can be a bit like a birthday
disappointing. You really want a pony, but you get socks. Now that everyone goes everywhere with a camera, our lives are filled with amazing images of amazing places. Celebrities love
to post images of their awesome lives on social media, but what their photos (and others) usually crop out is reality
. Nowhere to be seen are the crowds, the line-ups or the garbage strewn grounds. The following photos are a bit of a reality check.
When you travel
, remember to lower your expectations and go with the flow. It`ll help you have a great holiday free
The Great Wall of China
Most photographs of the Great Wall of China would have you believe it looks like this.
But during busy times, it can be hard to even see the wall.
Here`s an Instagram shot of Justin Bieber enjoying the comforts of a private plane.
Meanwhile, the rest of us have to deal with this.
The Mona Lisa
On Instagram, Beyonce
gets up close and personal with the Mona Lisa... and shows off some jewellery.
It`s unlikely you`ll get a private audience with the Mona Lisa you`ll have to learn
On Instagram, Fashion
model Karlie Kloss shows us how she arranges her essentials for screening at security.
While the rest of us are treated like cattle.
On Instagram, Khloe Kardashian shows us that the best place to enjoy a big party is on the roof.
Unless you have good connections, you`ll be stuck in the middle of this.
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and social media is full of images like this.
But the reality is more like this.
The Little Mermaid
In most Instagram photos, Copenhagen`s Little Mermaid statue appears to be in a tranquil setting.
But during tourist season, the scene is far from idyllic.
If you`re a superstar like Rihanna, Instagrams of your travels look like this. Often you have the whole place to yourself.
And then there`s the rest of us.
Travel by Bus
Many of the biggest entertainers travel by bus. But they go in style, with lush seating, a wet bar and lots of entertainment choices. This is The Saturday`s tour bus.
We regular folk get to play
the tour bus lottery: will the bathroom work
? Or the air-con? And who will we get stuck beside?
If you flew first class on an airline like Emirates, you`d be able to post amazing photos of gourmet creations on social media.
While the rest of us, if we even get a meal, get something like this.