Notice: Forums will be shutdown by June 2019

To focus on better serving our members, we've decided to shut down the POF forums.

While regular posting is now disabled, you can continue to view all threads until the end of June 2019. Event Hosts can still create and promote events while we work on a new and improved event creation service for you.

Thank you!

Plentyoffish dating forums are a place to meet singles and get dating advice or share dating experiences etc. Hopefully you will all have fun meeting singles and try out this online dating thing... Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate.
     
Show ALL Forums  > Travel  > Most Overrated Destinations      Home login  
 AUTHOR
 aventurero
Joined: 4/17/2005
Msg: 5
view profile
History
Most Overrated DestinationsPage 1 of 5    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Pisa. Complete tourist trap.

Florida. Dreary urban sprawl.

Scarborough, Ontario. Strip mall capital of the world.
 soupcan00
Joined: 5/2/2009
Msg: 7
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
Posted: 7/22/2009 11:00:08 AM
Jamaica - More street vendors /beggars than Mexico even.
Way more agressive too .
I was at a bus stop talking to a friend, next thing I knew, I had a cheap bracelet on my wrist and a kid demanding $5 from me .... LIl' Pr..k !

 soupcan00
Joined: 5/2/2009
Msg: 8
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
Posted: 7/22/2009 11:04:10 AM
Lucky that lil Pr..k wasn't 10 yrs old yet or I'de have dropped kicked him . Followed by the classic round house to the throat !
 kenzogirl
Joined: 2/1/2009
Msg: 9
Most Overrated Destinations
Posted: 7/23/2009 1:39:07 PM
The Acropolis in Athens - you can't see it for the scaffolding.
New York in the summer - lights and shops are great but it stinks of the yellow stuff!
Rome - between the crowds, kids and thieves it's not the romantic destination it's cracked up to be!
 soupcan00
Joined: 5/2/2009
Msg: 12
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
Posted: 7/27/2009 10:58:17 AM
".... You'll never see anything like it anywhere else."

So China is the only place i can see , The Great Wall of china, then ? :(
 aventurero
Joined: 4/17/2005
Msg: 17
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
Posted: 7/30/2009 5:21:27 PM
I know h-a, its an old stereotype, although it is the birthplace of strip malls in Canada.
 rolandromeo
Joined: 12/9/2007
Msg: 18
Most Overrated Destinations
Posted: 8/5/2009 8:22:01 PM
aplusboy, i have never been to disney world..or even stepped foot in florida for that matter,..but the sheer thought of being enclosed inside of a 45 square-mile encampment that is monopolized by a single corporate entity send shrills up my spine.

ive heard endless rants about it being a tourist death trap, from overpriced food and concessions, long waits in line, excessive crowds, parking fees, and not being able to do much versus the money thats spent.

add to all of this, the fact i loathe Miley Cyrus, and it means Ill never be in Orlando anytime soon.

I cant even get away from all the Disney propaganda & paraphenelia at my local walmart, everywhere i go its either something Disney related, or Hannah Montana's Mrs. Piggy-esque portrait plastered everywhere.
 Socalguy1962
Joined: 7/14/2009
Msg: 19
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
Posted: 8/7/2009 3:31:38 AM
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
Msg: 20
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
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
Msg: 21
Most Overrated Destinations
Posted: 8/20/2009 9:38:06 AM

Most Overrated Destinations


Vegas!!!
 Bell30655
Joined: 8/17/2009
Msg: 22
Most Overrated Destinations
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.
 Bell30655
Joined: 8/17/2009
Msg: 23
Most Overrated Destinations
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.
 gjay1
Joined: 6/1/2007
Msg: 28
Most Overrated Destinations
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
Msg: 29
Most Overrated Destinations
Posted: 8/28/2009 10:19:32 PM
hehe you so right, thailand smelt to newzealand smells good though
 gjay1
Joined: 6/1/2007
Msg: 31
Most Overrated Destinations
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
:)
 gjay1
Joined: 6/1/2007
Msg: 33
Most Overrated Destinations
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
 Outdoor2
Joined: 4/1/2006
Msg: 38
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
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.
Most Overrated Destinations
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
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
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
Msg: 44
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
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. ;)
 Kayara
Joined: 12/18/2009
Msg: 53
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
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
Msg: 54
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
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.
 want to travel
Joined: 7/29/2006
Msg: 59
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
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
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
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
Msg: 61
view profile
History
Most Overrated Destinations
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.
Show ALL Forums  > Travel  > Most Overrated Destinations