Anonymous Travel Writer: "The Overrated Places I Never Want to See Again"
Here, a working travel writer shares her view of so-called “dream vacation spots” that are, in her view, overrated Hells on Earth. To spare her from possible reprisals from the tourist industry that she covers, Yahoo Travel is not using her real name (or her real picture; the young woman above is a model). The opinions of “Siena” are hers alone and don’t reflect those of Yahoo Travel.
As a travel writer, my credo is “I’ll try almost anything once.” That open-mindedness has served me well. The huge majority of my experiences have been very much worth having. But I’ve had a few duds — destinations to be crossed off the wish list and never considered again. Most travel writers I know have their anti-favorite list of overrated places. This is mine.
Bora Bora: the beautiful view gets old quick (Thinkstock)
More than one friend of mine calls this island “boring boring.” The reefs and water are absolutely spectacular, but how long can you stare at fish? There’s nothing else to do. The resorts are on their own private motus (islets), so there’s no nightlife, and guests aren’t looking to socialize at all as they’re all on their honeymoons. And the “France in the South Pacific” marketing is not a selling point: French Polynesia offers the worst combination of Gallic snobbishness and of island indifference. I just felt sorry for the guys who had to paddle me around on a canoe for breakfast (though they were nice to look at). And it’s expensive. If you want Polynesia, just go to Hawaii. If you want exotic, go all the way to Asia, where your money will go a whole lot further.
Dubai proves that bigger isn’t always better (Photo: Thinkstock)