Choosing a special place to visit in 2015 is on many of our to-do lists. The question is where would be fun to explore and experience. Choosing a destination is extremely important, so knowing that some of the world’s most impressive tourist destinations aren’t as great as they seem is important. From Mystic Egypt to Glamorous Hollywood, here are five of the worst places to travel to that you wouldn’t think would be bad choices.
From Must See To Most Disappointing
Despite its reputation for the exotic, the land of the Nile River, the Pyramids at Giza, and the Sphinx has experience a great deal of political unrest in the last few years. It is advisable to follow the recommendations of your country’s foreign affairs department. Cairo is also known for its traffic jams and high levels of pollution.
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is a city full of the rich and elegant lifestyle. It should be no surprise that Dubai was rated the second most expensive city in the world for hotel rates in 2014. Dubai is in the middle of the Arabian Desert and can get extremely dusty and dirty at times.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England sounds like a great place to visit. You will need to book your visit ahead and carefully plan it, because the site will only take advance bookings for visits. Those that have visited Stonehenge have complained that they can’t get close enough to the pre-historic monument to see it.
The city of romance, Paris boasts the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral. It also boasts being dirty and having locals who are rude. Loud and boisterous behavior is frowned upon by Parisians, as they tend to be rather quiet and reserved. It is considered rude to assume that people in Paris will or can speak English, so brush up on the French phrases. Read about the Paris syndrome here.
Hollywood is the land of glamour, movie stars, and homeless people. Hollywood Boulevard is a central location for the stars in the ‘Walk of Fame’ sidewalk and the bedroom of many homeless people who will beg or panhandle for money for everything from coffee to drugs. The economic downturn means that many stores on Hollywood Boulevard have been closed up and it is a shadow of its former glory.