Underwater train in Venice.  Photo via flckr

I love learning about new travel destinations, and these days one of the best places to send my mind on an inspirational journey for my next big trip, is to browse social media.? Pintrest, Instagram, Facebook, and Google Plus are just a few of the social media sites I frequent for inspiration.? There are some amazing pictures that have been shared on social media which have uncovered new destinations for my bucket list.? But, given that I have already traveled quite a lot, there are also destinations I know quite well, and if I saw a photo that mis-represented a familiar destination, I could probably pick it quite easily.?? The reason I mention this, is because I have unfortunately come across some travel photos that are nothing but a big fake.

The best example I can give is a photo I have come across of an underwater train station in Venice, Italy (see above).? Having once been a tour guide in Europe, I spent an extensive amount of time exploring Venice.? I was surprised by this photo, as I had never seen, nor heard of this underwater train station.? How could I have missed this seemingly impressive and amazing sight?? Well, the simple answer is that it is not real.? It is a photoshopped image that has been labelled as an underwater train station in Venice.

If I had not been to Venice before and was planning a trip there, I most definitely would have put this mysterious train station on my list of things to see, and probably spent much time researching how to find the ?underwater train station?.

This is just one example of social media mis-representing one of the most iconic travel destinations in the world, and it saddens me to think that social media has the potential to manipulate someone’s travel dreams.? Social media can be a powerful and useful resource for researching your next trip, but I caution all travelers to be careful with the information you collect, and always research it further by using a reliable resource before you decide to put it on your travel bucket list!?