Post Last Modified – July 06, 2021
About Traveling To Tourist Attractions
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When creating a travel itinerary to a new destination, most of us usually want to add some of the areas popular tourist attractions to our list. After all, they are popular and iconic for a reason – right?
Well, not always.
Places like these are usually called “tourist traps” for a reason. Oftentimes, your expectations will exceed your reality when it comes to experiencing these attractions.
They are often heavily crowded and sometimes less impressive than you had expected.
Go Early To Beat The Crowds
Tourist Attractions Tip # 1
These places are popular, which means that there will be hundreds, or even thousands of other tourists there. Like you, they are all trying to get the same pictures and have the same experience as you at the same time.
Therefore, it is going to be crowded and you might spend the majority of your time waiting in line and/or pushing your way through the crowds.
Probably not the way you want to spend your vacation, right?
If you want to have the most space and quiet, it is best to get there as soon as you can in the morning.
Do some research to see what time places open and try to be there the minute they unlock the doors, to skip the long lines and heavier crowds of people.
If you look on Google, you can sometimes see the peak times for locations like museums or amusement parks, so you can plan accordingly to be there when things are a bit slower.
Many Attractions May Not Be Worth Going To
Tourist Attractions Tip # 2
Just because a spot is popular doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to see it while you’re visiting. There are plenty of popular attractions in major cities that are overrated.
They are simply not as fun or interesting as they may appear to be in the movies or on the internet.
For instance, check out this post from – The Travel. A very popular travel website in the United States on 20 Of The Most Overrated USA Tourist Attractions.
🏰 The Travel – 20 Most Overrated USA Tourist Attractions
Some of the most overrated tourist destination spots they mention include;
The Empire State Building and Times Square in New York City;
The Hollywood Sign And Walk of Fame in Los Angeles;
The Space Needle in Seattle;
The Palace of Versailles in France;
The Mona Lisa at The Louvre;
The Taj Mahal in India;
The Colosseum in Rome.
All of these places tend to be extremely overcrowded and really offer little to do besides take pictures or listen to a history lesson.
While you may want to pop in just to say that you’ve been there, many seasoned travelers suggest spending your time elsewhere.
Instead, take some time to research other areas by checking out some reputable travel blogs for example. See what recommendations they offer for better alternatives.
Also, be sure to talk to the locals and ask what they may personally recommend checking out.
Attractions That Fit Into Your Budget
Tourist Attractions Tip #3
Tourism makes cities a lot of money, so businesses will often up charge everything in the area to maximize profits.
According to 🏛 SelectUSA -The United States alone generates over $1.6 trillion in travel and tourism alone every year!
Typically, everything is going to be far more expensive within the general vicinity of popular tourist spots. Things such as transportation and taxi rates, food & drinks, and parking prices.
This is of course in addition to the cost of admittance, so the dollars can add up pretty fast!
If you are traveling on a tight budget, you will want to factor these costs in before you commit to any plans. While there are some ways to save yourself some money (such as renting bikes or packing your own lunch), it may end up not being worth going based on the cost alone.
Consider Travel In The Off Season
Tourist Attractions Tip # 4
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If you want to save money and get away from the crowds, consider going during the off-seasons. Travelling during the less popular times of the year can also save you a pretty penny on airplane tickets and hotel reservations, too.
Many of the popular tourist attractions will certainly be less busy in the off season, and entrance fees may be reduced as well.
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The best practices to save yourself money and steer away from the busy crowds is to;
✔ Go to “summer” destinations in the fall or winter (or vice versa);
✔ Go the week or month before major travel events, like spring break or big festivals;
✔ Don’t be afraid of rainy season travel. Oftentimes, it will just rain for a few hours of the day and be sunny and comfortable for the rest of the time;
✔ Consider visiting cities in the winter time and plan more indoor activities.
Travel In Groups & Save
Tourist Attractions Tip # 5
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Rather than trying to plan out the itinerary on your own, save yourself the headache by opting to book a pre-planned excursion instead.
You can book this type of travel, while at the same time, take advantage of the 👩 Benefits Of Booking With A Professional Travel Agent.
Many hotels offer tours that can be added on to your booking for a discount.
For example, world renowned 🛌 Airbnb also offers unique experiences that are hosted by knowledgeable guides to show you the area.
Traveling with a group of tourists is a fun way to meet other travelers during your trip.
Plus, the guides will often take you to multiple attractions on the same trip, which allows you to see the sights with a knowledgeable local.
Traveling is always an incredible experience, but you want to be sure that you make the most of your trip. Sometimes heading to a popular destination attraction is definitely worth the time and expense and sometimes, it’s just not.
Always do your research to see what other travelers have to say and be open to changing your plans to create a better experience – no matter where the road takes you.
Amy Price is the Co-Founder of Cool Sunshine RV Park, a comfortable destination for RV trips in Alamosa, CO. Being in the RV industry, Amy proactively assists travelers with all the required information about RV camping spots.
In her spare time, she likes to explore the Rocky Mountains and seek out her next favorite coffee shop.
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
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