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 gjay1
Joined: 6/1/2007
Msg: 33
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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
 Big_fun_wave
Joined: 2/28/2009
Msg: 34
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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.
 lara2009
Joined: 2/26/2009
Msg: 36
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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
Msg: 37
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.
 Outdoor2
Joined: 4/1/2006
Msg: 38
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Posted: 9/7/2009 7:54:56 PM
Found a cheap motel in Vegas (on the strip...$40) played Blackjack in a nearby hotel...left Vegas the next day with $500 profit...expenses included.

Overrated? You betcha! I've found it very "hollow".

Many of my best destinations have been the underrated ones.

I think attitude plays a big part in how one perceives their vacation.
 photoman001
Joined: 11/25/2006
Msg: 39
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Posted: 11/28/2009 2:28:17 AM
I think the only thing overrated are you expectations. If you go anywhere with an attitude that you 'deserve to be entertained or surprised' then you will be disappointed. I have travelled far and wide for business and pleasure and enjoy every new place I go to, even the slums of India.

Any city is just a collection of buildings and one is much the same as another.Get to know the people, be interested in them and and how their daily life if different to your. When they see you have a GENUINE interest and want to know them then things change. I have listened to the rubbish about the French being rude but I have a good French mate at home so I went with an open mind. I don't speak French and stopped people on the street and the train stations to ask for help. Everyone did! One young lady spending 15mins even calling friends of hers to find a place we were looking for. I really can't understand what sort of 'holiday experience' people were EXPECTING in vegas, a gambling den of flashy lights started by the mafia?

Try the local food and don't go around trying to find fish & chips, talk to the REAL people not just shopkeepers and hotel staff. Get out of the cities and see the place. Move away from the big shopping centres and head down some of the back lanes and quiet places. I guarantee I could even have a good time in your city finding things that you didn't even know were there.
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Posted: 12/4/2009 5:55:18 AM
Got to say New Orleans, La. It was a GREAT place until.. oh , i'd say late 80's and then it went to hell. The Tijauna of the U.S. then mother nature flushed the toilet ( Katrina) and it became the Bangledesh of the U.S.
 seachangelass
Joined: 10/30/2006
Msg: 43
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Posted: 12/10/2009 10:21:05 PM
Wow, I didn't know that Jakarta rated enough to be considered an over-rated destination. I do know this about Jakarta though . . . it is an extremely dichotomous place and if I didn't have to go back there, I wouldn't. I fear I may have no choice but to return.
 seachangelass
Joined: 10/30/2006
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Posted: 12/10/2009 10:22:42 PM
Oh and I forgot to add, I thought Paris a pretty fabulous experience and would love to go again. The people were very friendly, helpful and curious for the most part. Yes, I did run into a rude person, just like anywhere . . .mind you, I think she might have been Italian. ;)
 lets fish!
Joined: 11/21/2009
Msg: 48
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Posted: 12/17/2009 6:26:09 PM

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


Come to Queensland in winter or Victoria in summer or anywhere in between any other time and you will have a blast.

We get some heavy drinkers for sure but the shakes sounds like you met an alco!!!

Let us know when you are here next and if your seeing our area, we'll be happy to show the best sights :)

PS, a friend of mine has been living in Canada with his gf for several years now and they are about to come back for a few years before returning again and so on and so on.

He loves Canada as says that you guys seem to relate to dry humor more than most - also he can tolerate your icy winters lol!

Hope you can come back some time
 Big_fun_wave
Joined: 2/28/2009
Msg: 49
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Posted: 12/19/2009 5:48:11 PM
Thanks, thats very kind of you. I hope too make it back.
 Moitas_V_PT
Joined: 12/25/2009
Msg: 50
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Posted: 12/31/2009 1:30:24 AM
if you want to travel, do it out of season and you will probably have a better time. (speaking about Europe mostly) the only true down side is that some attractions will be closed in the off season but the crowds are less and the over all experience will be better, just plan well in advance and any vac will be good!!
 brieses360
Joined: 12/23/2009
Msg: 51
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Posted: 1/8/2010 9:52:35 PM
For me, it was Europe. Everyone i talked to was tripping over themselves- "You have to go to Europe, the culture is fantastic, the people are great, there's so much culture".

I'm sorry, but I found more culture in my trips to Asia and Egypt then i did in Europe. Sure the archietecture was great, the people were snobby, but the museams didn't wow me. The Ufizi was nice and the only exception.

Still would love to know where all the culture they raved about is. Probably severely watered down will all the tourists.
 awelltraveledguy
Joined: 7/19/2009
Msg: 52
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Posted: 1/31/2010 2:54:49 AM
Vegas seems to crop up a lot here but I don't really see why. After a few days and checking out the casinos (and the shopping malls - definitely worth seeing) it does seem like a lot of the same.

