Don’t Go It’s A Tourist Trap

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Don’t you hate it when you ask for travel advice and someone tells you not to go to the one place that you have always wanted to go because it is a tourist trap? Whether it is The Empire State Building in New York, The White House in Washington, D.C., or The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, tourists spots are popular for the simple fact that tourists want the experience that they have to offer. It’s no wonder that tourism is a multi-million dollar business.

Dee standing across the street from the touristy La Bodeguita del Medio in Cuba in 2018.       
Havana
Photo: Claudia Rodriguez Herrera

I get that we want people to have an authentic experience when they visit a destination, but I always encourage first time visitors to do all of the touristy things just in case you don’t get a chance to go back again. The next time you visit the same destination, I say you should explore the off the beaten path hidden gems. I grew up in San Francisco which is one of the most touristy destinations in the United States. Whenever family and friends visited San Francisco they wanted to go on the cable cars, view the Golden Gate Bridge, and go to Fisherman’s Wharf. I was always happy to oblige because my hometown is a beautiful city and I love to show it off. I am also a big fan of the hop on hop off buses like Big Bus which lets you visit all of the touristy spots in one day at your leisure. Click on the link to book your tickets in advance.

Watch me do all the touristy things in Havana Cuba

The next time someone tries to dissuade you from seeing a popular tourist destination just politely thank them, then ask if they have any helpful tips for getting around the long lines and the crowds.

What touristy spots have you been told not to visit during your travels? Share them in the comment section. Remember to like, subscribe, and share!


One thought on “Don’t Go It’s A Tourist Trap

  1. Some places that are tourist traps I don’t enjoy – if it is crowded and offers no real value. I do love a lot of tourist traps like the Eiffel Tower, Top of the Rock, etc. If it has a good view or an interesting history or is a cultural site, I’m probably going no matter what people say 🙂

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