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Have you been somewhere that didn’t live up to expectations? That you didn’t like? Do you know why you didn’t like it? Did someone paint a picture of high expectations that the place didn’t live up to? Did something scary happen to you? No matter what the reasons there will always be a place that you didn’t love. In saying that what is off the travel list for you and do you agree with any of the destinations below?
12. Negombo, Sri Lanka – The Traveller’s Guide By #ljojlo
Negombo, our first stop in Sri Lanka! Our first impression! We didn’t love it! Why might you ask? Well, I can’t honestly put my finger on it. This beachside town seemed touristy yet quiet, there wasn’t much going on, and maybe we didn’t explore enough, but we got a little bored. The Dutch canals were a good outing (seen above) and the fish market is worth a look, however, other than that I would head south to the southern beaches or east into the mountains. The pearl of the Indian Ocean is a stunning country with amazing places to explore, however, I wouldn’t waste your time travelling 40 mins north of Colombo to the town of Negombo.
Have you visited Negombo? Did we miss something? Did you love it? Please let us know!
11. Halong Bay, Vietnam – No Hanging Around
Derek hiking in the middle of a volcano in Kenya instead of hanging out at Halong Bay
‘You can’t go to Vietnam without seeing Halong Bay. It wasn’t my first time to Vietnam but it would have been my first to Halong Bay. Every photograph of this seascape on Facebook or Instagram is immaculate, perfect, flawless and the cause of severe wanderlust. It was high on my list, possibly even at the top and it was sure to be a once in a lifetime experience. Except for every time I met a fellow traveler in Vietnam they would show me these pictures and then follow it up with a “yeah but”: yeah but it was ridiculously crowded, yeah but it was quite dirty if you could see what was behind the camera, yeah it was beautiful but it wasn’t cheap. As I stand here in the middle of a volcano in Kenya, with no crowds, no litter and at no cost, I think about how people say that you can’t visit Vietnam and not see Halong Bay – I think about it because it’s not true, you can – I just did it.’ – Derek: Not Hanging Around
I am also yet to experience Halong Bay and have also heard these same rumours. Has anyone been there? Can you confirm? Do you agree?