We eagerly wait for our vacations, to plan an outing, to enjoy and explore the different regions of the world. Some do it for traveling, some for peace of mind and relaxation, some other to break the monotony of life.
But, the thing that bugs us out is the realization of the fact that the alternative that we opted for is not worth it! Yes, we know this is a feeling that most of us have already experienced (many times probably). The truth is many times we fall for tourist traps. A tourist trap is a place that attracts tourists from all over the world, are more crowded than expected and services are too expensive than normal. Tourist traps generally transform a place from being a tourist's delight to become a traveler's ordeal.
So, this article is basically to keep you from choosing the wrong option ever again. I have already started to feel sorry for those of you who have already been to any of these places.
You will be shocked to see that there are so many that you didn’t know about:
1. Times Square, Manhattan, New York
Located in the heart of the New York City, it is an extremely crowded, jam-packed and overhyped place to visit. Although, you might enjoy a night walk there, but think twice before going there just for the walk.
Natives also feel that it is unable to reflect the exact nature of the New York crowd and their culture.
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2. Disneyland, Anaheim, California
It might be the favorite place for your kid, but there are little chances for you to like it.
The most problematic thing about Disneyland is that no matter how early you reach there, there is no way that you can save yourself from the tiresome queues of rides, food and everything else.
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3. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
An extremely crowded place with expensive tickets. It is the place you will hardly be able to enjoy especially after all the exhaustion from standing in the long queue.
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4. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
India is the second most populated country in the world. There are times when it gets overcrowded even at one of the most uncommon weekdays. We assume you can very well imagine the size of crowd at the site of one of the seven wonders of the world…
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5. Tower of London, London, UK
It is probably the biggest tourist trap that the UK could offer. Obviously, if it is that popular, then the crowd would also be big and that is exactly the case there.
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This is the main reason for the crowd, not being able to experience the history and feelings attached to it.
6. Las Vegas
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! This is one of the main reason people want to visit Las Vegas. But the reality of Vegas is that you should have a high budget and big heart (to actually spend that money) in order to visit Vegas.
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7. Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong
A statue of Bruce Lee in the Kung Fu pose and souvenir photo booths are all you have here. Not to mention the cheap speakers that hardly play songs that can be understood by the tourists.
This place is made for Chinese crowd kept in mind.
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It's crowded, plays music that cannot be understood and is very uncomfortable.
8. Niagara Falls
Due to rapid growth in commercialization and industrialization, Niagara Falls (the romantic getaway) has changed a lot. The problems like parking space and custom check queues can be a real turn off.
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9. Central Tokyo, Japan
Most of the area of Central Tokyo is filled with people and buildings. There isn’t much to see apart from the steel building that is not at all interesting.
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If you really want to enjoy a peaceful vacation away from the concrete, you can go to the suburbs of Kichijoji and Ogikubo etc.
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