What You Expect Your Vacation to Be Like vs. Reality

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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