What we at Travel Weekly love most about the prominence of online reviews is seeing just how petty and off-topic a person can get when reviewing a tourist attraction.
Luckily for us, the Washington Post has put in the hard yards and sifted through the trolls to find the best of the worst comments TripAdvisor users have left on the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Following the destruction of all but one wonder on the original list of wonders, with only the Great Pyramid of Giza left standing, the New Seven Wonders Foundation hosted a contest to find the new seven wonders, with tens of millions of people voting.
Most people are mystified by the sites, but a special select few are more than ready to tear shreds off them in the form of some very cranky internet reviews.
Our personal favourite is this number written by a user called Undeadbeauty about Chichen Itza in Mexico, decrying the lack of beer on the tour bus.
“NOT worth it. … The tour guide on the bus was rude to me and not funny, in fact, he made the bus ride longer with his monotoned unfunny dialogue, the radio thing they gave us to listen to the guide on the tour stopped working halfway,” Undeadbeauty said.
“They were supposed to offer us soda OR beer on the ride back but they didn’t offer beer at all. Vendors kept shoving things in my face and following me to try to sell me things to the point of harassment and the overall experience was awful.
“The sights were ok but the people made it so terrible I will never return to Mexico again. It was NOT WORTH THE MONEY! People said its because its a poor country but so is Jamaica and Jamaica was nothing like this. Jamaica was wonderful, Mexico was TERRIBLE!”
Then, you have Jehorne, who found the Colosseum in Italy to be a very creepy place.
“Creepy place … Don’t like to see the persecution of Christians. Creepy place. The pain and suffering here was beyond imagination,” Jehorne said.
Califon went as far as saying the Taj Mahal in India looked better in pictures.
“Looks better in the pictures. … We visited here from Dehli and were honestly disappointed. The building is not as big or elaborate as we thought,” Califon said.
“There were lots of people making veiwing difficult. The actual tombs are below ground so you are only looking at copies of the tombs and the other visitors were disrespectful by taking pictures etc despite the notices saying not to. Aggra itself looked a little rough around the edges. We opted to pay extra to go on the toll road/motorway which was almost deserted and the journey still took 3.5 hours each way.”
Then you have GeishaUSA, who was sold a “defective” necklace and decided to take it out on Petra in Jordan.
“‘Never Thirsty’ in Petra site near the Treasury. Do not purchase from this vendor. … The necklaces are defective, poorly made. Once you open the two small bags, the blue beads are uneven: tied together with thread like dental floss. This is a bait and switch situation. We were overcharged 180.79,” the TripAdvisor user said.
Read the rest of the disgruntled users takes on the wonders of the world here.