Travelers Share Destinations That Lived Up To The Hype

Everyone connects with destinations differently while traveling. The best city you’ve ever visited could’ve been someone else’s worst nightmare, and it’s hard to know whose opinion to trust before you plan your trip.

While there’s no guarantee that you’re going to feel the same way about a city or country as someone else, it never hurts to hear. These travelers shared the destinations they visited that lived up to their expectations.

Krakow, Poland

“I just traveled to Krakow recently. Completely changed my perception of the city. It has a little bit of everything including a medieval castle and a statue of a dragon (that breathes fire!).

krakow poland town square
Photo Credit: Flickr / Francisco Anzola
Photo Credit: Flickr / Francisco Anzola

The Polish pride is evident in the city, with polka music emanating throughout the city, Polska scarves and flags everywhere, and incredibly friendly locals that were very eager to help.”

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

“Beautiful scenery (especially if you go when the icebergs are floating by), the friendliest people, great history, and a surprisingly cool food scene that’s blooming. Hiking right along the edge of the Atlantic was fun too. Very much recommended!”

St John's Newfoundland harbour
Photo Credit: Flickr / Asmaa Dee
Photo Credit: Flickr / Asmaa Dee

Amalfi, Italy

“It’s this tiny beachside town built on the side of these huge cliffs. It’s got the best food, the best beach and the most interesting people I’ve ever met. We just spent every evening in the town square, all the restaurants turn their tables and chairs to face the streets so everyone can sit and watch people go by while they eat.

amalfi italy coastal shot
Photo Credit: Flcikr / Stanislav Georgiev
Photo Credit: Flcikr / Stanislav Georgiev

There was this beautiful brass band that played in the square seemingly just for the love of it. It’s like everyone is just so happy to be alive.”

Osaka, Japan

“It has everything a big city would have, but without any of the downsides typically associated with a big city. All kinds of places to go and see, lots of things to do, great ways to get around, everything is really clean, and all the people are really nice. I’m hoping I get a chance to go back soon.”

dotonbori - osaka japan
Photo Credit: Flickr / Trevor Dobson
Photo Credit: Flickr / Trevor Dobson

Quebec City, Canada

“Quebec City. Holy god, I’ve never been to a more perfectly designed city for young nightlife. Poutine, beer, and amazing architecture galore.

quebec city canada chateau frontenac
Photo Credit: Flickr / Kirk K
Photo Credit: Flickr / Kirk K

“It definitely feels more European than Canadian, as if the city was built in France and teleported to Canada after being completed.”

Portugal

“Portugal. It’s like it’s forgotten on everyone’s ‘visit Europe’ list. Beautiful, has old castles and walled cities. Has mountains and Mediterranean climate. Lisbon itself is a very friendly and comfortable town, easy to get around in.

harbor waterfront porto portugal
Photo Credit: Flickr / Francisco Anzola
Photo Credit: Flickr / Francisco Anzola

“Best was Porto Portugal. Old world feel with beautiful scenery, great food & wine, and relatively inexpensive.”

Alaska, USA

“Alaska. Imagine Colorado with bigger mountains, larger bears, better fishing, tons of moose, nearly 24 hours of sunlight in the summers, the Northern Lights in the winter, fresher air, higher elevation, cooler small towns, less tourists, untouched wildlife father than the eye can see.”

mountains in alaska outside of anchorage
Photo Credit: Flickr / Scot Nelson
Photo Credit: Flickr / Scot Nelson

Pokhara, Nepal

“Dear lord, it’s beautiful, fun and a launching point for gorgeous treks up through the Annapurna region. People are friendly, everything is cheap, crime is almost nonexistent. (To my admittedly limited knowledge.)”

mountains of nepal
Photo Credit: Flickr / Gavin Yeates
Photo Credit: Flickr / Gavin Yeates

South Island, New Zealand

“The whole landscape is just so scenic and tranquil, sometimes I would just stop somewhere off the side of the endless quiet roads just to breathe in the air and look at the horizon and mountains.”

south island new zealand landscape
Photo Credit: Flickr / Pedro Szekely
Photo Credit: Flickr / Pedro Szekely

