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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.
Joined: 10/30/2006
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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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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...
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.
Joined: 7/22/2006
Msg: 54
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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.
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.
Joined: 5/16/2009
Msg: 56
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Posted: 2/2/2010 8:10:13 PM
Every destination has its redeeming qualities.
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 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
Msg: 60
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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 ...
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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.
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
Joined: 4/16/2010
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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.
Joined: 2/3/2010
Msg: 66
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Posted: 7/6/2010 1:16:14 AM
I don't think I've ever been someplace I thought was over-rated. I think if you are under-prepared for where you are going, you will fail to appreciate what you experience.

You can't force appreciation on people, just as you can't force an 8-year old to love opera. I really don't know how someone can book a trip to a faraway destination based entirely on word-of-mouth or what some travel agent "recommended". An agent is simply going to recommend whatever pads his/her wallet.

Especially in this day and age when we have so much in the way of DIRECT INFORMATION about our destinations. Fifty (50) years ago you'd do good to find some books at the library that described a city or a country's culture. Thirty (30) years ago most cities and countries had tourism bureaus that would mail you all kinds of maps and brochures if you simply ASKED FOR THEM. The trick then was knowing where to write!

Twenty (20) years ago you no longer needed a travel agent to book extravagant or exotic trips - credit cards and toll-free phone numbers had made it possible for anyone to connect the dots.

Ten (10) years ago you could do you own comparison shopping/bundle vacation plans from the comfort of your computer on your OWN timetable --- no more endless phone calls or waiting odd hours to catch places open. With email and web sites you could collect and process tons of ads, reviews, and even tourist reports through blogs about any place you might think to go. How can you NOT do research when it's so easy?

Just this year I went to Rome for the first time. The central city is mapped out by Google Street View. I studied the streets, the buildings, the viewpoints in all directions and did a virtual tour of every site I planned to visit. I knew the layout of the city clearly before I stepped off the plane -- I spotted my hotel on a side street before my cab driver.

I'm sure many will say "I don't have time to do the research". Baloney! If you have time to make the trip, you have time to do the research!

My only disappointment is that I don't have more time on my trips to visit MORE places -- I usually research 2 to 3 times the amount of activities and sights I can possibly cover in my allotted time -- so I always have alternatives.
Joined: 3/10/2009
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Posted: 7/15/2010 12:15:33 AM
anywhere they are filming a 'reality' TV show, I will avoid.
Joined: 6/26/2008
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Posted: 12/19/2010 10:06:15 PM
I think Disney is. I live about 45 minutes away though so i dont have to buy plane tickets and hotel rooms and rental cars, the tickets alone are outrageous, but i suck it up because my children love it.
 *Just Jim*
Joined: 7/6/2007
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Posted: 12/21/2010 5:30:38 PM

tickets alone are outrageous, but i suck it up because my children love it.

You poor thing! lol that's some funny shzt! PS.... if you live there as you say then most of your neighbors who work there & get free passes all the time to give away?????
I visit friends there on occasion & they always have free pass's to give away for the mouse!

imo, it's like anything else,if you do your homework, etc,etc,then hopefully your trip will be more eventful. And if you fall for all the bells & whistles....oh
Joined: 11/28/2010
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Posted: 12/26/2010 8:44:20 AM
Most Over Rated Places:

* Niagra Falls
* Puerto Rico
* Paris

Favorite places:

* Costa Rica
* Colombia
* Antibes, Cannes and Nice France
* New Orleans
* Portland Oregon
Joined: 3/29/2010
Msg: 71
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Posted: 12/26/2010 2:22:14 PM

Costa Rica, too violent and dangerous.

I think your idea of "violent and dangerous" is a bit over the top.

If the country were that violent and dangerous- they would have a military of some kind, which Costa Rica does not have.

Additionally- for those who complain about cities being "dirty", etc....I find it annoying...
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