Overrated! Tourist traps almost everyone fall for

2018-11-11 12:30 - Marisa Crous
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AP/Manish Swarup

AP/Manish Swarup

Long queues, exorbitant ticket fees and then it all falls flat.

Don't be a sheep, there are seriously certain tourist attractions that are so over-hyped and overrated, you are much better off avoiding them all together. 

Take it from me. 

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Hollywood Boulevard

Apparently it's pretty damn average. Masses of people flock here every day to take some snaps of them with their favourite celeb star. Those are just tiles, though. 

The souvenir shops in the area are also incredible overpriced, and the area is so crowded you'll find it difficult to get an unspoiled picture. (There will always be someone looking straight into your lens, or eating a soft serve ice cream unattractively in the background). 

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Times Square, New York 

The Telegraph asked some readers what they thought of this famous square in The Big Apple. Many responded that it's an unbearable place, with no bathrooms. 

Much like many other central squares like Piccadilly Circus in London, Times Square has the bright lights and big city appeal, yet this is definitely not for everyone. And there are many other (often better) sights to see than these squares. 


Sure, it's a wonder of the world and going here means you can see the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe, but it's also rather far from London. It's a sight you spend about 5 minutes at and then leave, and it costs over R300. Next!

Taj Mahal

This is a great example of an attraction that hasn't necessarily been overhyped, but because of overcrowding, many say it's lost its appeal.

Built as a beautiful space to mourn and honour lost love, many say it's too full, too far to drive to get there and completely too loud inside to appreciate the 'serenity' its meant to instil. 

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Leaning tower of Pisa

Everyone wants that cheesy photo. And by everyone I mean EVERYONE in Pisa. The only people in Pisa are those wanting to see this tower. So, tourists. 

Madame Tussauds in every city

I've been to the one in London. I've been to the one in Amsterdam. It's not worth the £35 (R641,86) entrance fee. Rather try and spot celebrities in person, the reward will be much higher. 

The Mona Lisa at The Louvre

It's actually more likely to get a snap of someone snapping the Mona Lisa than actually snapping the paining, as crowds here are massive. The actual painting is tiny. 

Old Town Prague

Okay granted, it is a beautiful historic area. But there are also a lot of American tourists on Segways. And all the  streets are cobblestone?!

It boggled my mind for sure. 

If you do go here to see Charles Bridge etc. try to go as early as possible.

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