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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FatéméAhmadi
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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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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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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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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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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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JaninMatuschak
Community Member
5 years ago

Plus this costs you a whole fortune (as everything in Venice does)!

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#8

Relaxing On The Gorgeous Beaches Of Maldives

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JoyceTurgo
Community Member
5 years ago

Been to some islands in Maldives, you will be able to see trashes on those islands without high-end resorts. JUst like Maafushi, the island is beautiful but I hope that the local will do something to keep the cleanliness in their island. Only islands with expensive resorts maintain cleanliness all over the place.

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#9

Walking Around Santorini Island, Greece

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LuisMilian
Community Member
5 years ago

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

VassilikiKotzia
Community Member
5 years ago

Hahaha. No, this is just what happens in one particular spot, where everyone goes to see the sunset. The rest of the island is not even half as crowded. Don't change your mind. Go to Santorini. Just make sure you pick a slightly off-season time to visit (ideally May or September).

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AngieWalker
Community Member
5 years ago

That's when people watch the famous Santorini sunset. The island is known for that so of course you'll have people sitting around to see it especially in high season. The good thing with the island is that it has different levels so everyone can see the view.

Mayuko
Community Member
5 years ago

Yeah I went there last year to take pics of sunset. It was totally like that! lol

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Om
Community Member
5 years ago

That's only on a specific spot for 30' each day. The island is still glorious

PanagiotisGkrs
Community Member
5 years ago

The flipped picture is NOT from a "usual day" in Santorini. It's from the annoual "Red Bull Art of Motion" Parkour world championship! Get your facts straight. Cheers

PanagiotisGkrs
Community Member
5 years ago

*annual

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PhoenixC
Community Member
5 years ago

stay over night. you will totally have the place to yourself.

BronwenHarris
Community Member
5 years ago

It all depends on the season. I went in early June and it was AMAZING!

Michel Guntern
Community Member
4 years ago

You need to know where to look; and more importantly, when.

Donna Young
Community Member
4 years ago

Not yet!

Vojislav Ristivojevic
Community Member
4 years ago

Been there, totally true :( For a peaceful sunset, climb onto remains of the old castle Skaros.

Polyxeny Nemecic
Community Member
4 years ago

santorini is a great place to visit. this particular pic is at a small village, during sunset, because they say that the sunset there is magical. so its very crouded. its NOT like that while talking a walk or anything

GinoArduini
Community Member
5 years ago

and mind the donkeys on their down the slope...

VilyZacharaki
Community Member
5 years ago

This is Oia on sunset time .. But Caldera is about 11km and are different levels and spots that you can see the sunset with privacy.. A tip ....Imerovigli is better spot to see the sunset and all the beautiful colors.. I live here all my life ...Santorini has wild beauty .. Is a MUST place to visit at least once

heidi_inga_aalto
Community Member
5 years ago

This picture may be true only on July just 5min before sunset...that isn't that special anyway :)

JacquelynAlSarraj
Community Member
5 years ago

Not true, it was bliss in April.

JacquelynAlSarraj
Community Member
5 years ago

Not true!! It was amazing and quiet and peaceful in April!!

AgnesAuxiliatrix
Community Member
5 years ago

Instead of Where's Waldo? it's How Many Camera's Are There?

ManojB
Community Member
5 years ago

This is incorrect. I just went to santorini a few months ago. The 2 viewing points are very different . The flipped image is a point from where crowds gather to view the Oia sunset.

JannieNguyen
Community Member
5 years ago

This crowd was for sunset in Oia. You could casually walk in the rest of the island. Take the trail from Fira to Oia, its so worth hiking.

KTTrondsen
Community Member
5 years ago

Too many people

XeniaTombrou
Community Member
5 years ago

That is maybe true a few hours a year. Santorini is beautiful!

OlgaAilaroudi
Community Member
5 years ago

Even like this, it's still gorgeous. Worth visiting!

JOTA
Community Member
5 years ago

Not true! Go to Santorini in the begining of May.

IrinaKurilyak
Community Member
5 years ago

This is only in the evening, when everyone is rushing to one spot to see the sunset. And it's not that bad. Santorini is amazing, you should still go !!!

АлександраЧикиш
Community Member
5 years ago

It looks like the expectation photo at 7 o'clock in the morning :) nobody around

AdinaPop
Community Member
5 years ago

It's not true. This pic is from Oia where people go to see the most beautiful sunset ....

FloorMathilde
Community Member
5 years ago

The second pic is people watching the sunset... It's not that crowded.

KonstantinosAnastasakis
Community Member
5 years ago

this is fucking not true

airel'seviltwin
Community Member
5 years ago

it wasn't that crowded when i went there

LauraGrosso
Community Member
5 years ago

I worked in Santorini and its not like this all the time!! This photo is taken in Oia, during the sunset time, at the most popular place to see the sunset in Oia. Everybody goes there like sheeps but there are many other nice places to enjoy the same view...even better!! Just explore more and follow the guides less...

JuudyScrimger
Community Member
5 years ago

They are all waiting for the sunset... we went in May many years ago, pre-tourist-season.

MichaelKoegel
Community Member
5 years ago

It was nothing like the pictures of the crowds when I was there, it felt as if I were alone.

LaurenStearley
Community Member
5 years ago

Ok this is inaccurate. It's people waiting for the sunset in the village of Oia, which is supposed to have the best sunset on the island. So one small part of the island for one time of the day. The whole island gets an amazing view of the sunset. You'd be crazy to pass up Santorini.

AntiopiMastrogiannopoulou
Community Member
5 years ago

this is not realistic. I've been in santorini a lot of times, the most were as in the first pic. In the second something happens

BridgetHeathcote
Community Member
5 years ago

This is only at sunset at certain spots in Oia. Easy to avoid. Beautiful island, I have been there twice.

KimberleyLeanne
Community Member
5 years ago

This is hardly accurate. I was there in June 2015, not even close to that busy. It was beautiful!

VasvatekisIoannis
Community Member
5 years ago

This only happens during August. So pic another month. September for instance is the best!

AnnaMagriplis-Lemos
Community Member
5 years ago

yes but in peak season in august perhaps.

HeatherWatson
Community Member
5 years ago

It wasn't that bad. If you get a local tour guide they can take you to quieter places to see sunset.

AngelaTilyard
Community Member
5 years ago

I was just talking about this yesterday, I'd love to go but it would be hard to move with all the other tourists around.

JenGar
Community Member
5 years ago

I was there in September 2014 and it´s one of the most beautiful Islands, I´ve ever seen....

RominaAste
Community Member
5 years ago

This is not true! I have been in Santorini in the summer and you can get the same pic, easy with no people

KateBishop
Community Member
5 years ago

I was there in 2014... It's not all like this. There is one spot that during sunset is for about and hour.

DeborahThomas
Community Member
5 years ago

It was nowhere near that busy when I was there, very idyllic.

StavrosPrentos
Community Member
5 years ago

only in Oia during the sunset...... for half an hour.

DinaAkladios
Community Member
5 years ago

i have been there, this is not true. its only like this during the sunset in Oia specifically

DesireaNavarro
Community Member
5 years ago

I've been to santorini, it was not that busy lol this was in February it's a wonderful place

saravanangovindaraj
Community Member
5 years ago

Nice

AmyFaith
Community Member
5 years ago

Trick is... GO EARLY. Always go early. I went to Niagara Falls at 9am, it was dead. Went back at 2pm and it was so busy. So, just get out of bed and go early. Easy.

TatianaTasaOrolínová
Community Member
5 years ago

but you can find place for shooting sunset with less people :) mlyn.jpg mlyn.jpg

AlessiaKours
Community Member
5 years ago

My version of the reality Santorini-...antics.jpg Santorini-romantics.jpg

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#10

Checking Out The Breathtaking Glory Of The Taj Mahal, India

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HeidiTalumaa
Community Member
5 years ago

Still beautiful

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#11

Enjoying Your Private Moments On The Beaches Of Thailand

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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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SandirLeonardo
Community Member
5 years ago

True!

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#13

Watching The Stonehenge During Sunset, United Kingdom

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AngieWalker
Community Member
5 years ago

I agree with Debbie. I've been there and apart from the fact you can't enter so close to the monument the last few years -in the photo above it's an exception- and the museum is small, the whole area is basically empty even at the peak of it. There were even sheep starring at us from the neighboring fence!

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#14

Visiting Pyramids Of Giza In Cairo, Egypt

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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.

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#15

Climbing Mount Everest, Nepal

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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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WendyMargarita
Community Member
5 years ago

This ones ok. I was there. It was a fun ambiance.

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#17

Admiring Little Mermaid In Copenhagen, Denmark

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LucieLeroy
Community Member
5 years ago

I went there in february and yep... was like that..

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#18

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

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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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ZerinaBermudez
Community Member
5 years ago

yeah, I've been to Central Park a couple times and it wasn't nearly that packed..

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#20

Visiting The Acropolis Of Athens, Greece

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AngieWalker
Community Member
5 years ago

That's basically a really bad photo of the building NEXT to the Parthenon called "Erechtheum"...

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#21

Visiting Hall Of Mirrors In The Palace Of Versailles, France

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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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DinaGA
Community Member
5 years ago

I've been there a few times (in winter) and it wasn't like this at all

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#23

Exploring Arashiyama Bamboo Forest In Japan

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DariaB
Community Member
5 years ago

This is actually better than expected.

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#24

Camping In The Himalayas

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MaríaPazGreeneF
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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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AlexandraParvu
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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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NicholasYu
Community Member
5 years ago

I went there four times trying to get a perfect shot. Never gonna happen unless someone sneaks you in. Tour groups enter 24/7 from BOTH ends, ensuring foot traffic.

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#27

Having Family Fun Time At The Water Park

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JaninMatuschak
Community Member
5 years ago

That's a water park somewhere in China...it's really that full. And while most water parks are crowded in the summe it's nowhere nearly that bad. xD

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#28

Admiring Wat Rong Khun Temple In Thailand

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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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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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ShellyMazur
Community Member
5 years ago

What are goosebums?

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#31

Walking Across The Capilano Suspension Bridge In Vancouver, Canada

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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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DariusB.
Community Member
5 years ago

not so forbidden then :P

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#33

Swimming With Dolphins

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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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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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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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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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SandirLeonardo
Community Member
5 years ago

I was in Barcelona in November and Casa Mila was not covered...

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#38

Admiring The Breathtaking Machu Picchu Scenery, Peru

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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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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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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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