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10 Most Disappointing Destinations in the World

Posted by Caroline Morse on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Don't believe the hype! These popular but disappointing destinations are more letdown than must-see.

 

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Gibraltar

This British Overseas Territory on the tip of the Iberian Peninsula isn't quite British and it's not quite Spanish, either. You might say it's the worst of both. The 2.3-square-mile territory packs in a ton of tourists and charges them—"gouges" might be a better word—accordingly. If you're planning on driving there, you'll have long waits to cross the border, and once you've arrived, there's not much to see besides a boring rock, some fake British pubs, and gaggles of wild macaque monkeys that like to prey on tourists.

 

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Niagara Falls, New York

Tip your hat to Canada on this one, Americans. Our northern neighbors totally got the better side of Niagara Falls. The Canadian side yields better views of all three falls (American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls) and it's worth crossing the border to get them. Stopping on the American side just doesn't cut it.

 

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Temple Bar, Dublin

The city of Dublin is great. There's a castle and gorgeous architecture, there are renowned colleges and green spaces, and there are many other things to see and do that go beyond the tired "Irish culture equals pubs" stereotype. The Temple Bar area of Dublin, however, is a prime example of the rampant fleecing of drunken tourists that should be avoided at all costs. This small area caters to visitors competing to see how drunk they can get in "authentic" bars and nightclubs (a.k.a. overpriced tourist traps). Avoid it at all costs and seek out a pub literally anywhere else in Dublin for a better experience.

 

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Hollywood, California

Hollywood has it all—if by "all" you mean aggressive people dressed up as movie characters who want you to pay them for a picture, a sidewalk with some stars on it, and an exceedingly creepy wax museum. Why would you want to come here unless you're a celebrity stalker? (Wait … even if you are a celebrity stalker, stay away. Real stars don't hang out in Hollywood.)

 

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Nassau, Bahamas

Around 1 million cruise-ship passengers visit Nassau each year. Do you really want to go to a place where a million bloated and sunburned cruisers disembark, blinking into the sun as they contemplate the possibility of spending hours away from organized activities and an all-you-can-eat buffet? According to TripAdvisor reviews, visitors should expect to be "constantly harassed for money."

 

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Liberty Island, New York

Liberty Island should be renamed "Line Island," as you'll have to wait in so many lines to get there. So many. If you didn't print your ticket ahead of time, you'll wait forever at will-call. Then you'll wait to hand over your ticket and be screened by security. Then you'll wait to get on the ferry. Then you'll wait to get off the ferry. Once on the island, it's generally beyond crowded. For a statue that symbolizes freedom, there sure is a lot you can't do on this island—like anything that doesn't involve waiting in a line.

 

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Frankfurt, Germany

You know how major cities always have a financial district? And how that financial district is completely empty and dead at night, with everything shuttered? The entire city of Frankfurt is pretty much one big financial district. Sure, it's one of the world's largest financial centers, but it's very sterile and boring, and there isn't much to do.

 

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Walt Disney World, Florida

Paying $99 per day to be trapped in a park surrounded by other peoples' children and fully grown adults who like Disney? No thanks. Even a bottle of water will run you $2.50 once you're within reach of the Mouse's greedy grasp. And if you're thinking about purchasing a "specialty" cocktail to numb the pain of being at Disney World, you'll have to shell out $8.50 per drink.

 

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Casablanca, Morocco

Many international flights to Morocco arrive in Casablanca, but many visitors wish that their flight had kept right on going. This very commercial city is mostly office buildings and has been called "soulless" by many tourists. Transit here, but keep on going to the rest of Morocco if you want a more authentic experience.

 

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Is there any place more depressing than the inside of a casino at three in the morning? Florescent lights, a thick haze of cigarette smoke, and the stink of desperation don't really add up to a dream vacation. Whether you're losing your money by gambling it away, paying for obscene amounts of food at a buffet, or dropping it on overpriced show tickets, you're pretty much guaranteed to walk away from Vegas poorer than when you arrived.

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title  10 Most Disappointing Destinations in the World.

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Int'l Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to London $648 nonstop, Thanksgiving travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

For travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, fly nonstop from Los Angeles to London for $648 round-trip, including all taxes, on Norwegian.

Depart LAX on Wednesday, November 26, and return from LGW the following Wednesday, December 3. Other dates are also available for travel in late fall/winter.

For more great fares to the UK, visit our fare pages for London LHR and London LGW.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: Chicago to Minneapolis $100 nonstop, this weekend

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Travel nonstop this weekend from Chicago to Minneapolis for $100 round-trip, including all taxes, as part of the previously mentioned sale from Sun Country.

Depart MDW on Saturday, April 26, and return from MSP on Tuesday, April 29.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: San Francisco to Paris $804 nonstop, Memorial Day travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fly nonstop from San Francisco to Paris on Memorial Day for $804 round-trip, including all taxes on XL Airways.

Depart SFO at 9:20pm on Monday, May 26, return from CDG at 3:50pm the following Saturday, May 31.

If you're willing to stay a little longer and pay a little more, travel May 26 through June 2 for $849 round-trip. Other return dates are also available in early June.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

From Porter: 60% Off Sale for Travel thru September

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Save on travel to/from Canadian cities with the current 60% off sale from Porter. Travel is valid through September 3.

