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 

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Admiring the view in Santorini, Greece

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

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

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Enjoying a romantic gondola ride in Venice, Italy

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Taking the ultimate picture while swimming with dolphins 

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Making a wish at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy 

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Strolling through the enchanted Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Japan 

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Learning about the history of Wat Rong Khun Temple in Thailand 

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

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Spending time with your lover at the Spanish steps in Italy 

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Getting time to yourself on the idyllic beaches in Thailand 

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Embarking on the treacherous climb of Mount Everest in Nepal 

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Lying on pristine beaches in the Maldives

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

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Visiting childhood tales of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark 

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Standing in awe of the grand Taj Mahal, India 

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Exploring the Sacred Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia 

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Discovering the beauty of Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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Soaking in the majestic view of Machu Picchu, Peru 

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Hanging out at the historical Acropolis of Athens, Greece

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Walking the very long Great Wall of China 

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Visiting water parks during the hot summer days

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

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

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

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

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