Travellers and jetsetters will always first do research on where to go next. You will always encounter places famous but doesn’t deliver personal satisfaction and isn’t always worth the praises it receives. Here are 7 places overrated in social media and internet.
Carnegie Deli, New York City
Carnegie Deli was made a landmark by fame and attention it got. If you are planning to have your lunch there or pop in for a snack be prepared for lousy, bordering rude, staff and service, expensive prices for mediocre food and sandwiches that are famous just because they are inconveniently big. If you are looking for the New York experience, try the Kat’z or the Second Avenue Deli.
The Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace, London
The Changing of the Guard aside from the Buckingham Palace also happens at the St James’s Palace and Wellington Barracks. What really happens is you see a guard, exchange places with another guard. This is all parade and the performance was made colourful by uniforms and stiff walking.
Harajuku is said to be Japan’s fashion center with lots of fascinating edgy youth culture, diverse and forever changing. That was years ago, the dressing up in wild costumes has started dying down and now it’s more of an overcrowded shopping mall with overpriced midrange fashion. Guess it looks different from a preening teenager’s perspective but if you’re not nerd for this, this isn’t for you.
Restaurant Weeks, all around the world
For a few times a year, restaurants come together and offer three-course meals at a fixed price. This is not entirely bad except if you’re preferred meal is not offered. You will still get to eat a three-course meal at a lower price but it’s not what you intended to eat in the first place. Tip: ask first if what you want to eat is included in the sale.
Willis Tower, Chicago
Willis Tower, formerly known (but still referred to) as Sears Tower is the second tallest building in America — only One World Trade Center is taller — and the tallest tower in the world until 1998. That’s just the point of the building and many people want to visit it because of that fact. The lines are long and the scenery on top isn’t worth the long wait. If you want to go for the building itself, feel free, but if you’re looking for the view on top experience, try visiting the John Hancock Center at nearby N. Michigan Avenue.
The Wynn/Encore Hotel, Las Vegas
Las Vegas is the land of luxury and money so it’s no surprise it’s also home to some of the most luxurious and expensive hotels. Vegas also is the land of crude humour and imagination with some hotels having themes such as the Bellagio which decks itself in marble, the Venetian which has imported a piece of almost-authentic Venice, and the Palms which is bedecked with half-naked reality TV starlets. The Wynn/Encore Hotel looks like a high end corporate office park. If you’re looking for something like this, why go to Vegas.
Vancouver is often featured in media and television and greatly shown as a cosmopolitan city with lots of diversity and culture. The diversity they flaunt is often limited to some Chinese and Anglo-Canadians. More often than not Portland and Seattle is more exciting or you can visit San Francisco or Victoria. Other than being a giant metropolis, it doesn’t have much else to offer the adventure-thirst of most traveller.
Little Italy, New York
The little is very much accurate on Little Italy. The neighborhood today is gone but the idea of having a Little Italy is very much alive. All that’s left is a bunch of mediocre, hideous tourist-trap red sauce restaurants on one block of Mulberry Street, there are that exist solely because tourists insist on imagining there’s a “little Italy” left in Manhattan.