What Is Off The Travel List 

What Is Off The Travel List 

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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 - What is off the Travel List - 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

Volcano in Kenya instead of Halong Bay - What is off your Travel List - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo

 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?

10. Cusco, Peru – One Weird Globe

Cusco - What is off the Travel List - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo

  ‘Cusco was our last stop of our South American trip earlier this year. While we may be going back to South America, Cusco will be OFF the list this year and future years to come. Beyond being touristy and expensive, Cusco was the only town we visited in South America where the locals regarded tourists like walking ATM’s. We saw enough of that in Thailand, thank you very much. It was the only town in South America that had admission fees for churches, and walking around the plaza / main square all but guaranteed you got approached by someone selling tours or overpriced food. If you’re heading to Cusco for Machu Picchu, know there are plenty of alternatives to the overpriced, incredibly touristy site. I dare say you could visit 8-10 lesser travelled, older, and more authentic sites for the same price as a single journey to Machu Picchu. Get off the beaten path =)’ – Chris: One Weird Globe
Again, I am yet to experience the charm that is Cusco but I will, in fact, be there in January next year before tackling the Inca Trail. I am interested to see my take on Cusco. What was yours? 

 9. Barcelona, Spain – You Could Travel

Barcelona - What is off the Travel List - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo

 ‘Known for its quirky architecture, vibrant youth culture and exceptional nightlife, there is no surprise Barcelona lures in countless tourists from all around the world. I too visited the Catalan city and very much enjoyed the seafood, the weather and the art scene. In contrast, there were many things which deterred me from wanting to revisit Barcelona, including the poor customer service, the dirty streets and the unjustifiably high prices. Being crowded, dusty and having a notorious reputation for petty crime, Barcelona will unlikely make it to the list of my next destinations in the near future, unless work takes me there. However, having said that, I do think Barcelona is a city which must be visited at least once. Hence I urge you to go and experience it for yourself and create your own opinion.’ – Cory: You Could Travel
Third strike for me! Haven’t seen Barcelona either but I will take Cory’s advice and leave it on my list to form my own opinion. Do you like Barcelona or is it also off your travel list?
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