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1. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 7y

It is very easy to love a destination based on its beauty or an eye opening experience with a local. So the opposite. Other than a sickness, robbery, or similar experience, what was the one place that you have been to that either did not meet your expectations or you just had an overall terrible experience. Sorry to be negative but one aspect of travel is the inevitable negative experience, and it is important for people to learn from these. Yet, on the bright side of things, some of the most negative experiences become the most memorable.

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 7y

Cuba
Nothing wrong with the country. But because of that idiotic government, we did not get to enjoy it. Or is it the US government, who caused the problem?
We spent most of our time, in a hotel room, way outside Havana, with a hurricane tearing up the country around us.

The problem
Because, my credit card came from an American bank, it would not work, in cuba. I was there, with my boyfriend and baby, and we only had 100 US dollars cash. We had money wired to us, from my boyfriends parents in the Netherlands. But, to have that done was a very complicated, lengthy and expensive process. We even wondered, if we would in fact get out of Cuba, at all. The government seems to have taken over the whole tourist industry, and they are very serious about getting their money. U cannot leave the country, until u have payed. They dont accept credit card payments, by phone, from people in other countries. Anyway, the problems with getting the money is a long explanation.

Mel

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5556 posts) 7y

Beijing, Skopje and London.
Beijing because of the ugliness of the city on the whole. It has some nice places though. Skopje is miserable.
London I found just disappointing in general, not boring, but just regular, nothing much.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Washington, DC

A city that just refuses to come to life, and has no originality whatsoever. The only two spots that met my (admittedly romanticised) expectations were Arlington and the National Gallery of Art.

5. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 7y

I would have to say Adelaide, Australia. I was there for several days during Australia day. It was a very blah city with nothing really going on. Very disapointing. Also I walked out of the most disgusting hostel I have seen. Went there to go to Kangaroo Island, which was awesome.

6. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 7y

Utrecht - im surprised in what you say about london. its got everything, not my fav city for personal reasons but i can almost compare it to been very similar to new york in some ways.

london is rated as one of the biggest and best citys in the world!
london lived up to my expectations, full of africans, eastern europeans, etc, old buildings, and busy as hell.

im not offering praise to london in general to be frank i hate the place,
well i used to live there but visiting london for holidays is great!

my problems with london is that there is too many immigrants, too much crime, too multi national and too multi cultural...also i cannot rate citys that are not near the coast!!! or around mountains. london has none of those except for a crappy river.

my answer to the original question: ive been dissapointed with liverpool...probably because i expected it to be all clean and nice when its the opposite.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 16, 2007, at 7:59 AM by oslaue ]

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7274 posts) 7y

New Orleans - although truth be told it gets better the more I think about it. I was disappointed to see that New Orleans' jazz heritage had been by-and-large turned into a tourist gimmick. Plus the parks and streets were filthy - filled with garbage and in desperate need of some TLC. Mind, once you realize that the overwhelmingy black population was mostly relegated to jobs in the kitchen or the storeroom (except for House of Blues!), you can kind of figure out where city pride went.

Still, as I said, my memories of the trip grow fonder and fonder.

8. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 7y

As far as my international travel goes, I don't think I've ever been truly disappointed. Sure, I've been some places that kind of sucked, but I've always still enjoyed them as moments of the trip. And often I look back fondly on some of the biggest hardships or "boring" moments.

That said, I was just in Vegas for a bachelor party last weekend, and if I don't see that town again for the rest of my days, I'd be A-Okay with that. Maybe I'd enjoy the town after a stint in rehab, but as a drinker, it took me about 5 days to get over the hangover and lack of sleep. Still, I guess I wasn't disappointed, I just don't want to go back anytime soon.

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3377 posts) 7y

sharm-el-sheik (Egypt)!!! never go there plzzzz. its a digusting mix of resorts and tourists who think they are in there own country. i didn't stay there more then 2 hours. went back to Dahab as fast as possible.

10. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 7y

Santiago, Chile.

Was disappointed with this place, although as previously said, the memory of a place generally improves over time! But i was bored here, nothing to do, quite ugly in places. Didn't have time to go elsewhere in Chile and had to wait days before i could get my flight out of there to New Zealand (wicked place!!). Wouldn't go back to Santy! 1/10 ;)

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