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.

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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.

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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.

James016
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1 month ago

This sums it up nicely. Plus the constant harassment from people trying to sell you things.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

What people don't understand is that these pyramids are less than 200 metres away from the edge of the city because everyone takes a picture from the city side, it makes it look like it's a secluded place. Just go to google maps and search pyramids of giza and you'll be surprised

LemonLea
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1 month ago

I just did go check it out on google maps and spent 10 minutes or so touring the pyramids and the Sphinx. It was a fun mini vacation, thank you!

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Michaela
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1 month ago

I’d disagree. I’ve been there a few times. If you are expecting super clean, remember it’s by a large city. No large city is super clean. It’s also surrounded by sand and dirt. It’s very ethnocentric to call it horrible. It’s a different culture that too many westerners turn their noses up to. Of course there are real problems in Egypt but there are so many kind people doing their best to get by. Cairo is beautiful in its own ways.

Viva Patata
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1 month ago

Well I don't agree here...Egypt is so much more than just Cairo and the pyramids! Beautiful country, awesome people, lot of incredible archeological sites.

Mevrouw Madelief
Community Member
1 month ago

Exactly! Caïro is just a big crowed city, but Egypt is not only Caïro. There are beautiful places all over the country.

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Ange Marsden
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1 month ago

Outside of the tourists cities Egypt is beautiful and amazing

Janned
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, managed to insult two countries in one post. Seems unnecessary too.

Helen Luzine
Community Member
1 month ago

I found the people in Cairo amazing, so full of spirit and energy and heart and passion. The night life explodes with people and I found it so interesting and loved my trip there! There's so much history and culture to explore and of course it's going to be different; why travel to exotic locations expecting them to be exactly like North American cities?

향미
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1 month ago (edited)

I thought Egypt was really cool. since I live in a 3rd world country, the trash and dirtiness were normal.

Grant Barke
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1 month ago

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South Korea is not a third world country. Or are you North Korean.

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Akanksha Puri
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1 month ago

Why get India into it? Where are you from?

Ellie with the cats
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1 month ago

Don't be mean.. I love India, its an amazing place 😮

Donkey boi
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1 month ago

Standing at the foot of the pyramids, looking up is the only time you can appreciate just how big they are, inside they are sweltering hot! The Cairo Museum is worth a visit too. Other than that it is dirty and and rubbish strewn. And the tour guides give a false, propaganda based history of Egypt, We were quite lucky to have an actual Egyptologist in our group (he wanted to see how tourists are shown Egypt) and he spent most of the time arguing with the tour guide.

columbokateUK
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1 month ago

Have to disagree on this one. I loved it here. The locals were very friendly. The roads terrified me, I don't think they have a highway code!

FatRabbit
Community Member
1 month ago

Not true. Certainly not a reason to avoid it. The modern parts are often ugly but there isn't much useable space in Egypt, and where the ancient cities are the modern cities also are. I loved Egypt and would go back in a flash if I had the money.

Linda Roy
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1 month ago

Me too! Yes, it is a lot more crowded than I was expecting, but the history was worth it! I'd love to go there next year because it'll be the 100th anniversary of Howard Carter discovering King Tut's tomb, but the cost is a problem. Even if I never go there again, I have my memories!

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Michelle M
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1 month ago (edited)

Yes, Egypt has lost its Glory and I am not in support of grave robbing. Let the dead ones be.

Xandra
Community Member
1 month ago

I found my one time experience in Cairo interesting. Not a place to spend a whole vacation in, but certainly interesting and different from what I knew in Europe. It's a (huge) city of contrasts. Bargaining is a culture, but we didn't get ripped off. And yes, the area of the pyramids and Sphinx is crowded and too touristy, but they're still impresive, if you consider the history.

Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Depends why you go there. If you aren't interested in ancient history, art and archaeology you certainly won't enjoy it. Same if you go because you have already "been everywhere else". Bars, beaches and holiday romances it definitely isn't.

Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a unique experience since my boyfriend at the time was Egyptian. The only touristy things I saw was the pyramids at Giza, the citadel of Quaitbay in Alexandria and the Cairo markets. The rest of the time I was enjoying living life like the Egyptians do. Eating incredibly delicious food and going to the mall at 1am lol! Downsides were seeing hundreds of starving cats and dogs, and homeless children that were on their own with no adults.

