In Trip Advisor we trust

While it doesn’t necessarily aspire to it, Trip Advisor can be a great source of amusement.

In Trip Advisor we trust

A regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices, SJ has been to five of the seven continents and has lived in two.

I have to start this article by coming straight out and announcing that I am not Trip Advisor’s biggest fan.

It may be because some of my nearest and dearest constantly refer to it as a site for whiny Americans (or Australians, or anyone, for that matter), but I have grown up with the mentality that the reviews are to be taken with a grain of salt. Plus, it seems unlikely that one would find any groundbreaking discoveries on Trip Advisor.

That said, it was while sitting in bed one night in Bellagio, Italy, that I scrolled across one of the funniest things I have read this year featuring, you guessed it, Trip Advisor.  

For those of you who may have missed it, most likely because you're happily residing in the most liveable city in the world, earlier this year, Trip Advisor announced that London was ranked number one out of all the travel destinations in the world.

In addition to this prestigious ranking, Trip Advisor is also responsible for some of the times tourists were anything but impressed with London as a travel destination. Reading aloud to my mum what tourists found bitterly disappointing about London’s sights left me with tears streaming down my face – due to laughter. I felt it was only fair to share the hysterical accounts regarding some of the world's number-one travel destination’s top sights.

1. Big Ben


2. Buckingham Palace


3. The V&A Museum


4. The Shard


5. Madame Tussauds


6. Bethnal Green


7. The Globe

8. Nelson’s Column


9. Nelson’s Column take two


10. Abbey Road


Join in on the tongue-in-cheek fun and tell us about the most disappointing tourist sight that you ever visited. After all, you never know who may find it helpful ... or amusing!



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    8th Oct 2016
    went to see the aborigines at Ayres rock in the 70,s.There were 4 women in cotton dresses sitting around a fire burning patterns into machine made boomerangs with old coat hangers while a solitary male sat in the shade with his cigarette.not a very impressive meeting
    8th Oct 2016
    Oh dear! None of these raised even a semblence of a smile, let alone hysterical laughter. Bob's comment much more interesting...
    older but no wiser
    8th Oct 2016
    Can only imagine SJ has an amazing sense of humour as I couldn't find any thing even vaguely amusiing in the items which reduced her to tears of laughter. No fan of travel adviser myself I don't really see the point of inane critiques within the app or, by people complaining or otherwise adv ocating the app's content in 'editorial' type articles. At best, a pompous article.
    9th Oct 2016
    I have never read such ignorant comments about London. If that is humour, good grief!
    What are your jokes like at dinner-time?
    10th Oct 2016
    To all of those people who think these comments were not funny. I think it was the expectations of the comment writers at which SJ was laughing. This is what made me smile. Yes Big Ben is a clock. Madame Tussauds is people made of wax. While I was reading that comment I thought of all the people I have met over the years. Several of them I can imagine believing that the celebrities should be there to sign an autograph. By the time I got to the end of these comments I found them more sad than amusing.

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