There is nothing worse than arriving at your dream holiday destination to find it is not quite as you imagined, and if the recent survey by social networking site Reddit.com is anything to go by, it seems we should be crossing quite a few famous holiday hotspots off our bucket list!
Reddit asked its voters “What’s the most disappointing tourist destination?” and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, Stonehenge in England, Los Angeles in the US, Paris in France, Venice in Italy and the Caribbean beach resort of Jamaica all made it to the top of the list.
The Great Pyramid of Giza may be a Seventh Wonder of the World, but according to travellers, it is too close to the city, “visible from Pizza Hut”, and the inside of the central chamber looks like “a cow shed”. Others complained that the constant harassment by local sales men ruined their experience.
Paris didn’t do well in the poll either, mainly due to the unfriendliness of locals towards tourists. One voter branded Paris the “worst city on Earth” while others complained that they couldn’t even order a coffee without disdainful looks from the waiter.
Our very own Stonehenge was branded ‘overrated’, despite attracting more visitors than any other English Heritage site, with voters claiming it was too far from London, smaller than they imagined, and too expensive!
Los Angeles was labelled “a run-down, dangerous and dirty urban sprawl”, Jamaica “a tourist trap” and even Venice didn’t escape the ire of international travellers, with one visitor referring to it as “horribly polluted and filled with garbage”!
While there are some destinations in the world that I wouldn’t rush back to, I can’t say I have ever been truly disappointed with my holiday destination – what about you?