Tell Me About A Past Travel Experience That You Had High Expectations For (But Ended Up Not Loving)

Traveling is full of surprises. When you're visiting a new destination, you never know exactly what you're going to find.

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And if you love to travel, you probably go into each trip with high expectations. Sometimes, you leave a new place feeling totally blown away by it and excited to return in the future. But other times you might feel underwhelmed by a new place and wonder what all the hype is about.

So I want to know about a destination you've visited or a travel experience you had that you were disappointed with and why.

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Maybe you always dreamed of visiting Santorini. But after finally going, you found yourself disappointed with the island. It felt too touristy and overcrowded, and you actually loved visiting some of the neighboring Greek islands far more.

A crowd of people in Santorini watching the sunset
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Or perhaps driving the Golden Circle in Iceland was at the top of your bucket list for years, but you finally made it there and found you couldn't enjoy any of the scenery without encountering dozens of tour buses.

Silhouettes of tourists waiting for the explosion of the Geysir on the Golden Circle in Iceland
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Maybe you finally made it to Dubai but left feeling like you'd been duped. The whole city just felt like one giant amusement park full of tourist traps.

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Or perhaps you finally made it to New York City, a city that you always imagined visiting. But ultimately, you found it was too hectic, fast-paced, dirty, and overwhelming for you to really enjoy.

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Whatever the case, I'd love to hear about a travel destination or experience that left you feeling underwhelmed after visiting. Share your thoughts in the comments below, and your responses could be featured in a BuzzFeed Community post. And if you prefer to stay anonymous, drop them into this Google Form.