Four “love/hate” destinations

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.


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  • Reply
    Colleen Brynn
    January 22, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Hey, let me know if you ever decide to go to Easter Island. I can connect you with some experiences other than the moai. When I went, it changed my life. …and I know I’m not the only person/travel blogger who feels that way. There is definitely more to the place than the moai. In fact, I would argue that the moai are one of the less important experiences to have there.

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      Julie Tulba
      January 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      I am definitely ignorant where Easter Island is concerned and if I ever get there, I will definitely be contacting you. And that’s very interesting to hear that the moai were not the pinnacle of your visit there.

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    January 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I liked Venice, but I did not love or hate it. I guess it really depends on the time of year and where you stay. It was fun “getting lost” by just walking around to find little local spots off the tourist trail!

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      Julie Tulba
      January 22, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      I’m happy to finally hear a more neutral opinion! So my post stands corrected that they do exist. I have heard that the tourist mobs can be a bit much depending on the time of year-I’d probably for that reason alone want to travel in the more off-season.

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    January 23, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Easter Island is a MUST go to location. I would say the time is more of a factor than cost if you research food and hotels before you go. Plus add NZ and you will have been to the Polynesian triangle (Hawaii is the otherone).
    Vegas is funny because I don’t drink and I don’t gamble and I LOVE it. Theres always something to do, eat or see, especially if you have the time and a car to go off the strip.
    Bali is definately a big Love or Hate here in Oz. After years of saying I don’t think I’ll go there are certain things that attract me e.g. hiking the volcanos, the rice paddys and womens surf/yoga retreats, how knows I may make it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julie Tulba
    January 25, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Okay, two people have said Easter Island is an absolute must so I will be definitely adding it to the “dream, must see list.” I’ve never heard of the Polynesian Triangle but I’ve been to one so I’m off to a good start.

    I think between the food & glitzy buildings, I would probably enjoy Vegas quite a bit. I also would love to see some of the National Parks out there too!

    I know nothing about Bali but it does look like the place where if you look beyond the beaches and booze scene, it does look like it has a pretty incredible culture.

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