20+ Photos of Sights That Are Way Different From What Guidebooks Promised

4 years ago

When choosing a place to spend our vacation, we freeze when we see amazing photos of beaches and sights in capitals that we find when reading the ads and guidebooks. And, unfortunately, sometimes it happens that when we finally arrive at our destination, the place doesn’t even look close to how we expected it to be. A beautiful view might be spoiled by an angle that is different from the ad photos and a huge crowd of tourists, or some unusual natural phenomenon.

We at Bright Side are asking you not to panic and not to get upset when something like this happens. Just enjoy the new views, because you went on vacation to experience new and positive emotions. And this article will show you what you should be ready for.

1. Santorini, Greece

2. The Eiffel Tower, Paris

3. The walls of the Moscow Kremlin

4. Burj Khalifa, UAE

5. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

6. Marrakech Medina, Morocco

7. Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

8. Rakotzbrücke Bridge, Germany

9. Preikestolen, Norway

10. The Blue Lake, Abkhazia

11. Las Vegas, Nevada, US

12. Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

13. Pamukkale, Turkey

14. The bull on Wall Street, New York

15. Manhattan

16. The Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

17. The beaches in the Dominican Republic

18. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

19. Amsterdam

20. Big Ben, London

21. Street food in Thailand

Bonus: In order to take a photo without other people in it, sometimes all you have to do is go behind the building.

Do you have photos from your trips where your expectations were really different from reality?

Preview photo credit BlanchePopinat / pikabu


Some people should pic a better time to visit these places! also are we suprised that cool landmarks are crowded?
This is your stupidest article yet! Most of these are just two pics taken at different angles! I ask myself why I keep coming back to this app. It's ridiculous.
So what if places are crowded or foggy, when one person goes?! Obviously time of year, photo angle, actually being close to the landmark makes a huge difference. We need more posts about “the right time of year/day” to visit these places. The last photo is the most realistic. Photographers know about lighting, time of day, and how to have the subject in the photo instead of a crowd (unless a crowd is supposed to be in a shot.) Sure, for some places the “postcard” photo may be unrealistic, but I hope expectation vs. reality don’t keep people from learning about interesting/beautiful places. I still LIKE these types of articles though, it reminds an introverted nerd like me that I definitely should choose the right time of year to make certain trips.

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