You know the feeling when you anticipate something so much that you tend to idolize the picture and when it actually happens, it turns that your expectations surpassed the real thing by miles? Yes, it's called a disappointment, and it happens way more often than it should when traveling to the most famous vacation destinations and places to visit. These days most people don't wear rose-colored glasses, they opt for an Instagram filter instead. Which is why traveling has become so disheartening—where are those idyllic beaches that you saw online? It was better when we could only read about those exotic places to travel and imagine them; now, ruined by Instagram, your travel ideas will never match up to reality.

So come, join us—pull back the veil and see the Truth of travel impressions for yourself. Bored Panda has collected this list of travel expectation VS reality. Which false advertising photo has the best let-down photo? You can also check out these famous places to go zoomed out to show their surroundings.

More info: (h/t: traveltriangle)

#1

Visiting The Great Wall Of China

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Zhu Difeng Report

FatéméAhmadi
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years ago

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

AzhariHarris
Community Member
4 years ago

then people have to go there at 5 since you said that

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HeidiTalumaa
Community Member
4 years ago

Still beautiful

LynnNugent
Community Member
4 years ago

Go early in the morning, it's cooler and less crowds. Go anyway, any time, it's absolutely beautiful and to stand in front of this incredible monument to love is breathtaking. Even the best photos can't compare to seeing it for yourself.

Rajiv Thakur
Community Member
3 years ago

The Taj, Pride of India..Everyone who visit in India, Wants to see the Taj at least one. Best time to visit is winter or morning in any season. http://betraveler.in

Person2638
Community Member
3 years ago

When I went to the Taj Mahal, it was a foggy day, but the next day was better and we visited Agra.

Michel Guntern
Community Member
4 years ago

Opening time vs last bell.

AlejandroIlukewitsch
Community Member
4 years ago

and 882166_101...2953_o.jpg 882166_10152667979030104_1318182953_o.jpg

TselmenUndram
Community Member
4 years ago

The first picture is not even a photo...or is it that heavily photoshopped?!

GangadharanKrishnan
Community Member
4 years ago

There is an app available which removes all moing things like people. Mount your camera on a stand and click multile picture. The rogram deletes all moving people and presto! you get a clean picture

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TenchyJefferson
Community Member
4 years ago

Well the first picture is clearly photoshopped. So its not really representation. But yea, i would assume its emptier at different times. I've seen collegues take pictures with less people in the background.

WillyLim
Community Member
4 years ago

Getting there 6am n u will see long long queue outside the gate. And the haze is that bad!!!

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MaríaPazGreeneF
Community Member
4 years ago

Awww, it's really pretty and worth it though. And HUGE, so you don't even notice the people.

FelindaAdlawan
Community Member
4 years ago

Went there early in the morning and saw the first one.. Amazing.

DianRamos
Community Member
4 years ago

it looks sad :(

Alexandra Bender
Community Member
1 year ago

Eh was there in the middle of the day in busy season.. it was something in between. I’m sure would be emptier if I went earlier in the day. Not Vatican, Vatican was a reality I never wanted to experience.. Jesus

Surya Kumar
Community Member
3 years ago

Really a wonderful picture! I like it very much. http://www.freedomholidayseurope.com/

Donna Young
Community Member
3 years ago

Invited to India but declined. Too many people

Vaishnavi p
Community Member
3 years ago

It's really soo beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this pic.

Vaishnavi p
Community Member
3 years ago

It's really very beautiful image. Thank you soo much for sharing this pic.

GinoArduini
Community Member
4 years ago

but nothing can beat the feeling of standing before her majesty, the taj!

JohnDoe
Community Member
4 years ago

The ghost of Taj Mahal!

JennBui
Community Member
4 years ago

hahahahaahahhaha

AlejandroIlukewitsch
Community Member
4 years ago

It can be as in the first pict... 885427_101...1640_o.jpg 885427_10152667976275104_1970561640_o.jpg

SharmaKishan
Community Member
4 years ago

lovely.....

JoyGeorge
Community Member
4 years ago

You can't expect a historical monument like Taj Mahal deserted. People will gather there, and don't be upset.

KaustavChowdhury
Community Member
4 years ago

Still beautiful enough!

KitKat
Community Member
4 years ago

This is totally reality

CuriousCat
Community Member
4 years ago

why wont my baby gain weight?

JohnSchmitt
Community Member
4 years ago

Similar to the great wall pictures, can't see more than 300 meters, any time of the day.

NardongPutik
Community Member
4 years ago

Chemtrails?

AlinaAzfar
Community Member
4 years ago

Or maybe you should use a better camera?

Bēng-sôanLîm
Community Member
4 years ago

still not bad

KarishmaChand
Community Member
4 years ago

Hate to say this but it was true for me , very dull place, but the Red Fort in Delhi was amazing !

NasprisLilianaNicoleta
Community Member
4 years ago

Again not true !!

LisaWhite
Community Member
4 years ago

Exactly right, Gerard! We went there first thing in the morning and got beautiful shots!

