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
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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