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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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
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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 :(

NataliaBerowska
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so stupid.. everyone can see an image of Mona Lisa everywhere. What's the point of taking one more picture than enjoying the painting?

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MâyMây
Community Member
4 years ago

why do they have to take photos? thousands of better photos could be found easily on google with one word...

DavidGallagher
Community Member
4 years ago

I guess they really just want to prove they were there. Humans...:)

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OscarAlvarez
Community Member
4 years ago

This was my experience Screen-Sho...PM-png.jpg Screen-Shot-2016-03-18-at-124817-PM-png.jpg

MiklósNagy
Community Member
4 years ago

Look at the bright side: since everybody looking at Mona Lisa you can enjoy every other art in Louvre peacefully. :)

Ruta
Community Member
4 years ago

oh, yes... there is other masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci, people even didn't see it ... 652__795de4_0.jpg 652__795de4_0.jpg

Michel Guntern
Community Member
3 years ago

That's bang on.

Ada-LeeQuirk
Community Member
4 years ago

It depends on the date and time you visit Paris. If you get there as soon as the nmuseum opens, you will be swarmed by gawkers. If you wait till off season and go near the end of the day, things wind down quite a bit, but don't count on getting that close to the artwork!

GlenysVargasdeSorrentino
Community Member
4 years ago

I was there a week after the Paris attack. There were mainly Parisians in Paris. I've never seen it so empty. However, the Mona Lisa was exactly like this and it was a weekday.

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The Travelius
Community Member
1 year ago

thanks for sharing information.....

Donna Young
Community Member
3 years ago

Been there. Seen her. Very small painting.

Kelly Williams
Community Member
4 years ago

OMG! That was so my experience!

GinoArduini
Community Member
4 years ago

1,000 japanese heads kept me away from her for some 15 minutes...

KatinkaMin
Community Member
4 years ago

I was there...er....27 years ago and it already looked like that. (minus the selfies)

InekeEngel
Community Member
4 years ago

And that is where I took photos off. Lol

AndraElenaTriță
Community Member
4 years ago

Yup, I confirm, I was there too... I got to take a picture being 5m away from it :))

RobertoYabut
Community Member
4 years ago

This is really true. You hardly have a good place to have a better picture. The picture frame is small compared to what the picture is worth now.

ManchesterUnited
Community Member
4 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKAOfhyRMoA this is better

TammyChapman
Community Member
4 years ago

Sad.

Nanda
Community Member
4 years ago

It depends. On normal days, it's usually and often like The first. Special days, like holidays, it may be like the second one. But you can choose your day. I go there many times, always like The first.

KatrinZwerschke
Community Member
4 years ago

Was there, yes it was crowded in that room, but nevertheless its a beautiful painting. Aaand there are many more really interesting ones where usually nobody is disturbing you. So if you are interested in art and history you should make the visit, otherwise just by the picture postcard.

GangadharanKrishnan
Community Member
4 years ago

It was worse with David in the museum of Academia in Firenzie (Florence), Italy DSC00744.jpg DSC00744.jpg

GangadharanKrishnan
Community Member
4 years ago

But I was able to manage this out of the crowd IMG_3602.jpg IMG_3602.jpg

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GlenysVargasdeSorrentino
Community Member
4 years ago

was there a week after the Paris attack. Mainly Parisians were around the city. However, the Mona Lisa was exactly like this and it was a weekday.

AliceRemedios
Community Member
4 years ago

This is exactly what I experienced, along with American tourists snapping photos with flashes causing the security glass to darken.

KitKat
Community Member
4 years ago

I can say for a fact that it was that crowded and the person is a truth teller

CuriousCat
Community Member
4 years ago

Yep.. this is true. Enjoy the rest of the museum..

RozEdelberg
Community Member
4 years ago

I done believe what some people do when visiting other countries and venues.

NorAzmeir
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd be mistaken that it's my picture! Looks almost the same with the crowd.

KjellWesterholm
Community Member
4 years ago

Been there, so true...

IwonaWierzbieta
Community Member
4 years ago

oh yeah, I know something about it ! monalisa.jpg monalisa.jpg

LuyenDao
Community Member
4 years ago

Last time i was there, oh it was a long time ago there was only a few people in the room with Mona...we connected, true story.

VioletCadburry
Community Member
4 years ago

Totally inaccurate. Just got back and I couldn't get within 50 feet without elbowing my way in. Skip the Louvre until the amount of people is controlled.

MizLynaIbrahim
Community Member
4 years ago

Shessshh... i might ended up taking a photos of other shoulder or something.. (not enough height tho)

JudithChandler
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes, it was like this when I was there.

GabrielaDanaOros
Community Member
4 years ago

weekend and opening week hours

StepanChwaluk
Community Member
4 years ago

Biggest letdown of my traveling career, although I got a cool story out of it...

NatashaForchione
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so true! I could not even close to the picture.

KittyKat
Community Member
4 years ago

it was such a bummer to see that 1. mona lisa is not as big as i thought it would be and 2. so many people were standing in line that i barely could see her, we had to move on and couldn't stand even a couple of seconds.

BardhR
Community Member
4 years ago

I want to see the colors from near and not from 50 meters. If I know it would never go.

ChristineCalvin
Community Member
4 years ago

I went to the Louvre early one Friday morning in January, so I got to see the Mona Lisa just like in the first photo 'expectations' ✨

MihaelaBogdan
Community Member
4 years ago

That's so ture xD i was there few weeks ago and was exactly like this. Everybody was waiting for the people in front to finish their salfie in order for them to take one too. If you got a place in front and you just try to admire, you will get some people staring at you like "what the hell ar you doing there? "

JenniferRussell
Community Member
4 years ago

I just went in front of everyone and looked at her as close as possible.

CourtneyMcCoy
Community Member
4 years ago

This is very true to my experience. Been twice. But it is still really amazing to see something that famous ....

EricAdams
Community Member
4 years ago

100%! Crowds of people and not a single one of them looks at the painting!

VickieCherry
Community Member
4 years ago

Spot on.

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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

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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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Rilind H Report

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
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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
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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

DanielHernández
Community Member
4 years ago

Still quite impressive

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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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panoramio.com Report

DariusB.
Community Member
4 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
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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