There are two types of tourists in the world. There are who that don’t complain, and then there are Americans. Okay, we’re just joking. Sort of. But mostly we are. Complaining and tourism seem to go hand in hand. Whether it’s service, prices, cleanliness, or anything else, it seems like visiting a foreign country can just open the flood gates of complaining.
The fact is, however, that sometimes the complaints are legitimate. Just to be clear though, our list today has nothing to do with “legitimate” complaints. It only points out what people are saying. It is up to you to decide whether you feel the complaints are worth taking into consideration or not. For example, most complaints are usually directed against the cultural norms of a certain area. Things like “the people are so rude” or “the buildings are so ugly.” That’s just the way it is. The problem with this is that the complaints can often become subjective. To one person that culture may be rude, to another person they just might be staying out of your business. It’s a matter of perspective. Either way, these 25 Tourist Locations People Complain About For Various Reasons.
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Even the locals will complain about how boring it is. It’s a great place to visit once, though.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The disparity between rich and poor here is so stark that you may begin to wonder whether someone is playing a joke on you. Bourbon Street is nice to see once, but after that you’ll want to move on.
To the Europeans among you: it’s a tourist trap. Florida is more than Orlando.
While it is a beautiful city and the people are friendly, it has become far less of a “tourist spot” in recent years. Petty crime and terrorism rank high on the list of things to watch out for.
The Taj Mahal, India
While the building might be worth seeing, the surrounding areas are extremely run down. Definitely don’t wander off the beaten path too much.
Unless you’ve been to India or some other comparable places in Asia, Lagos will be a different world for you. It’s crowded beyond comprehension, and if you manage to get out without being extorted, you should write a book about it.
It’s America’s Siberia.
There is a reason that nothing is here, not even roads.
There is perhaps no better place to get conned or robbed than one of the most crowded cities in the Asia.
If you are expecting a pristine beach vacations, expect again. As a non-local you will be harassed, and the beaches are not all they are cracked up to be.
It is a lot dirtier and poorer than the romantic vision of Italy that you have in your head.
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The traffic is unbelievable.
Some of the sights are worth it, but what nobody told you is that a lot of the city is just poverty.
This counts double if you are a woman. And oh yeah…public executions are a thing. A very real thing.
About 50% of people hate Venice and about 50% love it. This pretty much boils down to how adverse you are to tourist traps.
Alice Springs, Australia
This city in the middle of the desert has a pretty bad reputation for crime. Apparently there isn’t too much else to do out there.
Get ready to be pressured into buying things you don’t need by relentless gangs.
Everything is bigger here, including your waistline when you leave.
Note: This applies to many regions of the southern United States for those of you coming from outside of America.
Los Angeles, California
The weather is good, and the people are friendly, but this place is sprawling and unruly. A lot like Naples, there are some parts you probably don’t want to visit.
Camden, New Jersey
It’s pretty much a third world country in the middle of one of the richest states in the union.
There is actually a psychological syndrome called the Paris Syndrome. Japanese tourists exhibit symptoms similar to anxiety attacks quite often due to the fact that Paris often doesn’t live up to their unrealistic expectations. The Japanese embassy even has a hotline they can call and sometimes they are airlifted back to Japan.
The toll road system has a mysterious way of malfunctioning for foreigners (if you have EU plates). Prepare to be extorted by the militia.
You will be broke when you leave.
It’s probably one of the most lawless places on Earth that actually has an internationally recognized government.
They say it’s the car break-in capital of Europe.
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