London, England

“I come from a small country with a tiny population, and London was the first big city I visited and I just fell in love. The mix of old and new architecture, the underground (seriously I could talk about how much I love the underground for days), and despite people warning me Londonites are rude, I thought they were very polite and helpful.”

london piccadilly circus station
Photo Credit: Flickr / Mike_fleming
Photo Credit: Flickr / Mike_fleming

Ireland

“Ireland is called the Emerald Isle for a reason. Everything is green and it’s beautiful. There’s so much history in that island and it’s fascinating.

donegal ireland landscape
Photo Credit: Flickr / Luca Sartoni
Photo Credit: Flickr / Luca Sartoni

“The locals were very friendly and eager to help you if you need directions. The weather is rainy, but I was fortunate enough to have nice weather when I went. My pub experience was excellent as well.”

Budapest, Hungary

“The architecture, culture, people, and experiences are absolutely amazing.”

budapest hungary across the water
Photo Credit: Flickr / Andy Maguire
Photo Credit: Flickr / Andy Maguire

“Budapest was amazing. It had the perfect balance between architecture/art/history and a unique nightlife. Also, Hungarians are definitely one of the nicest people I’ve met in my travels. It’s probably the number one place I’d recommend for traveling.”

Santorini, Greece

“I spent three weeks there on extended vacation and never wanted to leave. The people were amazing, weather fantastic, and food exquisite. Plus ya know, some nice views.”

overlooking santorini
Photo Credit: Flickr / Maggie Meng
Photo Credit: Flickr / Maggie Meng

“As you approach the island from the sea (if you take the ferry to get there) the view of the port of Santorini is just amazing, especially at night. Oh, and might I add that perivolos beach is also beautiful.”

Taipei, Taiwan

“It’s like a fusion between China and Japan, and the Taiwanese are super helpful. I was walking down the street, exploring, and someone actually stopped me in the street and said ‘You need to go to this temple tonight, something really cool is going to happen!’ And it was one of the best nights of my life. Also amazing food, amazing vistas, amazing museums.”

shot of taipei taiwan
Photo Credit: Flickr / Steffen Flor
Photo Credit: Flickr / Steffen Flor

Norway

“Endless nature, giant pretty mountains, drinkable see-through water, so many rocks to jump on, very few people in sight, 9/10.

hills of norway
Photo Credit: Flickr / Per Hoel
Photo Credit: Flickr / Per Hoel

“The fjords of Norway are the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen full stop. Not to mention the fact that the people are absolutely gorgeous.”

Costa Rica

“Costa Rica in general was a traveler’s paradise. Beautiful forests, beautiful beaches, great food, activities everywhere, safe, good infrastructure, and the people there are fantastic.

lapa rios waterfall
Photo Credit: Flickr / Matthew Paulson
Photo Credit: Flickr / Matthew Paulson

“I really love how focused they are on conservation and preserving their natural resources.”

Mexico City, Mexico

“It isn’t overrun by tourists, it’s inexpensive, you can find the best food in the world both on the high and low ends, it’s filled to the brim with art/museums/culture/history (old world and new), incredible architecture, warm (if humid) weather, tons of foliage, the people are among the warmest in the world, and it’s got a fresh and exciting nightlife that never shuts down / hipster bar and food scene.”

mexico city mexico
Photo Credit: Flickr / VV Nincic
Photo Credit: Flickr / VV Nincic

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

“Everything was super-sized and beautiful. Hiking in a normal local park, even if it has mountains and waterfalls, just feels small now.

yosemite national park california usa
Photo Credit: Flickr / edward stojakovic
Photo Credit: Flickr / edward stojakovic

“Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see.”

Florence, Italy

“The first time I saw Il Duomo was walking from Santa Maria Novella. It is the only thing that has ever fully taken my breath away. I will never forget that moment. I love Florence.”

florence italy il duomo
Photo Credit: Flickr / Nick Fewings
Photo Credit: Flickr / Nick Fewings

Riga, Latvia

“I went not knowing what to expect except that everyone I had met traveling was telling me it was amazing and it was.

Riga latvia square
Photo Credit: Flickr / Sami C
Photo Credit: Flickr / Sami C

“So many cool little caf├ęs, a vodka museum run by one of the most hilariously off-beat guys I’ve ever met in my life, amazing food, and it’s dirt cheap and gorgeous.”