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31. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

if you have high expectations of any place no matter what it will never live up to those expectations, there for you will always be disappointed no matter how great a place is as you have already rated the place before you even got there.

if you set yourself realistic expectations then its possible for you to supersede ones expectations.

its like fighting a losing war, no matter how strong you are, you never expect.

having said that, that in itself is a very negative way of thinking.

32. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

new york city.

tooo big for me to love, but i surely like it. i just feel weighed down by the depressed and repressed atmosphere of so many people. touristy spots like times square turn me off, the subway makes me feel frustrated as any eye contact whatsoever is almost a crime, and the complex that many new yorkers (not all) get where new york is the universe really get to me.

i've been there many times and have surely had my good experiences, it's just not a place i want to go visit in itself--people there i might visit, though.

33. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Petercasie

Where do u live, at the moment?

Mel

34. Posted by palmisan (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Looks like many are not agreeing with the list that I posted - but these are not my list - these things I got from the valuable source - i.e. news letter which I got from news website....

pal

35. Posted by petercasie (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Mel asked: Petercasie, where do you live now?

I just got back from a long sailing trip, including a Transatlantic sailing race, followed by trips to Rome and Vienna. I am 'home' in Belgium for another two months before I end my sabbatical and hit the road again..

Dunno yet where work will send me. Will only know shortly before leaving.. Will have to watch the news... Wherever there is a war, natural disaster, famine, political turmoil...

Back to the thread of this forum:
No matter where it is, there are few places that have been 'a disappointing destination' for me.. There is beauty in many of them. I think the art is in finding where 'the place clicks' with the traveller. Just as an example, when sailing in the British Virgin Islands last summer, I was at first desillusioned about the people we met, about how superficial (sorry!) the country had become. Until we found the 'click': We found some 'off the beaten track' places, and just sat on a remote beach, found a small shack, had a drink, and started talking to some of the locals. One thing let to another and we made new friends for life...

Still a pity I never found this click in India ! Will have to try again...

Peter

36. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

Kewa had claimed Lake Placid was very dissapointing. I just got back from there this weekend and loved it. I have been up there many times during the last few years. Kewa's experience brings up another point. Why are you going to a particular destination? I go to lake placid to stay in a bed and breakfast with my girlfriend, then during the day get out of the town and go ski, hike, ice climb, and general to be outside. Then at night, do a bit of research and find one of the not too expensive places or just cook dinner in the room. Then go out and grab a few drinks at the bar. Very relaxing if you plan accordingly.

Now, if you went up there just to stay in lake placid and you don't do to many activities, then yes it can be dissapointing. It is a bit pricey up there and it is touristy. But then why did you go? is my question. The town never claims that it is something that it isn't. It is like saying that you hated going being in Fiji, but only because you had the ocean and you are allergic to the sun. I guess the end result of such a debate, is did you hate a place because you were there at the wrong time or for the wrong reason? Food for Thought. Brent

37. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

I'd have to say Auckland. Sorry Auckland :(

The city just doesnt have any life, or if it does it continually eludes me! Its too spread out here and very cliquey. I think even most Aucklanders might agree with that.

The people I have met are lovely, but I'm just bored. Probably a good thing really, it means I'll save more while Im here!

38. Posted by don_kam (Full Member 115 posts) 9y

Lake Nemi in Italy near Rome... it was very pretty from a photo I saw.... guess not... :(

39. Posted by fruitlups (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

I will agree to the rest when they say disappointing - it does not mean that the place was either ugly or forgettable. There are times when you expect a lot (planned when you spend a lot) and times when you have no expectations at all (when you go on a budget). I expected a lot from New York and I was not really disappointed but just like what they said, I felt drained and repelled by the energy. I loved my time at the MET but it was not as enjoyable as the Chicago Art Institute. DC was a disappointing. I expected it to be powerful and commanding but it was not. I made sure that I see Giant Abe to pacify what I was feeling.

40. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting samsara2

I'd have to say Auckland. Sorry Auckland :(

The city just doesnt have any life, or if it does it continually eludes me! Its too spread out here and very cliquey. I think even most Aucklanders might agree with that.

The people I have met are lovely, but I'm just bored. Probably a good thing really, it means I'll save more while Im here!

Auckland is a boring shithole located at the arse end of the world.