There was an article in today’s Huffington Post on the 25 Most Overrated Places on Earth.
Only 25? And of the 25, these were THE MOST overrated places on the planet?
I was intrigued.
Then I read the list. Sure, places like the Hollywood Walk of Fame or the Leaning Tower of Pisa are tourist stops for every sightseeing tour known to exist, but some on the list made me wonder if the author had actually spent any time there.
According to the article, London is overrated because the weather is “gloomy” and the dollar pound exchange rate is poor? Rome is overrated because there are lots of tourists? Hong Kong is overrated because there is no personal space.
Has the author actually spent time exploring or was their visit strictly the typical two to three day “see the tourist sites” stopover?
A few weeks ago, another travel writer on the Huffington Post wrote how it was much easier to get to Berlin because the new Brandenburg airport had opened. Bad news, not only has the airport not opened yet, it probably won’t for two years. It was supposed to open by now. I guess the writer just didn’t bother to check his facts. (I tried looking for the article to link to but apparently someone realized the error and pulled the article.)
When I trained as a journalist over 30 years ago, credibility was mandatory. So much so, that once lost, it would be gone for good. Today, it seems that errors, omissions, and made up facts are the norm and should be expected.
Too bad, we deserve better.