There are so many destinations I would love to visit and find it comical when I hear that for some of them, people either loved them or they hated them, but never a neutral middle.
Venice, Italy: When I traveled to Italy for my first time in 2006, I unfortunately never made it to Venice. This is probably not a bad thing because while the sights that I saw in Rome and Florence were magnificent, the trip itself was abysmal so I guess by not venturing to Venice, it remains “pure” and “untouched” in my travel planning eyes. However, many people I know who have visited Venice, have outright hated it. My former piano teacher, an extremely cultured and well-traveled person, disliked it very much. He complained about the dirtiness of the city, the run-down buildings, and a smell that always seemed to be present. My parents and other travel bloggers who I’ve spoken with simply loved it and said it was like nowhere else. Although I may be wrong, I think that whenever I do get to Venice, I’m going to fall into the camp of those who love it. I love anything “water” and a city that was literally built on the water seems enchanting. As for smells and run-down buildings, well I’m used to those two qualities.
Las Vegas: Some people are major Las Vegas fans while others are of the “one and done” mentality (or others have no desire to set foot in the gambling capital of the world…ever). I’d like to go once but not for gambling. I’d like to see the ridiculously ostentatious buildings, try food at some of the best restaurants in the world, and just experience a fake, glitzy world even if it’s only for a few days. I don’t think the Las Vegas bug would get me as in I’d want to make repeat trips back unless it were to explore some of the national parks that are in the vicinity.
Bali: This Indian Ocean island has long mesmerized me. Between the luscious rice paddies, the incredible sunsets, and the fascinating culture of the Balinese people, it seems like one of those destinations you would always remember. But if you were to ask someone from Oceania on whether or not you should travel to Bali, they would tell you to skip it. Apparently Bali (at least during spring break) can turn into the Indian Ocean version of Cancun with young revelers, as in avoid at all costs. However, WERE I ever to make it to this destination which truly would take almost two days to get to, I’d plan to not travel there during any Oceanic school holiday and stay at a property that I know would not attract the young demographic. It looks too magical to skip.
Easter Island: I’ve never heard anyone say they “hated” Easter Island, but knowing how little is there, and how expensive accommodations and food are due to its sheer remoteness, I wonder if a trip would ever be worth the time and cost involved, even if it is home to some of the world’s most mysterious and fascinating ruins. Although many destinations are known for one main sight, there are usually other “supporting” sights that are worth investigating. To date, I’ve not heard people boasting about cool things on Easter Island save for the famous Moai statues. I’d like to see them one day but half think that I would leave Easter Island feeling incredibly disappointed.