What places lived up to your expectations? Or better yet, exceeded them? >Budapest

What places lived up to your expectations? Or better yet, exceeded them?

>Budapest
Was a meme tossed in at the last minute, but became my favorite city in Europe.
>Korea
Went for cheap cosmetic procedures, met some cool people and had a blast. Great place to be social.
>Kyoto
Peaceful af. Hiking Fushimi Inari and seeing the sun shine down over Kyoto was a transformative experience.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Passed by Barcelona less than a week ago and thought I would hate it but honestly it was pretty cool.

    Everyone just talks about Gaudí crap but there's pretty awesome stuff in Montjuic from the 1929 exposition, the catalan art museum notably is awesome. Also great weather and the natural surroundings are beautiful. Lastly, the Eixample wasn't as bad as I thought, a lot of buildings stood out by their art nouveau decoration and as they cut the buildings at the edges, it's doesn't look like endless carrefours but rather like an intrication of open squares

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Venice. I was so ready to hate it and rant about everything and call it overrated. I cannot wait to go back

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      this was me in Brazil

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I am living in budapest and I cant get the fascination of the west. Its a fricking shithole and I wish to move somewhere else.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Pricing of things is like 1/5th of at home. Plus me like hungarian women.

      Venice. I was so ready to hate it and rant about everything and call it overrated. I cannot wait to go back

      why

      this was me in Brazil

      why

      Angkor Wott,Cambodia
      Florence
      Kyoto
      Sacred Valley, Peru
      I can be such a gamble when traveling, but often enough everything just comes together.

      why

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        1- Venice is huge. I wasnt aware its an archipelago and even the main island is bigger than it seems. Sure, San Marco and the central areas are supper crowded, but for "the most overvisited place in the world" you can definitely get away from the crowds and be by yourself on residential areas. The key is to buy the vaporetto pass and have days to spare so you can really get lost around. Venice is so big that there are wineries and unused arable land in some of the islands!

        2- Lot of highbrow culture. Open classical music concerts, in churches, free or paid, outside restaurants. If its a tourist trap, well, its an amazing tourist trap

        3- Im a poorgay and still I enjoyed the luxury element of it. I stopped in Cannes, Monaco and walked through the high streets of Barcelona, Paris and Madrid. Of all of them, the few blocks of the high-end retail in Venice was the busiest and flashiest I've witnessed. You can really feel the money around. The malls in Monaco were empty!

        4-The food was great and ironically, the popularity of the place keeps the prices in check. Sure, plenty of super expensive trattorias and I was always checking google map for the poorly-reviewed places (lots of them!) but as the options are almost unlimited, there are still a lot of places and desperate for clients, so menu of the day options are available (something that I couldnt take for granted in Emilia Romagna or other areas of Northern Italy)

        5- So many historical places (someone was killed / a revolt took place here) that you can only scratch the surface. Sure, that's the same in every historical European place, but its more fun to find those places in Venice getting lost in the maze of the canals

        tl;dr: I want to go back to do Island-hopping and save money to eat at a winery based exclusively on a venetian island. And later get drunk on cheap discounted spritz and walk among rich people with Vivaldi as my soundtrack

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          btw, 90% of what I was concerned to find in Venice I found it later in Portofino. Horribly overrated. Worst place of my Italian trip

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I had the worst slice of pizza in my life from Venice. It’s like thyme dumped tomato sauce on a paper towel and called it a day. I’m convinced they gave that shit to me because I’m an American. Cool place tho

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            As I said, you have to check the reviews, lots of 1-2 stars places. Its not a coincidence that lot of those places were run by Indians. The poos have taken over the country

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            unless they kidnapped you off the street, it was your dumb ass who walked into a tourist trap

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Angkor Wott,Cambodia
    Florence
    Kyoto
    Sacred Valley, Peru
    I can be such a gamble when traveling, but often enough everything just comes together.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Bangkok
    I don't like Asian women. Not into temples and pagodas. Just like the affordable luxury and shopping centers. Moving around by river is fast and affordable. I like the food. I like the mix of other travelers and expats you see there. I would retire there. Thought it would be some degen shithole and really dirty something more akin to Saigon.

