Holiday goers are constantly warned of the perils of visiting tourist traps and how you risk excessive waiting times, costs, crowded areas and being ripped off by conmen. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture does it? Yet we keep going to them in the droves, but why? Well it is often as simple as that these are the most unique and special areas in the world, whether natural or man made and they are well worth seeing. This is why there are popular and that is why they continue to be so, you might not always enjoy parts of an experience but you can rest happily knowing you can tick it off your list of things to do and often the positive will outweigh the negative.
The things with the special tourist traps (and we don’t mean famous Australian beaches) but the real points of interest, is that you just have to suck it up and know what to expect when you are visiting. So here is a list of some of the world’s real treasures that you have to rummage through other tourists to see.
Everyone is familiar with the Taj Mahal and it became even more popular after Princess Diana was photographed there, in fact people still replicate the photo to this day. The side is one of India’s most popular and on average attracts 3 million visitors a year. As a result a lot of people immediately think to avoid it, this is a big mistake as it really does live up to the hype and if you go at the right time of day then you will be treated to an exceptional view as the sun either rises or sets. Be smart and pick the times you expect least people to visit and even consider going on a rainy day, as it will help limit crowds.
When you think of Greece your mind conjures up images of ancient civilisations and beautiful architecture. However you might be in for a bit of a shock as the likes of Athens are almost entirely modern, don’t let this deter you, as there is still plenty of culture and history to soak up. Head up the mountain to the Acropolis and you will be rewarded with ancient architecture that has stood the test of time and continues to be the heart of Athens. On average it gets 1 million visitors a year, but once again choosing the right time will result in you have a near uninterrupted walk and beautiful views of the city.
The Grand Canyon This site in Arizona has become a hot spot for tourism and people trying to make money, if you bypass all this what you will find is one of the most interesting natural wonders of the world. This is the perfect example of a hidden treasure, as tourists just tend to briefly visit the site for the day and therefore miss all of its glory. Instead invest a few days and avoid the well-worn tracks that tourists stick to and you will get a much deeper and enjoyable experience.