You know? I don't think I have. Places may seem different to what you expected, but that has never made me not like it
I've been to places and not liked it right at the moment, but after the trip was done and the experience sunk in a bit I looked back on the trip fondly.
I don't want to mention the countries where this has happened though, because even though I didn't enjoy myself while there, it still turned out to be a great trip and I wouldn't want to discourage others from going there later.
I definitely agree with IMonaghan. I wouldn’t want anyone to be put off something I didn’t like all that much Incase they have different tastes. ALTHOUGH,
I spent quite a few months in Thailand last year. I basically travelled all of the islands. One I found not to be very pleasant or in anyway as special as the others was Koh Samui. The reason for this is that it’s now too commercial. It's more like having a major city on a beach, to me that’s not what Thailand is about. It has much more to offer than that.
Also you tend to get lots of people there on 1 - 2 week holidays. This wouldn’t be a problem but they tend to be looking for different things!
Has anyone else that’s travelled the same route think the same or not, maybe I didn’t see the best side to the island!
Well, I guess I've been lucky over the years then, have never had your experience, Rach-a. Have done quite a few package tours as well, and to Mallorca, but I've always done my own stuff when getting there. My first time there was actually quite reluctant, was looking for a cheap 2-week holiday in 1987, I think it was. Had been working for a year and really needed a bit of time off. In the end I got this good deal for Mallorca, and I thought, well, at least it's holiday and I'll get a bit of sun. I ended up with some great people, some of them had local friends and they took me on tours around the island, visiting great, local bars in Palma. All in all a great trip, have been there about 12-13 times since then, am going again this summer for the first time in 8 years, really looking forward to that.
Glad that you still liked the island, as you say Mallorca is absolutely beautiful and the people there are wonderful. There are so many great places to visit, there are flat country, mountains, hilly areas, sea... it's got everything, not to mention wonderful sausages, meats and CHEESE... local wine.. can't wait to go again LOL
This is actually an interesting question.
I've never not liked a country, or even a city, but I have certainly gone to a place and loved it, then gone back a few years later and felt disappointed.
When a person says that they really love a particular place, what they really means is that they had a good time there, and so they'll say that "that city is great".
I've known people that got ripped off in Venice, had bad weather in Paris, or had a bad experience with their travel mates in London, and so they'll say, "I didn't like that place".
If you go somehwere and the weather's fine, you have a blast, and all goes well then you'll tend to rave about that place.
So, a lot of it is perceptions.
James, I understand what you mean, because there have been times when the people you travel with just bring down a trip, but honestly, when I was in Paris last summer, I was having problems with one of my travel-mates but it didn't make me hate the city at all, it just made me more frustrated with her that she didn't like it at all! lol
Actually, one night I decided to travel off by myself (in hindsight it probably wasn't the best idea for a girl to travel all alone, but nothing bad happened ) and just didn't want to come back into the hostel. I did eventually, but since then I have never really left Paris, even if I'm back home now