    >Istanbul
    My expectations were pretty high but it's a special place. It's just so cool how it's integrated along the water. It's cheap, a lot of hot turkish, russian, persian ie other women you don't often see abroad. I love the food. And I'm much more interested in the sights and museums compared to most places I've been. I'd rather live in Bangkok but I think Istanbul is the most impressive place I've been.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Is Istanbul easy enough to get along with not speaking Turkish? Thinking of staying around Kadikoy

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Easy enough but you'll miss a lot/get scammed a lot imo. I lived in Kadıköy, if you enjoy drinking more than sleeping pr visting then way to to, and everone speaks english there. For a more authentic experience, go westwards after Fatih or beyond Tarlabaşı boulevard. In general, try to only eat in places where they don't have english menus
        And don't take cabs. Never ever

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I stayed in Kadikoy and liked it. I like taking the boats over to the more touristy parts but it's nice staying away from the scammers -- it's definitely not a quiet area though.

        As for language, Turks have little patience for trying converse with you in English especially on the Asian side. But I just buy an unlimited data sim and use translate. I don't talk to people unless they speak to me in English. Doesn't bother me nor does it feel like much of an adjustment.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I would retire there
      It's tempting to think about this, but one thing that would really get me is the lack of good medical care. Especially when old. Say what you want about US medical costs, the quality and training of doctors is the best in the world.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The entirety of Italy except for Naples. Every small town and city I went to was fascinating. So much shit to see and do there. Thought I hated Italians based on the ones I'd met through work and traveling, but never met any bad ones on all three of my trips there. Frick Naples though, basically Nairobi 2.0 because it's loud af, dirty, and black.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Naples was the opposite for me. It was rough, yes, but there were far less tourists and it felt more authentic Italy. Even the kids did the gabagool hand motions, it was hilarious. Every stereotype about Italy came true for me in Naples and that's what I was looking for 2bh. I did get mugged but I also had my phone out at night taking pics of street art in dark allies so I kinda deserved it.

      There were piles of trash everywhere but apparently that is done on purpose by the Mafia so it was pretty interesting. It had by far the best food in Italy, even if it is different than what I expected by my Amerimutt tastebuds. I just love the grungy, narrow cobble streets and graffiti and the random street fights with guys in grease-stained wifebeaters. The train to Pompeii reminded me of the Bronx back in the day where it was completely covered in graffiti.

      Rome was good because it's Rome but I did get caught in so many overpriced tourist traps and there were scammers everywhere. Just too crowded. Venice is okay too but again just too much hype.

      Naples had a lot more to do and see then expected. Normies say skip it but I think it is a must for an Italy trip.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Athens

    Easily my favourite city in Europe and was the first place I ever solo travelled to.

    In summer it’s a hot fricking mess. Great street culture. Amazing beaches. Wild neighbourhoods. Incredibly historic and romantic, yet run down and gritty as frick. Great restaurants. The high life. The low life. Everything in between.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Kek. Athens was my biggest disappointment. Hot shithole with nothing to offer. Acropolis and museums were cash though.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    New Zealand. The opposite of Paris Syndrome. I spent a month roadtripping from Auckland to the end of the south island and back. What a magnificent country. Heaven is a Place on Earth and it's in the lakes around Rotorua.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Japan overall. Both initially visiting and now living here.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Peru. Honestly loved it way more than Japan because the views of the Andes on the way from Cusco to Puno were absolutely breathtaking. My personal #1 country for nature/culture.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How are the roads in Peru? I've been thinking of whether I need flights in-between cities in Peru because some of the roads in the Andes look testy. I would be taking coaches/buses too.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Like the roads Americans had in the 1950s. Mostly 2 lane highways that wind through mountains and can be congested and full of trucks. The country is pretty well connected though it just takes a while to get around by vehicle.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    USA and Canada parks are incredible. Didn't like either country beside the parks

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Singapore. The people calling Singapore soulless in the Singapore thread are utter morons. Leaving tomorrow and feel a bit sad. I did most of Asia and it’s easily in my top 5. I can’t stand Asians but Singaporeans and Japanese people are the exception.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      lol it's a skyscraper city state with no history or culture or even native population, it's just a clean Chinese city

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Galway/Mayo Gaeltacht (Ireland) is about as good as advertised if not more. The best part of Ireland and filters out foreigeners (for the most part) who'd rather stay in Galway/Dublin for some God foresaken reason.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Went for cheap cosmetic procedures
    what did you get done and at what cost?

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Rome
    I had very high expectations, since I've seen most of European cities before and I left Rome for a "dessert" of my travel experience. Oh God did I not expect what I have seen. It exceeded my expectation so much, I was literally stunned. The smell of the air, the laid back beautiful friendly people who dress well, the food, the coffee, the wine, the architecture on every step. I often consider moving there and getting Italian citizenship. Other European cities are no match AT ALL.

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