25 Most Overrated Places On Earth

Golden Gate BridgeThere 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.



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6 Responses to 25 Most Overrated Places On Earth

  1. elizabeth says:

    Unbelievable. Going to Rome and Hong Kong were incredible experiences for me–I never would have thought they were so fabulous. (In different ways, of course.) And London, like New York City, is so diverse that there is something for everyone. It’s also a home place for my family, and I love it for that reason alone. My grandmother, born in Clerkenwell in 1894, was always so proud that she was born within the sound of Bow bells.

  2. Paula Bag Lass says:

    It reads like a petulant school student turning in a late paper, rushing the project, google street-viewing the places and plucking excuses out of thin air!
    I certainly wouldn’t listen to the opinions of a person who states London is overrated because of the weather or the exchange rate….that’s absurd.
    And speaking of which, the exchange rate is pretty decent right now, perhaps the author is too young to remember the $2.50 = £1 nightmare years, which btw has nothing to do with a place being overrated.

  3. Ev says:

    Huffington Post is overrated.

  4. lomo says:

    I wonder what this person is looking for? Cheap booze on a secluded beach with perfect weather and shopping within walking distance of uncrowded historical sights relevant to her personal interests-?

    Some of the worst travel mistakes happen in a person’s mind before the trip even takes place-

    It should be perfect.
    I should pack everything I need to be as comfortable as I am in my own home.
    What if …
    For what this trip is costing me, I should be ecstatic every minute of the trip.
    My comfort and convenience are paramount.

    These attitudes almost guarantee a disappointing trip.

    I am not a fan of the new “The 14 Strangest Whatever” school of journalism that is so popular these days. Uninformative, lacking substance, and rarely entertaining.

  5. Ivana says:

    Ouch, after reading this list I cannot imagine the list of Huffington’s “25 most worth visiting places”.