However, the shopping is great and the really good thing about Vegas is that it's only a few hours drive from some amazing attractions, including the Hoover Dam, The Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, etc. I visited a second time purely for this reason (and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone). The strip nightlife is pretty good too...
 Kayara
Joined: 12/18/2009
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Posted: 1/31/2010 8:31:25 AM
As far as resort-type places go, Cuba is over rated. Because they aren't open to the states they never fell under the same pressure for high standard of service the same way the Dominican and Mexico did, so it leaves a lot to be desired.
 Kelley-fish
Joined: 7/22/2006
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Posted: 2/1/2010 10:28:15 AM
Acapulco - sucks. I'm not even going to give it a spell check :)

Asia rocks!

Europe is so so (lived in France 1 year, Italy 1 year, Germany 1 year) but it's no match for Asia IMO.
 Cornbreadxd
Joined: 2/10/2007
Msg: 55
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Posted: 2/2/2010 2:14:53 PM
Well I haven't been too far out of the US yet but I thought disney world was overated as a child and then went back 12 years later and it was still overated and extremely crowded.
 sweetlikesugarcane
Joined: 5/16/2009
Msg: 56
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Posted: 2/2/2010 8:10:13 PM
Every destination has its redeeming qualities.
 irrisistable
Joined: 8/18/2008
Msg: 57
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Posted: 2/2/2010 10:07:57 PM
Agreed. Every destination could be overrated. I found Cancun and Dubai somewhat overrated and a bit pricey. Luckily i gotta great deal for cancun through TravelJackpot.ca so no complaints on that one. :)
 want to travel
Joined: 7/29/2006
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Posted: 4/22/2010 7:17:14 AM
the city of cairo, is a dump, i have been to many 3rd world, cities, that have something great avout them, this city, is ugly, and dirty
but seeing the the ancient ruins of Egypt is a must!
 Molly Maude
Joined: 9/11/2008
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Posted: 4/26/2010 8:04:42 AM
has anyone else ever driven hours to see Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts? we drove there yesterday as part of my trip to the East Coast ...

what a disappointment THAT is! a small PORTION of the TOP part of "Plymouth Rock" is encased in a shrine, having been moved to that location ... the bottom of the rock is apparently still in place elsewhere ...

"they" cracked the top of the rock when they were relocating it to this more tourist accessible location then clumsily patched it back together ... according to the signs around the rock, for some undetermined amount of time, "they" not only allowed tourists to take home a piece of the top of the rock that was moved to shore, they even provided small chizels and pails to facilitate said pieces being removed and taken home ...

so what one currently sees at Plymouth Rock ... is PART of the TOP of the rock that the first pilgrims purportedly stepped onto ... the remainder of the rock is probably under water somewhere ... and other pieces were transported "home" by tourists of old ...

possibly someone who had researched this site prior to flying here and driving there would not have been disappointed ... so ... again, it was my expectations that were not met ... it is, after all ... a rock. it does make me wonder about the other sights I'm going to be seeing ...
 tinkerbellcgy
Joined: 9/17/2005
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Posted: 4/26/2010 9:03:50 AM

has anyone else ever driven hours to see Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts? we drove there yesterday as part of my trip to the East Coast ...

what a disappointment THAT is! a small PORTION of the TOP part of "Plymouth Rock" is encased in a shrine, having been moved to that location ... the bottom of the rock is apparently still in place elsewhere ...
...

I have to agree with your summation of disappointment. I too was very disappointed when I discovered that where the "rock" now sits is not actually where the pilgrims came ashore. I was also very disappointed with the "main drag" along the waterfront of Plymouth - much too touristy with too many garish souvenier type stores. But.....if one takes a meander around the back streets of Plymouth there are a lot of sites of historical value that one comes across. Those backstreet treks were like little gems and well worth the trip down to Plymouth.
 faybells
Joined: 12/21/2006
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Posted: 4/30/2010 4:45:40 AM
I guess you can listen to all the recommendations but when it all boils down to it, everyone will see things in their own way. It is up to ourselves to do the research then travel with an open mind. Tourism is a big industry so if visiting well documented sites then it can be a bit cheesy. If you go off the beaten track then there is no buffer zone. I have experienced both and learnt to take the good with the bad. Happy travels
 happybunny8
Joined: 4/16/2010
Msg: 64
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Posted: 5/1/2010 2:38:50 PM
I consider most of you lucky to have travelled where you have. I haven't been to a lot of places, but there is not one place I was dissapointed in. I was dissapointed in the cruise, but not the destinations we went to - there was always something interesting.


We waited an ages for them to come to our table to take our order & in the end walked out.


A good idea for you folks would be to read up on the culture when you are going somewhere. French and Asian cultures do not rush dining experiences. And it is acceptable to raise your hand to get their attention.
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