World travelers have many varied opinions. Of course, there are general and common narratives about travel to specific places. An online travel forum discusses the opposite of these opinions. There are, in fact, numerous opinions on traveling contrary to popular beliefs.
1. Parisians Are Not Rude
Paris, France, is known for its luminous beauty earning the name "The City of Lights." But over time, Parisians have garnered the reputation of being rude. However, many say this has never been their experience. One individual claims they "haven't met any rude Parisians, but [have] met plenty of rude American tourists."
Another explains that not only are the Parisians they met friendly, but also tolerant and forgiving of their attempts at trying to speak French, appreciating the effort.
2. Tourist Spots Aren't Always Crowded
Tourist hotspots are known for being overcrowded, which can spoil the experience and appreciation of the location. While the familiar places will be teeming with people often, that does not mean they always are.
One traveler says, "I get lots of very popular tourist attractions 100% to myself with zero crowds just by going there before they open or sometimes after they close." Sometimes it's all about timing. Early mornings and late nights can prove to be very peaceful.
3. More Than Museums
A common-held belief is that when traveling, one must only visit all the typical spots, such as museums. These places have their value. But there are many other places for travelers to visit.
One European traveler asserts that there is often much more to cities than historical facts. They use Berlin as a classic example: "Berlin's city landscape is probably a more interesting history lesson than what is contained inside the museums."
4. Las Vegas is Fun
Las Vegas has the reputation of being boring unless you are a gambler, and not a great vacation spot. According to many, Las Vegas can be a fun and lively experience. I am someone who wants to visit but is not a big gambler. I watch many travel vloggers, and Las Vegas looks to have plenty of fun, from incredible-looking eateries to gorgeous hotels and a variety of live entertainment.
5. Beautiful Weather
Some cities, such as London and Vancouver, are known for perpetually gloomy and rainy weather. Some travelers explain very different experiences.
One says it was cloudless, hot, or beautiful weather three times they have been to London. A Vancouver visitor claims their trip there was "wonderfully sunny." My trip to Vancouver was rainy and sunny, which proves that these cities are not singular in their weather.
6. Europe Doesn't Appeal to Everyone
Europe is a dream travel destination for many, but others find it unappealing, especially compared to other countries. One frequent traveler to Europe finds it "monotonous," while another thinks "the never-ending cutesy fairytale vibe is so boring." This sounds incredible to me, but some can grow tired of the similarity in these places.
7. The Grand Canyon is Underwhelming
The United States has numerous National Parks, many of which are stunning. The Grand Canyon is breathtaking for many who gaze upon it, but like Shania Twain, this canyon does not impress everyone. One person says, "it was nice but my least favorite of the 20 U.S. national parks I've been to so far."
I have never visited the Grand Canyon, so I will be impressed if I ever visit. But others find places like Yosemite and the Carlsbad Caverns more impressive. If you're Andy from the series Parks and Recreation, you will wonder where the mountain with President's faces is. That's Mount Rushmore, Andy!
8. Lovely Times in Venice
Travelers to Italy often favor cities such as Rome, Naples, and Florence. But there are numerous travelers with thoughts contrary to the typical ones. One such traveler finds Venice much more unique and less crowded and calls it "magical."
9. Japan is Less Expensive Than Other Countries
Japan has a reputation for being a costly place, especially for tourists. But it depends on where you travel in Japan, what you do, and where you eat. It may not be as pricey as expected. One traveler asserts that they find Japan much more affordable "compared to North America and parts of Europe."
10. The Louvre is More Than the Mona Lisa
The Louvre is the most famous art museum in the world and welcomes countless visitors every year. But some think there is little to see besides the famous Mona Lisa painting. According to many, that is not the case. There is much artistic wonder to behold; if the rare chance to see the basement arises, one should take it.
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