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 Socalguy1962
Joined: 7/14/2009
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Most overrated: Disneyland...just too crowded making it hard to really enjoy anything. Vegas...aside from the gambling and shows, what is there?....Nothing. I can lose my money in casino's here in SoCalif just as easy as in Vegas.

A couple people said Dubai is overrated. I'm trying to figure out why anyone would want to go there on vacation anyway. I've been there a dozen times at least, not on vacation.... It's in the Land of Sand, so of course it's going to be incredibly hot... Though for a Muslim country it's more open than most, along with being a haven for Eastern European hookers. TGI Friday's seemed to be a big hang out for them. They literally had taken it over.

My favorites are Thailand as long as it's not Bangkok. The cuisine is incredible! And the people are very friendly, along with a dollar friendly exchange rate. I've always enjoyed the Philippines. Borocay, Puerto Galera, and picturesque Palawan are all very enjoyable. Australia is another favorite. Anywhere in Oz and i'll have a fun and enjoyable time. Hawaii is awesome as well, as long as i'm away from the Waikiki tourist trap.
 thebestlady
Joined: 5/19/2009
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Posted: 8/16/2009 3:44:40 PM
Sweden there is a difference to living and visiting. People are told not to tell the truth to other living outside of Sweden. Tell people you are living here and find out the true attitudes.Sometimes you run into the nicest people in the world
 Sabrosura
Joined: 1/7/2009
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Posted: 8/20/2009 9:38:06 AM

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Vegas!!!
 Bell30655
Joined: 8/17/2009
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Posted: 8/20/2009 5:46:00 PM
Walt Disney World overrated? Surely you jest. My daughter and I feel that we must make at least one pilgrimage a year to the giant human trap operated by a mouse down in Orlando. I rack it up as part of the cost of parenting a daughter. Of course, she wants to be a princess. There is that special look in her eye when Cinderella leans down and poses for a photo with her and then of course I have to break out the Visa to purchase a print of the photo and a frame and well, you get the idea.

Last year my daughter got her hair, makeup and nails done at the Bippity Bobbity Boutique just before we ate at Cinderella's Royal Table inside of the castle. Those photos still bring back memories of what to date is the happiest day of her six years on this planet.
 minika
Joined: 3/15/2009
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Posted: 8/23/2009 10:58:02 AM
Paris because of the people, they look down their noses at you. Ok so we looked a bit scruffy going into this restaurant but we had been sightseeing (contributing to their economy) all day. We waited an ages for them to come to our table to take our order & in the end walked out. They made it really clear they did not want out business. It wasn't even a fancy restaurant!
 Bell30655
Joined: 8/17/2009
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Posted: 8/23/2009 11:59:39 AM
Back when I was in the Army a few of us went to Paris to take in the sights. We had a great day but had the same experience at a restaurant that you did. They snubbed us. My girlfriend at the time was Dutch. After our meal which we did finally get she asked to speak to the manager. When the manager came over in fluent French she explained to him what horrible waitstaff he had she then went on to tell him what comments the waiters had been making about our group. She produced what she told him was media credential from the Dutch newspaper that she worked for and he began blubbering apologies. He tore up our bill and berated the entire staff as we were leaving.

When we got outside of the restaurant I told her that I didn't know that she worked for a newspaper. Laughing she showed me her Dutch library card. She was counting on the fact that he couldn't read Dutch or German. We all had a great laugh on the train.
 PittsburghVixen
Joined: 6/27/2009
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Posted: 8/23/2009 1:11:18 PM
Disney World, for sure.
Florida as a whole...gee, don't know why, but oppressive humidity, flat topography and giant flying roaches* just don't appeal to me. ~shrugs~
The typical beach vacation in the summer, on any beach.

*euphemistically referred to as "palmetto bugs". Yeah, right.
 bump4bump
Joined: 12/3/2008
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Posted: 8/23/2009 9:07:38 PM
Honolulu ...Thought it was dirty, all things considered. Never realized until after I arrived that there is nowhere to send garbage other than into the ocean.
 leggs luther
Joined: 4/14/2009
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Posted: 8/24/2009 6:36:49 PM
Rome. I left there saying to my friends: "When in Rome ... no, wait, don't go to Rome, Rome sucks."
 ashlybstn
Joined: 7/20/2009
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Posted: 8/24/2009 7:48:39 PM
hawaii .... too far too expensive bugs too big not a fan of centipedes or flying****oaches
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Posted: 8/25/2009 3:38:20 PM
Paris!! Food wasn't to my taste, very crowded, DANGEROUS!!!, and freezing cold in the spring time!! yuck
 gjay1
Joined: 6/1/2007
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Posted: 8/27/2009 4:01:47 PM

Rome. I left there saying to my friends: "When in Rome ... no, wait, don't go to Rome, Rome sucks."


how could you not love rome??? i had the best time there! lovely people, awesome history, food to die for......


actually, i cant think of anywhere ive been and not enjoyed!! so maybe is just me, i have fun wherever i am!
 1arewethereyet
Joined: 1/21/2008
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Posted: 8/28/2009 10:19:32 PM
hehe you so right, thailand smelt to newzealand smells good though
 OffTheCoast
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Posted: 8/29/2009 2:42:23 PM
I wouldn't recommend Tunisia, unless you get out of the tourist places. Port El Kantaoui was purpose built and not good at all. Don't bother with Carthage, here is very little there, the Romans flattened the place. I found many of the traders in the souks just wanted your money (compared to Egypt where they love to barter and just have a laugh).

