10 Tourist Traps That Are Actually Worth Visiting

Unfortunately, there are a lot of places in the world now that have become overly saturated with tourists that they have become unenjoyable to visit. BUT, don’t always listen to the negative things people say… and go see them for yourself!

Here is my list of 10 places that a lot of people or travel articles say NOT to visit but I think are totally worth going to!

  1. Blue Lagoon (Grindavik, Iceland) – Before my trip to Iceland, I read many articles and blogs that said not to go to the Blue Lagoon. I’m glad I didn’t listen to them. Is it expensive? YES. But all of Iceland is expensive. I went really early to beat the crowds. It does start to get crowded in the afternoon. So, either go really early or stay late, as they don’t close until 8pm. The Blue Lagoon was beautiful, relaxing and something I’ve never experienced before in my life. Definite must.
  2. Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia) – I’m not even going to lie or try to make it sound like there were no negatives to Angkor Wat. There were A LOT of people. I mean, A LOT! At 5am, there were already hundreds and hundreds of people lined up around the main temple at Ankor Wat. It’s impossible to get photos without no one it in the more popular temples (i.e. Tomb Raider temple). But, I still think it was worth it. I really enjoyed exploring the many beautiful temples and learning about the history of Cambodia.
  3. Cliffs of Moher (Co Clare, Ireland) – One of the most beautiful places I saw on my trip to Ireland. Pictures don’t do it any justice. You must see it for yourself.
  4. Times Square (New York City, New York, USA) – Of course this is a tourist trap. Everything is expensive, it’s crowded, it’s busy… they hope all of those flashy lights will grab your attention and pull you in. Well, they sure do and I don’t regret a thing. Times Square is amazing. You feel like you’re in a movie as you walk around and look above at the tall skyscraper buildings and big billboards for various musicals. It’s absolutely magical.
  5. Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh, Northeast Vietnam) – It wasn’t what I quite expected or had pictured in my head… but I definitely think it is still worth the visit. The boat ride into the bay was the best part.
  6. The Strip (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) – I’m not just saying this because I’m from Vegas… but seriously, VEGAS is a must for everyone at least once. There really is no place like it.
  7. Eiffel Tower (Paris, France) – I don’t care what other people or articles and blogs say… yes, Paris is super touristy but I fell in LOVE with the city. It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. It really is the city of love.
  8. Monkey Forest (Ubud, Bali, Indonesia) – If you’re in Ubud, you must spend a few hours at the monkey forest! I don’t remember exactly how much we paid for the entrance fee… but I know it wasn’t much. The forest is actually really big and you can spend a good amount of time walking around and you’ll see a lot of monkeys!
  9. Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, California, USA) – I love San Francisco… it’s one of my favorite cities in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge is beautiful and is a must when you’re in the Bay Area.
  10. Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – I didn’t really like Kuala Lumpur to be honest. I really wouldn’t care to go back… but what saved me from completely despising the city were the Petronas Towers. Definitely splurge on the ticket to see the skybridge and it takes you to the top of the tower. You can see the whole city from the top!

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