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What You Expect Your Vacation to Be Like vs. Reality

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    Instagram and social media may be ruining a number of things for avid travelers. With more and more tourists flocking to famous destinations, historical ruins and landmarks are eroding away.

    The large crowds can also make it difficult to enjoy a scenic view or a special moment seeing your favorite painting. These pictures are evidence that the exotic places and secluded beaches shown on social media might not always be what they seem in real life.

    Taking a classic photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy 

    Admiring the view in Santorini, Greece

    Having a nice picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

    Getting a glimpse of the famous Mona Lisa in the Louvre museum in France

    Enjoying a romantic gondola ride in Venice, Italy

    Taking the ultimate picture while swimming with dolphins 

    Making a wish at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy 

    Strolling through the enchanted Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Japan 

    Learning about the history of Wat Rong Khun Temple in Thailand 

    Taking in the scenery at the Forbidden City in Beijing, China 

    Spending time with your lover at the Spanish steps in Italy 

    Getting time to yourself on the idyllic beaches in Thailand 

    Embarking on the treacherous climb of Mount Everest in Nepal 

    Lying on pristine beaches in the Maldives

    Paying a visit to the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt

    Visiting childhood tales of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark 

    Standing in awe of the grand Taj Mahal, India 

    Exploring the Sacred Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia 

    Discovering the beauty of Antelope Canyon, Arizona

    Soaking in the majestic view of Machu Picchu, Peru 

    Hanging out at the historical Acropolis of Athens, Greece

    Walking the very long Great Wall of China 

    Visiting water parks during the hot summer days

    Admiring St. Peter’s Square while waiting to enter the Basilica in Vatican City

    Sun bathing on the sandy beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Checking out the incredible architectural designs of Gaudi’s Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain

    Being in awe of the civil engineering feats of the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, India  

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