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Beautiful Destinations That Make Horrible Vacations

Paris, France

Paris, France

As Americans, we have a very romanticized view of France. Anything French is seen as sophisticated, classic, and timeless, so it's only fitting that Paris is at the top of most Americans’ travel bucket lists. It is called the “city of love” after all—and who doesn’t want to travel to such a romantic destination, especially with the one you love?

However, you would likely be sorely let down if you go to Paris with this idea. Many American tourists say that Paris is a dirty city that's often crowded with locals and other tourists from all over the world. Not only that, but Parisians may come off as rude to many Americans, and vice versa. So, it might be hard to feel welcomed in this mega metropolis. Several people do love their vacations to Paris, though, so it definitely isn’t all bad, but if you go into it with the highest of expectations, you will very likely be let down.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

If you're looking for a relaxing beach vacation filled with hours spent wading in the waves and quietly sipping cocktails on the beach, you would be disappointed if you planned this vacation in Cabo solely based on the resorts’ pictures you were researching. Sure, there are some relaxing places in Cabo, but it’s mostly known as a wild party town for college students.

You will also have to keep in mind the current social climate in Mexico. The Baja Peninsula, where Cabo is located, is one of the most dangerous regions in the world related to homicide rates. Even though the crime is mostly among locals due to the ongoing drug war, tourists should still be aware of local events. You will also have to be careful about the water you drink since plumbing isn’t what you’re likely used to in the U.S., and many of the beaches have deadly riptides, so be educated about the places you choose to swim in Cabo.

Egypt

Egypt
Although safe travel is an option in Egypt even with all of the social and political unrest that has been going on in the country during the past decade, if you are looking for a fun, care-free, and history-filled vacation, you should take precaution before you decide to book your flight to and hotel in Egypt. The fact of the matter is that Egypt is not in a good political or social climate right now, so you can’t go to Egypt to simply enjoy it because that is not the responsible thing to do, either for your safety or for the respect of the locals. It is very short-sighted, and even rude, to treat a foreign country as a playground. There are real people living their real lives and undergoing real hardships, and if you plan to travel to a foreign country, it is the respectful thing to do to first inform yourself about not only the political and social climate, but also the cultures and customs of the country so you don’t do anything that will upset the people that live there.

Myanmar

Myanmar

Myanmar is a beautiful country to visit in Asia if you want to go to a place that isn’t as tourist-heavy as other parts of Asia. However, even though you have this benefit as a tourist and that the country is relatively safe for travel (it ranks close to the United States in the Global Peace Index), you still have to be very careful when considering where you want to travel in Myanmar or even if it would be a good idea to travel there.

Myanmar has been in a civil war for the past 70 years, but despite all of this internal conflict, tourism is open in the country. However, just because it is open does not mean that it will be a wonderful vacation site or that it isn’t insensitive to visit during a brutally long civil war. Essentially, before you travel to a new place, please do your research into the culture of the country you are visiting, not only which resorts or tours look the best.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Much like Paris, Venice is also seen as a very romantic destination for many Americans. However, that right there is just the problem. Since so many Americans love the idea of Venice as a vacation, tons of Americans flood the canal-lined streets and bridges of this floating city every year. This not only creates problems with the locals, but also with the way you experience the city as a tourist as well.

Tourism funds a large part of the Venetian economy, just like in most other big cities in Italy, but it is also driving out the locals and forcing them to constantly cater to tourists, even if that is not what they want to do. Outside of the local opinion of tourism, it is likely a horrible vacation destination for Americans because they don’t anticipate just how crowded it is. It’s a smaller city and very compact, so instead of being surrounded by the romance of Venice, you are surrounded by American tourists who are often just as clueless as you are.