Where wouldn't you go again?

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1. Posted by TravelingTopTen (Budding Member 36 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

For me, Kuala Lumpur. I went there last year and found it to be a very boring city with little warmth or charm. The taxis were expensive, food bland and even though we were only there a few days we still found ourselves struggling to find things to do.

I also have little interest in going to Paris again. Just seemed a really rude, unfriendly city.

2. Posted by harbinger (Budding Member 39 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

If it were my choice, I'd never set foot in Munich again.
It's a nice enough place, I suppose, but doesn't begin to live up to its hype, and the sheer smugness of the residents just puts my teeth on edge.
There are so many places in Germany and Austria that offer similar attractions for much less cost, with far few crowds.
By contrast, I rather like KL, and in a number of visits, have never lacked for things to do. But I agree that it's somewhere that you have to work a little bit harder to discover its charms.

3. Posted by harbinger (Budding Member 39 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Thinking about it, I don't like Madrid much either. Probably for rather similar reasons ... ;)
Otherwise, I struggle to think of places I've visited where I haven't managed to have a good time.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't go back to Nashville. I've no interest in country music and the traffic was terrible. Guayaquil was quite hot and humid and it just sapped my energy. And the port people wanted bribes which delayed our getting off. Panama City, Panama is another place I really see no reason to return to.

My daughter did not like Paris either, but I didn't have a problem with it, and I have not been to Munich since I was 12 so I have no opinion about that. I quite liked Madrid, because of the Prado.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5591 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


I felt so extremely uncomfortable there, not being able to simply hold my girlfriend's hand in public (I never realized how much human touch meant to me until it was stiffled like that). And then the self-aggrandizement - particularly with that ridiculous fountain. "We stand at the brink of the future - with whales and bubbles and a big fire show, because look at us!"

I would also be okay with never returning to LA (so grey and grimy and rundown) or Frankfurt (boooooring), but wouldn't go out of my way to avoid them, where I would with Dubai.

Given how much travelling I've done in the last 15 years, I'm actually rather pleased at how short that list is. Most everywhere else I've been, I can easily think of several good reasons to want to return. :)

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1586 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

We are definitely a varied bunch!

Having been in Dubai for the first time in April, I feel I could actually live and work there. And, at last, I'm going back to Paris in December almost fifteen years after I first went there. I could live there too if my French was better!

My worst nightmare is Las Vegas. I spent five hours there in 2000 and that seemed like four hours, fifty-nine minutes too long!

7. Posted by harbinger (Budding Member 39 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Varied indeed - but that's the beauty of such discussions :)

I don't like Dubai much, but as we transit through there every so often, I've learned to try and make the best of it. However, I have trouble regarding it as more than a vastly overhyped shopping mall in a sandpit, with an unpleasantly polarised social dynamic between Emiratis with money to burn, flashy expats and the almost invisible 'drones' who make their unsustainable lifestyles possible.

Frankfurt is - as you say - just dull. But at least within easy striking distance of lots of other interesting places, so I can forgive it a lot.

I like Paris very much, mostly because I've had to kill a lot of time there in transit over the years, and have randomly explored off-the-beaten-track areas since I've long since exhausted the first, second and probably most of the third division attractions (many of the most enjoyable being in the lower leagues). I always have a great time in Paris, but I couldn't begin to imagine living there.

The idea of both Las Vegas and LA horrifies me, so I'm hoping to continue avoiding both.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Aug-2017, at 12:04 by harbinger ]

8. Posted by Piecar (Inactive 1218 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

For me, it's Santiago, Chile. It's not a pretty city and far more expensive than it should be. It's dull and I didn't find a whole ton of culture. I also agree that Madrid tends to think too highly of itself

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I was OK with LA as it was 50 years ago. I don't know about now. Never been to Las Vegas.

10. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1555 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

LA, Las Vegas I also wouldn't miss if I never visited again. Dubai is a strange city, I did prefer Abu Dhabi, I felt like that city was built for people. When I stayed in Dubai we had a hotel in the middle of the workers section of the city. It was like little Pakistan (or maybe Bangledash) with smells of curry and fresh tandoor bread eminating from all the little shops. It was quite a contrast to the sleek first world malls.

I'm always criticised for this but I just didn't like New York City. We spent a week there and I didn't enjoy it I thought the food was over rated, the congestion was annoying, I really didn't like the smell, it was so grey and dark. The only place I liked was Central Park otherwise not for me.

A place that I did hate was Bled in Slovenia. I just felt a little ripped off when we got there. It was no where near as pretty as the photos (to be honest other parts of Slovenia were much more beautiful) and everything was like three times the price of anything in Slovenia. You couldn't even step foot on the Island without a tour group. While we travelled in Slovenia we enjoyed the food but in Bled, Slovenian food was replaced with overpriced American takeout. Not even a Slovenian bakery existed in Bled. Today I even wonder if locals live there, it did feel like a theme park village. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth.