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Has anyone ever visited a country and not liked it?

Travel Forums General Talk Has anyone ever visited a country and not liked it?

1. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 12y

I'm curious here if anyone has visited anywhere and not liked it Or maybe gone to a place for three months and wished it was three days or maybe felt a bit lost say in Borneo or somewhere I'd be interested to know because when we visit a country we always want the best adventure or to be excited and maybe some places you get there and think omg, why did I come here or some places look really good on paper and then as soon as you hit the place it isn't as expected I don't know

2. Posted by kelster (Full Member 51 posts) 12y

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 ;)

3. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

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.

4. Posted by Dale . (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Hiya guys,

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!

;)

5. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 12y

Ok hi guys and gals I guess I didn't think too much when posting this I don't want other people to be put off - I kinda meant a wrong holiday deal or something similar. Dale I heard some parts of Thailand have become very touristy - I wasn't sure which parts though. I went to Majorca once and the island is absolutely beautiful - however I was roped into doing an 18-30's once I got there - I didn't book this beforehand. My younger brother and sister had gone with me and they wanted to do it so I went for their sake (can be nice like that sometimes me ;)) Anyway I never got a chance to do cultural stuff - just drink, drink drink - which normally I don't complain about However the tackiness of it all was a real put-off and I never got a chance to be alone to hike or do my own stuff because of all the stupid packages we went on Not my type of holiday atall:(

6. Posted by sole (Full Member 208 posts) 12y

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

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

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.

8. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

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

Cheers,
Katie ;)