A four-hour wait is a surefire way to ruin a visit to one of the world’s most amazing attractions. While the wait might leave you with glazed eyes and hangry, the worst part is that you often don’t get much out of the visit. Have you ever tried to enjoy Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral crammed shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other people, each trying to photograph its strangely stunning interior? How about waiting 40 minutes in line for a toilet in Venice at the height of summer?
If you just can’t miss out on visiting some of the most popular attractions, there are plenty of ways to skip — or at the least minimize — the time you spend waiting in line or stuck inside hot, stuffy rooms teeming with people. With a little planning and a few online-ticket purchases, you can skip the lines at many famous sights, plus find the best possible times to visit — decreasing your chances of becoming a human sardine.