Monday, 17 July 2017

The 5 Travel Destinations That Disappointed Me The Most

I've spent a lot of time posting about the trips that I loved and my favourite experiences whilst travelling - so I figured wasn't it about time that I included a post on the places I visited that weren't quite so great?

If you live in one of these locations or love them yourself, please don't be offended - it's just my opinion, and obviously is based on whatever was going on at the time I happened to be visiting!

001. The Grand Canyon
Number one on my most disappointing list is probably not a surprise to anyone who has read this blog for any time at all - I really, really didn't enjoy my trip to the grand canyon. It was fine. It was really just sort of okay. We spent hours walking around it and our opinion didn't really improve, we found the whole experience a bit boring - but we did get some cool photos of us sitting over the edge of the tops which I thought looked pretty good, so there's that. I would have regretted not going when we were already in the area - but I definitely wouldn't mind if I didn't see it again! Read my full review here.

002. Nairobi
I enjoyed a lot of the places that I visited in Africa, but Nairobi was not one of them. Kenya as a whole was probably my joint least favourite country in the region (tied with Zambia, if you're wondering) and I just didn't have a good time there. People weren't very friendly and it had an off atmosphere. And it was well expensive.

003. Toronto
When I did a road trip across Canada, Toronto was probably the place that I looked forward to the most - however, I left feeling very meh about the whole experience. I felt like it was really just a city, and I didn't feel a great deal of personality coming from it. People were pleasant and there were of course some nice areas, but it just didn't stand out and I felt like it didn't have as much to offer as the other parts of Canada that I visited. This could have been my fault for having too high expectations for it though!

004. Blackpool
I need to preface this by saying that I very much visited Blackpool out of season, and the experience is probably completely different if you go in the summery months. I enjoyed Blackpool Pleasure Beach, painful as the rides may be - but the overall experience left me feeling a bit sad for the area. Again it doesn't help that it was off season so the majority of the restaurants and hotels that we passed were closed which probably contributed to the place feeling a little bit abandoned, but the whole atmosphere was just off. We found people weren't very friendly there which was a direct contrast to how friendly everyone else was in the surrounding areas. I'd like to go back and give it another chance, though.

005. The Galapagos Islands
I think this is probably my most controversial addition on this post, as the Islands are somewhere that so many people want to visit and pretty much everyone returns in love with. But, I just didn't think they were all that. Of course, the giant turtles are interesting. The blue footed boobies are adorable. And some of the landscapes truly are amazing. But, I just didn't think it was all that. It was insanely expensive, even day trips were costing a small fortune just to spent about two hours on another island or another area, and you have no freedom whatsoever whilst you're there. Now, don't get me wrong. I completely get that the Galapagos Islands are a national park, and that there are very good reasons for why you're so restricted. However, I found it made for quite a boring trip, especially when it costs so so so so SO much money to go there.

What were your most disappointing travel experiences?

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