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
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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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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

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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Alexander Brown Report

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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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

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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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!

MichałPrzybylak
Community Member
5 years ago

plus when I was there, there was no water :O

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AliceShockley
Community Member
5 years ago

Not true. The left out the dozen guys trying to force your man to buy you a rose.

TaraTrainor
Community Member
5 years ago

Just makes me realize that people need to stop breeding...there are wayyyyy too many as it is. Damn, best to just check stuff out online or on TV

RuthGrizakDelon
Community Member
5 years ago

This was my reality LOL 207512_197...1921_n.jpg 207512_1972142506925_5831921_n.jpg

GlenysVargasdeSorrentino
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolutely true. I lived in Rome for 10 years and had to pass this area daily by bike for a while. I would leave myself an extra 10 minutes just to get through that one block. It didn't matter what season it was or time of day. It was always this crowded. I suppose it wold be empty when people usually sleep, but it's still packed even up to midnight or so, and as early as 8am. You can still squeeze through to the front to get a decent pic, though.

BettyCosta
Community Member
5 years ago

Yup. And the illegal vendors never leave you alone

GangadharanKrishnan
Community Member
5 years ago

Selling Selfie sticks

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Benz Tyt
Community Member
4 years ago

not too bad

Michel Guntern
Community Member
4 years ago

It's amazing what a closed street can do.

AlinaRiskute
Community Member
5 years ago

Soooo true :DD

DesireaNavarro
Community Member
5 years ago

The fountain is currently under construction

Ruta
Community Member
5 years ago

is it already working? last year was under reconstruction

Alexandra Bender
Community Member
1 year ago

Dear god so true.. was there mid day in October.. so many girls taking selfies throwing coins in. It was difficult to enjoy.

Anita Cadonau-Huseby
Community Member
3 years ago

Unless you get there at 6:30 in the morning. We had Trevi to ourselves.

Donna Young
Community Member
4 years ago

Did that. Threw coins in and thought if a Sophia Loren Movie. The Yellow Rols Royce

Partick Goon
Community Member
4 years ago

The trevi fountain was closed for repairs when I visited Rome, so was the fountain at the Spanish steps.... even the fuckin pope was away on holiday! 😞😭

Gina Marbury
Community Member
4 years ago

In the low season it's not so bad ...in the summer...absolutely!

Joes Di
Community Member
4 years ago

I live here and work in a tour agency. Come in February. And come on or before 8am or after 8pm. If you can, avoid Rome in Easter, June to mid September and December. Perfect time is November, January and February.

Joes Di
Community Member
4 years ago

Go at 7am or 9pm. In February.

SydneyLeiher
Community Member
5 years ago

If you go at 7 am there is literally no one there. It's very peaceful

GinoArduini
Community Member
5 years ago

t true 2!

RezaMaharddhika
Community Member
5 years ago

You have to see the pics when Feyernoord suporters ruined this place

GeraGuinandSchulz
Community Member
5 years ago

So true... I've been there many times and I still don't have a decent picture of it! Always (and I mean ALWAYS) too crowded...!

DanikaBell
Community Member
5 years ago

true!

BertrandKerebel
Community Member
5 years ago

the restoration is finished ?

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

Good thing that I don't want to go there.

غودينهوغودينهو
Community Member
5 years ago

Even at 00:00 have people in there

LaviniaNegru
Community Member
5 years ago

so real......

AliJaber
Community Member
5 years ago

My love in any condition! ❤

GangadharanKrishnan
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh! We saw a big barrier made of acrylic sheet and lot of coins strewn around.

AnnMayrhofer
Community Member
5 years ago

Very true! But still impressive nonetheless

HeatherShanks
Community Member
5 years ago

It was under construction when my hubby and I went.

JordiTudelaM
Community Member
5 years ago

I've been there twice and I never saw it so crowded... maybe it has changed a lot since the 90's...

CuriousCat
Community Member
5 years ago

yep.. definitely true!

MarinaMladin
Community Member
5 years ago

kind of true, 3 diferent times of the day same crowd

LoriDegree
Community Member
5 years ago

True during the day, but we went back at 11:15 at night and the lights in the fountain were gorgeous and we sat on the edge and touched the water and threw our coins in. It was beyond magical.

TaniaDrobchenko
Community Member
5 years ago

true, but at dawn it can be empty:)

RazvanIonut
Community Member
5 years ago

i just go there on 3 AM, still same number of people.

AsmiShah
Community Member
5 years ago

true

AliciaCheah
Community Member
5 years ago

It was underconstruction when I was there.

Min.Hua
Community Member
5 years ago

So true...

AlexiFost
Community Member
5 years ago

I would expect Rome to be crowded :/

VioletCadburry
Community Member
5 years ago

Was there last week and actually was worse than this.

gladys
Community Member
5 years ago

Lol.. exactly

GabrielaDanaOros
Community Member
5 years ago

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

EevaVilson
Community Member
5 years ago

Was there yesterday, it is open and looks amazing, but the crowd is even worse. So much people they are almost pushing each other into the water :D But hey, all want to see it, nothing to blame :)

HansErlingGran
Community Member
5 years ago

Loads of photoshopping going on in the 1st one :)

MattijsdeHamer
Community Member
5 years ago

Worse. Nowadays they have fences around it so you can't even get that close anymore. It's because it's slowly falling apart and they don't or don't want to spend money on restoring it

AndrewSosa
Community Member
5 years ago

Early morning actually is empty! Must do it at sunrise.

HeatherWatson
Community Member
5 years ago

Always busy. Unless you go at 6.30am ish

IrimiaRoxana
Community Member
5 years ago

True

TenchyJefferson
Community Member
5 years ago

this is true. But its expected.

ArianaSousa
Community Member
5 years ago

This one is sooo true! I've been there many times and it's always like this

AlinaRiskute
Community Member
5 years ago

sooo true :D Spanish steps were even worse!

nakkiewildvangst
Community Member
5 years ago

very true! (or , as last year, it was been renovated)

CarrieClarke
Community Member
5 years ago

It's has scaffolding up for a long time, so it's even worse as you can't see anything!

AngieWalker
Community Member
5 years ago

This is true :(

AnaTeixeira
Community Member
5 years ago

So true...

FrauBaumstumpf
Community Member
5 years ago

At least they can see the real fountain! When I was there... CIMG2168.jpg CIMG2168.jpg

FrauBaumstumpf
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5 years ago

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WayneBeesley
Community Member
5 years ago

this is so true rome sells itself as romantic i have been twice in last 3 years - it is a disgusting filthy city full of dog shit and litter - i was on both occasions so disgusted i wanted to go home to the english countryside where i live.....if humans cant respect rome then what chance is there?

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#13

Watching The Stonehenge During Sunset, United Kingdom

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Crisher Entertainment Report

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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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.

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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

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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wallpaperswiki.com Report

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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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

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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imgur.com Report

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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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

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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Daniel Peckham Report

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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Michael Kodas Report

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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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

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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AP Report

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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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

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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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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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

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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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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