The Li river in China is amazing , unless you go there when the tourist craft are returning empty in the evening. The noise of the boat horns makes the M25 seem peaceful. Also Yangshuo is a lot of a tourist trap - not much of traditional China left there.

Paris as the people are just plain rude and Euro Disney as it's wet and dull.

A bit off topic, best places (so far) - China: Tong Li and Suzhou for the gardens, Yonghe Lamasery, Bejing, the great wall at Simanti. Japan well all over but especially Hida Takayama for the spring festival. Yellowstone in the USA, The Rockies in Canada - but go before the bugs come out! Lake Magorie - Italy, the hills around Florence....
 Lee494528
Joined: 5/26/2009
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Overrated Vegas, baby!
Posted: 8/31/2009 1:55:40 PM
Yeah from what I have heard from friends, Las Vegas is overrated. The only place that is worth visiting is the main strip. Anywhere outside of that it there isn't much going on. One of my roomates and I are planning on driving there within the next month. How much spending cash do you think I should allow for?
 Big_fun_wave
Joined: 2/28/2009
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Posted: 8/31/2009 9:06:03 PM
Yeah, I was dissapointed in Austrailia. However, I would love too go back. With all the nationals I've met abroad, I would like too think the majority of all are nice. However, it seems a % of certain nationals are different in certain ways. Many of the aussies I've met, are strange. They tend too be heavy drinkers, and many seem rather smug. I also know of others who have concurred with me.
 gjay1
Joined: 6/1/2007
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Posted: 9/1/2009 2:22:17 PM

Yeah, I was dissapointed in Austrailia. However, I would love too go back

wow, where did you travel in oz? what where you expecting that didnt live up to expectations?

Many of the aussies I've met, are strange

ok we are a weird mob, but nice !

They tend too be heavy drinkers, and many seem rather smug. I also know of others who have concurred with me.

there are some areas where there is a heavy drinking culture, but its not everywhere, but smug?? lol most aussies are pretty laid back and i cant imagine how we come across as smug! id be really interested to know where you were to form these opinions
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 Big_fun_wave
Joined: 2/28/2009
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Posted: 9/1/2009 5:47:35 PM
Mainly in Adelaide. But I met many Aussies in other places as well, like Bali, Indo. I actually became friends with one Aussie. I know the majority are probably nice. Aussies are great musicians. I love the band "Icehouse". I also was not saying that all Aussies are drunks, but boy can they over indulge. The man I ended up friends with, he had withdrawl shakes whenever he was not drinking. And his one other Aussie buddy had a beer in his hand everywhere he went it seemed. The smug thing, well many, they just seemd kind of in love with themselves. But I've also found that it seems some nationals from many so called well off countries are a little that way to at times. Even us Canadiens.
 gjay1
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Posted: 9/2/2009 2:13:12 PM

Mainly in Adelaide.

ah well, even to the rest of us, adelaide mob are a little different lol also, of course getting out of the cities is always the way to meet the real people, hope you come back and check the place out, its great, and some of us can enjoy beer without it being a lifestyle lol
 Selima
Joined: 3/28/2009
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Posted: 9/2/2009 8:55:56 PM
I'd tell you my favorite Mexican island, but it's a secret.
Yes, I know what you mean. I have one of those too, in Greece.


Paris as the people are just plain rude ...
I don't find, haven't found the people in Paris any different in their rudeness or pleasantness than people anywhere else in the world. I think you get what you expect and/or give. If you go to a place with certain expectations, you will often find those expectations realized because of your approach. I've been to Paris several times. The last time I was there was for 2 weeks. Only one person was rude to me, the man who ran a newspaper kiosk. Paris is one of the most wonderful cities on the planet. And the people are just fine. I've also spent some time in other parts of France, one time spending 2 months on the Cote d'Azur. The people there were lovely. Most of the time, I think if a traveler finds that the locals are rude, it is due to the attitude of the traveler. Often a traveler/tourist lacks a sense of humility, especially when he/she doesn't speak the language or know the culture. Showing some humility, grace, and attempting to speak the language go a long, long way.
 Big_fun_wave
Joined: 2/28/2009
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Posted: 9/2/2009 10:59:13 PM
It's nice to hear you say that, you hope I come back.
 Selima
Joined: 3/28/2009
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Posted: 9/3/2009 11:18:23 AM
Have you been anywhere that you thought was very overrated?
I live in Vienna. It's nice, but I think it is terribly overrated. I'd much rather live in Paris or Rome. Maybe I like chaos and snooty people.....
 leggs luther
Joined: 4/14/2009
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Posted: 9/3/2009 4:32:33 PM

how could you not love rome??? i had the best time there! lovely people, awesome history, food to die for......


I was being facetious. :) But out of all the places I've been, Rome was the most overrated. I guess Paris was disappointing too, as much of the sites there basically date to Napoleon.

How about ... New Jersey as being overrated?

"I sued Delta Airlines, 'cause they sold me a ticket to New Jersey. I went there, and it SUCKED!" lol gotta love Weird Al.
 lara2009
Joined: 2/26/2009
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Posted: 9/7/2009 6:09:25 PM
Prague was nice but not as great as everyone says it is; it's a bit run down.
 lara2009
Joined: 2/26/2009
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Rome. I left there saying to my friends: "When in Rome ... no, wait, don't go to Rome, Rome sucks."
Posted: 9/7/2009 6:15:23 PM
I agree with you it's not what they make it out to be; very run down.
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