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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 years 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
Community Member
5 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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Rilind H Report

SandirLeonardo
Community Member
5 years ago

True!

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#13

Watching The Stonehenge During Sunset, United Kingdom

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Crisher Entertainment Report

AmyFaith
Community Member
5 years ago

THIS IS SUMMER SOLSTICE. Normally you aren't allowed this close to the stones, so this picture is misleading.

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#14

Visiting Pyramids Of Giza In Cairo, Egypt

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Edward Ewert Report

Ada-LeeQuirk
Community Member
5 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.

JoaoPereira
Community Member
5 years ago

Great advice, had to come from a cat person, with all respect :)

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SajraHalilović
Community Member
5 years ago

It is hard to be crowded here, it is so big area! And in february temperatures are like spring in middle Europe.

LouWow
Community Member
5 years ago

They missed the mobs of aggressive beggars and trash every where.

AnnePetersen
Community Member
5 years ago

Well actually the postcards are made so you can't see how very close Cairo is to the pyramids and the Sphinx. And don't get close to camelguys they will charge you for anything possible. Even pictures taken with your own camera and they will yell and make a scene if you do not pay. Might even try to force you up on the camel.Wasnt a fun experience.

MohamedElkafory
Community Member
5 years ago

you say bullshit no one force you to do anything

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Daniel W Maynard
Community Member
1 year ago

You can just walk past the line!

Michel Guntern
Community Member
5 years ago

Get a better angle. 1t_Sphynx-...510f2c.jpg 1t_Sphynx-5782bf9510f2c.jpg

PatriciaKollarikova
Community Member
5 years ago

I was there iin June 2015 no waiting almost no people in the middle of day... yes very very hot weather so recommend to take plenty of water but it was worth it :)

SylvainBdg
Community Member
5 years ago

no one there at the moment since the terrorist attack..again this article is just nonsense

SzymonGryg
Community Member
5 years ago

I have never seen so many spruikers and dirt as I did at the Pyramids and Cairo in general. Plus, the government had just shot 680 people at Tahir Square.

ZuzanaMacoskova
Community Member
5 years ago

you forgot about the rubbish place just behind the corner of pyramids:-(( so dissapointig

WayneBeesley
Community Member
5 years ago

yes lots of people take 'water' and alot of them just throw their empties all over the floor especially locals......filthy crap hole ruined by tourism and greed

daniel perez perez
Community Member
7 months ago

I think is a excellent experience visit this place and is very popular, when you have the possibility of go to Cairo you should visit the pyramids

Juan Sanchez Villegas
Community Member
7 months ago

The dessert is beautiful, a place which it has unlimited sand, it is impossible to count, the hot sun always there burning everything, and the cold night, looking as the north pole, this place is either where ancient egyptians lived, and built those pyramids with their own hands, it is wonderful and shocking how they made them by themselves.

Donna Young
Community Member
4 years ago

Not quite. Stayed in Benghazi and drove to the Egyptian border. Turned back around

Mel Moore
Community Member
5 years ago

Cairo is no longer like this. In my 3 years the crowds gave disappeared severely that sometimes people go and they are one of only a small handful of people there. Sad reality of how tourism has been affected. Come to Egypt there is so much to see and offer you. Wouldn't live here still of it didn't

XeniaTombrou
Community Member
5 years ago

Well.....

MarioLamešić
Community Member
5 years ago

Well, now after all this terrorism first photo is real...

ChrisClark
Community Member
5 years ago

Actually i was there 2 weeks ago and there was no-one. The revolution + daesh has destroyed the countries tourism industry.

CuriousCat
Community Member
5 years ago

its chaos there.. but worth visiting.

CandiceJolander
Community Member
5 years ago

I didn't find it crowded, not 10 years ago or more recently. What is surprising is how close it is to the city! You can have view of the Sphinx and the pyramids from the nearby Pizza Hut.

Mel Moore
Community Member
5 years ago

Hehehe yeah the famous pizza hut photo opportunity. Got to love Cairo

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KimRobinson
Community Member
5 years ago

Those people need camels

gladys
Community Member
5 years ago

Wasn't like this when i was there

MohamedElkafory
Community Member
5 years ago

ok please don't come again to Egypt if you don't like it

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TunTunNyee
Community Member
5 years ago

Try nowadays lol I think it would most likely be the first pic or it will be surrounded by police or armies lol

DanielWollin
Community Member
5 years ago

If you go there now, you would be alone! No one goes there anymore because of the fear of the threat extremist groups..

MohamedElkafory
Community Member
5 years ago

Egypt always safe more than your country

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TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

Didn't want to go here either, too hot and dirty. All that sand.

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#15

Climbing Mount Everest, Nepal

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Barry Bishop Report

ArekCzuchraj
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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

DanielGagliano
Community Member
5 years ago

its not even the same day wtf lol one is winter and one is summer what a joke how many of these are lies like this

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#20

Visiting The Acropolis Of Athens, Greece

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imgur.com Report

VaggelisKaradimas
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 years ago

good enough for me

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#32

Visiting The Forbidden City In Beijing, China

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panoramio.com Report

DariusB.
Community Member
5 years ago

not so forbidden then :P

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#33

Swimming With Dolphins

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cubawanderer.com Report

Arty
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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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