Last week’s discussion focused on the question, “What Destination Lived Up to the Hype?” And, while many destinations are as amazing as advertised, some aren’t. Unfortunately, when you hear a lot about a destination, you tend to build it up in your mind as being absolutely spectacular. Then, when you finally get there, you are sometimes left underwhelmed and disappointed. I like to call this the “Star Wars Prequel Syndrome”.
The Star Wars prequels were released amid much anticipation. Unfortunately, though, they had been built up so much over the preceeding years that there was no way they could be as amazing as many hoped.
The same can happen with travel destinations. When you’ve read about them, seen pictures, and even talked to people who’ve gone, you build them up in your mind. However, when you build up something so much, it’s hard not to be disappointed when you finally lay your eyes on it.
For me, the most disappointing thing I’ve seen while traveling was the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, China. I’ve already devoted an entire post about why I think they underwhelmed me so much, but let me recap a bit for you.
First, I feel like the Terracotta Warriors lack the “wow” factor you see in so many other sites. Instead of gazing up at their magnificence, like you do at many sights, you have to stare down at the warriors. Even the sheer number of warriors makes it hard to overcome this obstacle.
Furthermore, when I was there, I had this overwhelming sense of skeptisism. Looking over the giant pit of warriors, I couldn’t help but feel like there was something off, that maybe the warriors were much more restored than they would make you believe. I don’t have any proof of this, it’s just a feeling I had. And, judging by the comments on my above linked post, I’m not the only one who walked away feeling this way.
What about you? What was the most disappointing travel destination or attraction you’ve been to? Something you heard a lot about, and were really excited to see, but in the end left you underwhelmed. Let me know in the comments section below.