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

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!

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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

YanayTsabary
Community Member
5 years ago

Who is this model?? I swear to god I see her everywhere it's starting to get creepy

DarleneMartin
Community Member
5 years ago

Maybe it's a Glitch in the Matrix!

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ElisaPeric
Community Member
5 years ago

This is inaccurate: the spanish steps are usually full of illegal vendors ;)

GlenysVargasdeSorrentino
Community Member
5 years ago

While they are usually crowded, you'll find it less so, in the evening or early morning. There are higher priorities in Rome, so it's usually crowded only when the shops are open. Go before or after closing times and you'll find lots of space. Don't go alone when it's too late or you'll find it's quite desolate, which can be dangerous.

Michel Guntern
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing what an advertising agency can do.

GinoArduini
Community Member
5 years ago

not even some rain would scare them off!

GeraGuinandSchulz
Community Member
5 years ago

Lol! So true!!! Never been able to have a decent picture of the place... Not even at night! But to be honest you shouldn't expect Rome to be like in the movies ever! It's crowded by tourists all year long! I can promise you that 'cos I live in Italy and I've been there many times!

VioletCadburry
Community Member
5 years ago

Just got back and no one on the steps......because they are blocked off for restoration.

GabrielaDanaOros
Community Member
5 years ago

not everybody can afford to pay to close the circulation to take a few pictures

KimRobinson
Community Member
5 years ago

Just Ariane

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MarthaDonaldson
Community Member
5 years ago

Yep, and it looked like that back in 1970 when I was there.

HeatherWatson
Community Member
5 years ago

Love the Spanish steps whether busy or quiet.

Donna Young
Community Member
4 years ago

Did that too and then hung around at " Joe's American Bar" just down the street

AndreinaBaiano
Community Member
5 years ago

Me too, I've seen her everyhere!

IngridAquino
Community Member
5 years ago

hahahahah omg... this girl again... hshahsa

IngridAquino
Community Member
5 years ago

hahahahah this girl again...

غودينهوغودينهو
Community Member
5 years ago

Is possible 7 AM

LaviniaNegru
Community Member
5 years ago

yes..it's that crowdy...especially in the summer

TeliBurrieza
Community Member
5 years ago

Actually, I think it's really cool to be able to hang out in a place like that, a city that allows you to not just pass by but to stayoutside, living the city for a while!

JordiTudelaM
Community Member
5 years ago

This one is true!

CuriousCat
Community Member
5 years ago

that girl haunts me

RozEdelberg
Community Member
5 years ago

Do people thing they are the only ones who go to these places????

LenkaTomišková
Community Member
5 years ago

What if i have no bae?

BettyCosta
Community Member
5 years ago

Been there, done that

VictorValdez
Community Member
5 years ago

If you just want to take a picture on the stairs, go to to rodeo drive in Beverly hills. If you want a picture by the stairs just to go rodeo drive in Beverly hills.

KellieFlores
Community Member
5 years ago

Again, go in January, off season.

StephanieSynclair
Community Member
5 years ago

I have a second home there. Even in Jan it was quite ridiculous strange enough

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IrimiaRoxana
Community Member
5 years ago

That s right

AdaśDrozdek
Community Member
5 years ago

Spanish steps are closed right now : P

MelodyKristensen
Community Member
5 years ago

This is accurate

TenchyJefferson
Community Member
5 years ago

The steps weren't crowded when i went .

nakkiewildvangst
Community Member
5 years ago

if not even more crowded...

LindaJP
Community Member
5 years ago

This one is 100% true. It looks like that most of the day.

LindaJP
Community Member
5 years ago

Truth.

VickieCherry
Community Member
5 years ago

My toga pub crawl started here. So so many regrets...

TrombinoEPompadour
Community Member
5 years ago

that's also nice

AngieWalker
Community Member
5 years ago

It was even more crowded when I was there!

BurcuErbakan
Community Member
5 years ago

Yeapp... Was there, can confirm the crowd. And many more im the evening.

WendyMargarita
Community Member
5 years ago

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

WayneBeesley
Community Member
5 years ago

more rome bullshit - i went here a few months ago they had put plastic flower pots all over it to stop people sitting around - every single pot had 3-4 or 5 plastic drink litter in it and loads of litter everywhere as always with rome - the council are a disgrace......rome is a filthy dump sorry but it is

ChrissyJones
Community Member
5 years ago

You can thank the invading hordes of IMMIGRANTS for that!

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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
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

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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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

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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