Are These Really the Ten Most Overrated Cities in the World?
W hat is overrated and what is underrated are purely subjective and dependent on myriad factors; but that did not stop Yahoo! Travel from publishing a list of the ten most overrated cities in the world based on the results of a survey conducted by its staff.
I have been to eight of the ten cities on the list; and I plan on visiting one of the two to which I have never been sometime next month. The cities are as follows:
- Las Vegas 28 percent
- New York City 18 percent
- Miami 14 percent
- Paris 11 percent
- Dubai 7 percent
- Honolulu 6 percent
- London 3 percent
- Bora Bora 2 percent
- Rome 2 percent
- Sydney 2 percent
- Other 5 percent
I have no idea as to how many people participated in the survey. I do not know what criteria were used; nor how the questions were asked. I suppose we are just supposed to look at the numbers and base future travel decisions on them.
For me, Las Vegas is an overrated city. The last time I was there was several months ago. Frankly, I would not be disappointed if I never returned…
…but why listen to me? Of course Las Vegas would seem to be overrated for me. I do not drink alcoholic beverages. Gambling is not fun to me. I cannot stand resort fees. The temperature can be too hot and the air too dry. I am not really into glitzy shows or expensive buffets with mediocre food…
…and I am sure that someone will tell me of a place where I can get great food for a reasonable price in Las Vegas. I have been to places outside of Las Vegas such as Hoover Dam.
On the other hand, New York is not overrated to me; but then again, I will be the first to admit that I am clearly biased: New York is where I was born, raised and educated. There is so much to do in New York that a person can spend years there and still have not done everything that city has to offer. I should know, as I lived there for years and still have not done everything — such as visit the One World Observatory at the new World Trade Center, which is set to open on Friday, May 29, 2015. I hope to be there in June; and if I am, I intend to post a trip report here at The Gate.
Honolulu reminded me of Los Angeles on an island; and although it is not my favorite city, Paris is not overrated to me…
…but what exactly is overrated? The cost of visiting is too high? There is not enough to do? It is too crowded and inconvenient?
The following discussions which have been posted on FlyerTalk are a good indicator of just how subjective is the term overrated…
- The most OVERRATED City in the world is….
- most overrated “popular” major travel city?
- The most overrated places
- Most overrated tourist attractions in the world
…but please do not let that stop you from giving your opinion about what cities or places you believe are overrated; and take what anyone claims is overrated — including myself — with a grain of salt and find out for yourself.
After all — that is what travel is all about…