Whether the perfect do-nothing beach holiday or excursions on a budget package tour, vacations and the tourism involved should leave us feeling enriched in one way or another. Whatever you’re doing doesn’t have to be fun, but it should not leave you bored enough to want to bash your head against a wall until you lose consciousness.
I’m happy to assume that, no matter where you go, most people feel the same way. Most people. Some just get it horribly wrong, but somehow still manage to realise their dream of creating, say, a museum to lawnmowers. I’m serious. If you think that’s bad, wait until you see the other most boring, disappointing, and random places you could visit on planet earth.
Giza Complex, Egypt
Visiting Egypt’s Giza pyramids and sphinx is closer to a religious pilgrimage than mere sightseeing for many tourists who file past the ancient structures every year. How many have dreamed of that moment for decades; their interest first sparked by stories of beautiful queens, strange gods, and cursed tombs?
Sorry for them, because the famous tourist trap is a stone’s throw from the dirty chaos that is Cairo. A highway, city smog, global fast food brand signs, and beggars destroy the atmosphere, and the exorbitant prices charged for everything leave many wondering why they bothered in the first place.
British Lawnmower Museum, UK
Have you ever looked at a lawnmower and thought, Gosh, these things sure deserve their own museum? No? Can’t say that I have, either.
Someone in Merseyside, United Kingdom, did, however, and they were serious enough to make it happen. Visit it of you need to know about racing on the things, or what the lawnmowers of the rich and famous looked like (just remember the rich and famous don’t mow their own lawns. They have staff for that).
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Teapot Island, UK
That stuff about the lawnmower museum? That, but replace the grass-cutting machines with teapots. 6700 of them.
Yes, someone in Maidstone, UK, thought a teapot museum was a good idea. They gave it a fun name, though. Teapot Island. There are other museums that will leave you in awe and wonder that they are still in existence in the UK. You could make a tour of it, if you want to die from boredom, by also visiting the Pencil Museum in Keswick, the Dog Collar Museum in Kent’s Leeds Castle, and a lock museum in Willenhall.
Ecuador is an equatorial country, which makes it a popular destination for those who want to take a photo of their feet on either side of the imaginary line (signposted, for convenience). What is not known to many is that, unlike anywhere else in the world, the country has two equators.
What I’ll call the main attraction is not even on the equator. The real location is a short distance to the north. Anyone desperate for accuracy can visit a smaller monument at the site.
Four Corners Monument, USA
If you look at a map of the USA, you might notice that Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah meet at right angles. You can even visit that spot, if you ever find yourself in the area.
Why you would be there in the first place is anyone’s guess, because, other than a circle of concrete and stone in the ground, there is absolutely nothing there. On the bright side, the hard surface would make bashing your head until you lose consciousness quick and easy.