If you are a frequent traveler, you have definitely come across a few tourist traps that you later realized you had fallen in. These traps exist pretty much everywhere or at least everywhere that tourism is high and money are being thrown. Tourists are overcharged for way less than they thought they would see and they have to wait in terribly long lines for even up to an hour. But, the most annoying thing of them all is when you visit a famous landscape, you pay a bucket of money, wait for hours and get disappointed or bored but what you see. If at least the last part was missing, then the entire exhaustion would be worth it. These places shown below are some of the biggest tourist traps, meaning that not only you will be overcharged and wait in unending lines, but you will also see a lot less than what you expected.
1. The Hollywood Walk of Fame
Sunset Boulevard is way less glamorous than Hollywood wants you to think. There are many beggars asking for your money, people trying to sell you things and urine smells everywhere. Needless to say that you have to be very careful of your personal belongings.
For tourists to enter Elvis Presley’s last home, the cost is $30 and you get to see…almost nothing. It’s just the home of Elvis and the house’s front lawn. That’s it.
3. Times Square
Times Square is one of the most crowded places on earth. You can get stolen in the blonk of an eye and scammers and people who want to sell you stuff will approach you at your every step.
4. Winston Churchill’s Britain at War Experience
The only things that people can see in this museum if a few fake mannequins and some posters. If you want to see some genuine WWII sites, you can visit Churchill’s bunker, which is around the corner.
5. Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the biggest scams on the planet, since tourists are charged 15 euros just to stand in line and take a photo next to the building.
6. Great Pyramid of Giza
Besides the fact that the desert where the pyramids are placed is smaller than you thought all these years, the crowds can be dizzying. For you to get in the pyramids, you might have to wait behind even 5,000 people.
7. Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is truly spectacular, but not if you are a tourist trying to get on top. The crowds waiting in line are so huge that you even if you get up, you will be so frustrated and angry that you won’t enjoy it.
8. Niagara Falls
While the falls themselves are beautiful, it’s all the super expensive hotels and skeevy casinow that might ruin your trip. Everyone’s trying to make a profit off of you and that ruins that natural beauty of the site.
When traveling abroad, keep in mind that most businesses see you as a walking wallet. They will promise things in order to take your money and if you act recklessly, you might end up regretting it.