Fares may not be available on all flights. Avoid blackouts May 16-19, June 27-July 1, August 1-4, and August 29-September 1.

Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, April 28.

Fares are nonstop and include:

Boston to Toronto $230 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Toronto $262 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Newark to Toronto $225 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Washington DC to Toronto $220 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Montreal to Toronto $210 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Travel to/from Boston, Montreal, St Johns, Chicago, Newark, Thunder Bay, Halifax, Ottawa, Moncton, Quebec City, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Windsor, Timmins, and Toronto.

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To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: NYC to Sarasota $160 nonstop, round-trip

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fly nonstop from New York to Sarasota for $160 round-trip, including all taxes, on Delta Air Lines.

We found seats departing LGA on Tuesday, May 13, returning from SRQ on Saturday, May 17. Other dates are also available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays through late May.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Weekend Fares from Delta, United, and US Airways

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Here's a quick look at what's available for weekend travel on Delta, United, US Airways. Most are valid for departure on Friday or Saturday, returning the following Monday or Tuesday, either this weekend or the next.

Check our Fare Details for rules and restrictions.

Seats tend to go fast, so hurry!

San Francisco to Seattle $220 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Detroit $200 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Chicago $221 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Grand Rapids $221 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Dayton $221 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Oklahoma City $321 round-trip, including all taxes

Minneapolis to Indianapolis $220 round-trip, including all taxes

San Diego to Salt Lake City $220 round-trip, including all taxes

Detroit to Buffalo $160 round-trip, including all taxes

Atlanta to Jackson $200 round-trip, including all taxes

Columbus to Newark $161 round-trip, including all taxes

Cleveland to Milwaukee $161 round-trip, including all taxes

Los Angeles to Salt Lake City $221 round-trip, including all taxes

West Palm Beach to Houston $270 round-trip, including all taxes

Phoenix to Grand Junction $250 round-trip, including all taxes

Philadelphia to Houston $300 round-trip, including all taxes

Pittsburgh to St Louis $250 round-trip, including all taxes

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To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Southwest Sale for Travel in Spring/Late Summer/Fall

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The current sale from Southwest is valid for travel every day of the week except Fridays and Sundays, from May 6 through June 7, and again from August 25 through October 30.

Sale fares for travel to Florida and Nevada are valid Sunday through Wednesday only. Travel from Florida and Nevada is valid Tuesday through Friday. Travel between Nevada and Florida is valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase. Avoid blackout dates on May 22, 23, 26, and September 1. Some flights may be operated by AirTran.

Sale ends at 11:59pm, April 24. Fares include:

Atlanta to Boston $286 round-trip, including all taxes

Dayton to Orlando $200 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to New Orleans $196 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Houston $258 round-trip, including all taxes

New York to Denver $258 round-trip, including all taxes

Charlotte to Orlando $250 round-trip, including all taxes

Baltimore to Las Vegas $266 round-trip, including all taxes

Los Angeles to Denver $214 round-trip, including all taxes

Seattle to Las Vegas $272 round-trip, including all taxes

San Diego to Seattle $236 round-trip, including all taxes

Portland to Las Vegas $230 round-trip, including all taxes

Austin to Nashville $294 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Nashville $216 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Kansas City $200 round-trip, including all taxes

Houston to Baltimore $292 round-trip, including all taxes

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To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Weekend Fares to New York City

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Feel like zipping off for New York for the weekend? Here's a look at the latest batch of weekend fares for travel to NYC area airports for travel this weekend or the following weekend.

Departures are valid for Friday/Saturday, returning Monday/Tuesday. Seats are limited, so move fast!

Fares include:

Charlottesville to New York $200 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel next weekend

Columbus to New York $236 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel this weekend

Columbus to Newark $161 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel this weekend

Dallas to Newark to $273 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel next weekend

Dayton to Newark $221 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel this weekend

Des Moines to Newark $321 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel this weekend

Detroit to Newark $200 round-trip, including all taxes for travel this weekend

El Paso to Newark $230 round-trip, including all taxes, for travel next weekend

Greensboro to Newark $161 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel this weekend

Greensboro to New York $185 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel next weekend

Indianapolis to Newark $221 round-trip, incl all taxes, for travel this weekend

Louisville to New York $225 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel next weekend

Pittsburgh to Newark $161 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel this weekend

Richmond to New York $200 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel next weekend

Richmond to Newark $161 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel this weekend

Tulsa to New York $321 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel this weekend

Washington DC to Newark $161 round-trip, incl. all taxes, for travel this weekend

For info on transportation to/from New York airports, see our airport guides for LaGuardia LGA, Newark EWR, and JFK.

And for a look at more great deals to NYC, visit our fare list for LaGuardia LGA, Newark EWR, and JFK.

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To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Tokyo $876 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, April 21, 2014

Fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Tokyo for $876 round-trip, including all taxes, on Singapore Airlines.

We found seats departing LAX on Tuesday, September 23, returning from NRT on Tuesday, September 30.

Other dates are also available for travel beginning in early September. For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

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