Disappointing Travel Trips or Venues

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    For me it was the Dominican Republic. All inclusive resort in Punta Cana and the food was terrible. I became pretty sick. Not that impressed with the beaches either. Not as clean as other resorts I have been too.

    I have Dominican neighbors and they could not be nicer people but the employees at this resort were anything but nice nor helpful. Also the plumbing was faulty and our upgraded room was worn and shabby and not shabby chic.

    We did enjoy some of the beach activities like para-sailing and met a great guy from Haiti who was working the beach selling excursions and activities.
     
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    My mentor and very good friend died a couple of years ago at the age of 88. He and his wife had traveled all over the world; there wasn't much they had not seen. A few years ago, they were getting ready for a really major trip to the Galapagos islands and he was struggling to get over pneumonia. I thought they would have to cancel because, of course an 80+ year old can't possible be THAT sick and yet make such an enormous trip and I said as much.

    He looked at me like I was crazy and said there was no question but that they would go. When I said I hoped they would have a really wonderful time, he said he planned to.

    When they got back, we talked about that. He said he always planned to have a good time and as a result, he always did.

    A couple of years ago, we went to England for two weeks. We both got colds. We went to France and Belgium for three weeks and I got food poisoning and an ear infection. Earlier this year, we went to the Caribbean for two weeks, and I'll be damned if I didn't get sick. Very funny was that while adjusting the shower head, the whole thing came off in my hand. And, that was a very upscale resort. We've stayed there before, know the owner and wife and their rescued cat and rescued horses and we'll stay there again because, stuff happens. (Nothing was better than having a little orphaned colt come and demand fresh mango that we had just pulled off the tree. We have video of him and his adopted older brother and the dam who nursed him back to health. We have to go back to see how he turned out.) One of the things we love about this place is the huge private beach. Pure white sand and clear blue water. Wow. Just WOW.

    But, when we talk about our trips and talk about what our next major trip will be, neither of us remember illness or any other negative experience. We remember good food, great people, wonderful sights and I'm ready to go pack and go again.

    I think its hard to go to another part of the country or world and not react to the differences in food and water. But, that's just part of the price we pay.
     
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    i don't think I've traveled to any places that were dissapointments. possible venues I've stayed at have been less than expectations. some sites have been less that expectations too. Like Hollywood. Graumanns Chinese theater and the walk of stars. a building that gets lost in a city environment and some stars on a street. not at all what i expected
     
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    toronto what a flippin waste
     
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    I cant say I've ever been disappointed. And thats mainly because I research the crap out of my vacations.
    I will say the first time I went to Jamaica I was a little freaked out because I didnt understand the culture. Once you get used to Patios and really go out and talk to the people it's cool as hell.
    Now we go at least once a year.

    The Bahamas were pretty much what I expected. Beautiful beachs and water with the ability to rent a boat for a week and over priced lodging.
    Staniel Key Yacht Club is a fantastic place to stay in the Bahamas if you're into cruising around all the Keys in a boat. Lots of cool history about the place.
     
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    I found St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands to be a bust.
     
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    St. Louis.

    What a fucking shithole.
     
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    With the notable exception of Quebec... that pretty much sums up Canada in general. I've been to Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, etc. Boring + shitty food = waste of time.
     
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    Jackson, Wyoming.

    Crowded, overpriced and the streets are clogged with land yachts.

    Next time I visit Yellowstone, I'll HQ in Cody or West Yellowstone.
     
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    Check out a little town called Mariposa in the foothills of Yosemite. Cool town, plus they disregard the CA smoking bans in bars.
     

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