 month ago

I disagree, I climbed Fuji-san (in September) on a longer but less crowded track. We started at 20:00 to catch the sunrise at 05:30. The view was breathtaking and only the last part on top got crowded. I wouldn't do it twice, but wouldn't have missed out on the experience either. IMG_201909...f3697d.jpg IMG_20190908_053009-608191cf3697d.jpg

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#30

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Toyosu Fish Market. The one that replaced Tsukiji as the fish auction central of Tokyo in 2018. You get to watch the auction process, but only if you go early in the morning. And even then, only through small glass windows two stories above the auction block. If there are more than a couple dozen other visitors, you will not be able to see anything.

veotrade , 江戸村のとくぞう Report

Alex the awful German
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1 month ago

don't mind my question, but: Why would you want to go there?

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