Lorelei
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah!If you want a better picture, go to the valley of kings, the Luxor temple, the unfinished obelisk, Edfu temple,or to Abu Simbel. All of which are pretty awesome.

Ripley
Community Member
1 month ago

Cairo is horrible, but there are other parts of Egypt that are lovely, and have nowhere near the same numbers of either tourists or scammers.

Helenium
Community Member
1 month ago

full of beggars and people who try to rip you off cause you're a tourist and the men dont wash

Potato Puffin
Community Member
1 month ago

I was robbed at gunpoint in Luxor, and saw dead kittens in the streets and lots of rubbish in Marrakesh... BUT I'm not going to cast judgement on all of North Africa or anyone who lives there due to some negative experiences. I could've just as easily been robbed in London and the streets here aren't much better. By the way... if you go to Morroco, spend the money and go on a driven tour through the Atlas Mountains! That was such an amazing experience!

Lyone Fein
Community Member
1 month ago

The people that Western tourists call "scammers" are native Egyptians. You are guests in their country, and the fact that you are rich enough to travel means that you have much more money than they do. Your travel budget needs to include money for charity, because all the people you meet in the country you are visiting are significantly poorer than you. Begging, selling souvenirs, giving tours, etc. Is how these individuals try to feed themselves and their families from one day to the next.

Rod Egret
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1 month ago

What a stupid "review", this is pathetic....

FatRabbit
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't believe the bigotry I'm seeing here!

Fiona C
Community Member
1 month ago

I disagree. I've been to Luxor and the surrounding areas and it was great.

Sarang Verma
Community Member
1 month ago

Hey don't say anything about India

Sarang Verma
Community Member
1 month ago

At least there's no cow poop

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Pipe Kasuko
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1 month ago

That is exactly how I felt when I visited for the first time. India with sand and different language. Same wealth based class structure too. One must note that the modern Egyptians are not the same as those that built the pyramids. That original civilization disappeared along with its people, and the physical structures were only re-discovered in the past 200-300 years.

Mari
Community Member
1 month ago

Egypt is wonderfull. It's a poor country with crowded city's, but outside the city's it's calm and authentic. The people are very friendly.

will.u.b.mine
Community Member
1 month ago

some dude stole my iPhone, wallet, and ID....I was quite pissed about the whole situation...but I would definitely go bk

Mae Mosse
Community Member
1 month ago

There is Egypt and then there is tourist/modern Egypt that is completely and culturally different. The Nile separates the two and you are in different worlds. My dream is to go to Egypt and cruise down the Nile on the steam boat Agatha Christie and Howard Carter both spent time on, and visit all the tombs, temples, villages and digs. However, I’d need to win the lottery and get healthy.

Jitesh Parmar
Community Member
1 month ago

So u think India is horrible ?

LMS
Community Member
1 month ago

I was so disappointed when I saw photographs of the pryamids from different angles.

Colin Matthews
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup. Head down to akhaba or the red sea. Much nicer

Maciej H.
Community Member
1 month ago

True, garbage next to piramids and all the men ang boys running after you, trying to sell sh*tty stuff or make you pay for like showing "the best place to take a photo"...

Cédric Queinnec
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1 month ago

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Inkblot Butterfly
Community Member
1 month ago

Oooohkay.. if yall never say the worst parts of india imagine a field. with dry grass, plastic everywhere.

dave stroh
Community Member
1 month ago

I tell people.. fly in, spend a day at the pyramids ( they are pretty amazing) and maybe do an atv trip in the desert and then fly the f**k out.

Paulina Prazmo
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1 month ago

It’s disgusting how we can spoil basically everything.

Montana
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1 month ago

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Also Morocco, Turkey and Iran.

Ania Barrett
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1 month ago

All three are amazing!

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#10

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

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

photoshop is quicker and easier. One I've put together in just 2 minutes- bean-60813...33d598.jpg bean-608131933d598.jpg

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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.

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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.

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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

If I could I would live under water
Community Member
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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Alex the awful German
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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