GabrielaDanaOros
Community Member
4 years ago

summer and winter , day and night ...not the same

LauraNikto
Community Member
4 years ago

Still worthy

PujaWahi
Community Member
4 years ago

Yup I'm from India and that about sums it up. This was taken on a rare hazy day, but it is crowded and annoying.

TunTunNyee
Community Member
4 years ago

Depends on the day and the camera you have lol 1 they should've showed the trash around the complex

DeborahRamirez
Community Member
4 years ago

Still glorious af

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#11

Enjoying Your Private Moments On The Beaches Of Thailand

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Gunter Flegar Report

NotchimineMette
Community Member
4 years 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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SandirLeonardo
Community Member
4 years ago

True!

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#13

Watching The Stonehenge During Sunset, United Kingdom

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Crisher Entertainment Report

Debbie
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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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#21

Visiting Hall Of Mirrors In The Palace Of Versailles, France

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Wikimedia Commons Report

LenkaSmejkalová
Community Member
4 years ago

I was there and hall wasn't full like that, just few groups of people

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#22

Admiring The Glorious Niagara Falls, Which Marks The Border Between Canada And USA

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KP Tripathi Report

DianaLai
Community Member
4 years ago

That looks like Canada Day celebration. Does not look like

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#23

Exploring Arashiyama Bamboo Forest In Japan

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Daniel Peckham Report

ClaudiaLandry
Community Member
4 years ago

It really isn't that bad actually. Quite a pleasant walk and not that much people, especially in the morning.

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#24

Camping In The Himalayas

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Michael Kodas Report

MaríaPazGreeneF
Community Member
4 years ago

Both are really pretty though <3

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#25

Walking By The Howrah Bridge In Kolkata, India

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soumikdatta09 Report

AlexandraParvu
Community Member
4 years ago

the garbage is still there, in the first photo

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#26

Exploring Antelope Canyon Arizona, USA

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Cebb Photographies Report

SarahBirtwisleNewson
Community Member
4 years ago

We went out of season and we were the only ones in there

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#27

Having Family Fun Time At The Water Park

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AP Report

DavidGallagher
Community Member
4 years ago

The family appears to be in a hotel, and swimming pools in hotels are often empty enough. As for public pools in China...I'm sorry but no amount of heat would ever make me want to dive in there. How is that remotely enjoyable? I'd have a panic attack.

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#28

Admiring Wat Rong Khun Temple In Thailand

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Ying Tong Low Report

ClarPanganiban
Community Member
4 years ago

We've been here on a touristy season and there's not this much people. Maybe it just depends on the time and season? These two photos are not even the same angles! lol. So one-sided.

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#29

Enjoying James Bond Island In Thailand

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Joan Gamell Report

ninjoun
Community Member
4 years ago

if second pic gets saturated it will be quite good.

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#30

Getting Goosebums In Front Of The Ancient Temple Of Abu Simbel In Egypt

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Walter Weinberg Report

LauraGary-Domingue
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't know if I'd want to get the "goosebums." Is that like the chicken pox?

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#31

Walking Across The Capilano Suspension Bridge In Vancouver, Canada

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Michelle Lee Report

DariusB.
Community Member
4 years ago

good enough for me

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#32

Visiting The Forbidden City In Beijing, China

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DariusB.
Community Member
4 years ago

not so forbidden then :P

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#33

Swimming With Dolphins

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Arty
Community Member
4 years ago

you don't swim with dolphins! You touch some poor animal prisoner in a few square meters. Please don't do that!

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#34

Visiting The Sydney Opera House, Australia

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Neal Mcfarlane Report

PandaBear
Community Member
4 years ago

I must say…It isn't always this crowded.

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#35

Tasting Thailand’s Exotic Food In Bangkok, Thailand

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HellonEarth2006 Report

DanielBonadiman
Community Member
4 years ago

These two photos are from different places, one photo is from a floating market outside of Bangkok way less crowded than the one close to the city.

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#36

Anytime You're Admiring The Blooming Sakura Trees

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Satoko Kawasaki Report

DanielBonadiman
Community Member
4 years ago

These two photos are from different places, one in in Kyoto and the other probably Ueno park in Tokyo. This comparison makes no sense.

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#37

Exploring The Amazing Architectural Details Of Gaudi's Casa Mila In Barcelona, Spain

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Mike Report

JuliaKalcheva
Community Member
4 years ago

Casa Mila was covered for restoration in 2014, that's old news! Last October was amasing and fully uncovered!

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#38

Admiring The Breathtaking Machu Picchu Scenery, Peru

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Ricardo Shuck Report

WendyMargarita
Community Member
4 years ago

GO EARLY! I was there before the influx of tour buses came in! And it was sooooo worth it!

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#39

Exploring The Pristine Temples Of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Trey Ratcliff Report

Jessica
Community Member
4 years ago

I went alone, before the sunrise. Magical.

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#40

Enjoying A Hike In Yosemite National Park, United States

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Mike Oria Report

LillianBlackburn
Community Member
4 years ago

Having spent considerable time at Yosemite I can say the second photo is of a very touristy 'scenic view', but there are plenty of places to be all alone, if you are willing to get out into the woods.

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