Ever gone on vacation, decided to visit a popular tourist destination, and then been completely disappointed and underwhelmed by the whole experience?
Maybe the area was so packed with other tourists you couldn’t take a step without bumping into someone. Maybe some successful pickpockets swiped your wallet and phone. Maybe the attraction itself just couldn't live up to the expectations that were built up in your head and even worse, it ended up being almost prohibitively expensive to get into.
No matter the situation, we understand your pain and have some suggestions for 5 tourists spots to ditch completely and the places you should visit instead.
1. Cardiff Castle — Cardiff, Wales
For those of you looking for a bit of idyllic green scenery, then taking a stroll through the neighboring Bute Park is what you’re looking for. Lastly, for those of you looking for some history and culture, then there’s the National Museum of Wales, which is located just outside of Cardiff, but still easily reachable by a quick bus trip. Don't confuse it with the National Museum of Cardiff though!
2. Bourbon Street — New Orleans, LA
3. Original Starbucks at Pike Place Market — Seattle, WA
4. London Bridge — London, England
Another side note: While trying to search for a picture of the London Bridge, all the images that came up ended up being of the Tower Bridge... Honestly, just go visit that one instead, you won’t be disappointed by the photo op.
5. Kuta Beach — Bali, Indonesia
If you’re looking to embark on your perfectly relaxing beach paradise vacation in Bali, then locals suggest avoiding this area at all costs. The beach tends to be overcrowded, dirty, and filled with drunken tourists, making it not ideal for relaxation—but a good place to party, if that’s your scene.
However, if you're looking for a more relaxed and serene experience, then locals suggest heading to the beaches up north to beat the crowds and mess. Although it’s a bit of a trek, islands such as Gili Meno will have the pristinely beautiful and uncrowded paradisiacal views you’re looking for.