Tourist traps to cross off your bucket list

times square tourist trap

Tourist traps, good or bad, here are a few we’d cross off our bucket list…

…or maybe not? If you think these tourist traps are worth experiencing let us know by adding a comment.

Cancun, Mexico

Tourist trap, Cancun? What about the blue skies, sandy beaches, and crystal clear water? Well it’s all wrapped up in some of the world’s most tasteless tourist infrastructure. Sorry but it’s going downhill, fast. Every inch of it is covered by a sun burnt overweight tourist or yesterday’s vomited tequila. Consider something better in the Yucatan, like Playa del Carmen, Isla Holbox, or Celestun.

Times Square, New York City

Tour touts everywhere, a massive TV, lots of advertising and chain shops you can find anywhere in the country. It’s just too busy. The locals avoid it, and so do empty taxis. So once you’re in, there’s no getting out. If you’re up with the birds, it’s a good time to find some relative quiet in Times Square, but in a city made for people watching, is that really what you’re after? Visiting NYC? Find Deals, Compare Rates, and Read Hotel Reviews on TripAdvisor

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand

The most famous of the floating markets is Damnoen Saduak, about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. There are at least a dozen floating markets in and around Bangkok, yet every tourist comes here. It used to be a legitimate place for locals to enjoy some noodles or shop, but today, thanks to every tour company in the world pushing it on tourists, it’s as authentic as a Leprechaun cooking Japanese food.

Notre Dame, Paris

There are simply too many tourists to make sure this famous cathedral is not a place for silence, contemplation, or tranquility. For a more peaceful Paris experience take a look at it on Google Maps. Visiting Paris? Find Deals, Compare Rates, and Read Hotel Reviews on TripAdvisor

Pyramids of Giza, Cairo

It is the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Almost 5,000 people a day head off to the Pyramids at Giza, and while there are various ways to try and get away from the crowds (ask Karl Pilkington about a camel ride), if you want a closer look you’ll have to follow the hurd.

Leaning tower of Pisa, Tuscany

The height of the tower is 55.86 m (183.27 ft), that’s all you need to know. OK, it does lean over, but do you really need to squeeze through the crowds surrounding it to get a photograph of you ‘holding’ it up? Instead, enjoy some real coffee with the locals, or visit the the Piazza del Duomo to see some medieval architecture.


  1. Greg says:

    You forgot London’s Madame Tussauds! With all the celebrities on telly these days, why would you want to see them made of wax. And it’s too crowded.


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