"Come and get a close up view of our world famous beached albino seals!".
Taxis across the island cost upwards of $50, and buses only ran every two hours. There was some good local food at the market in Willemstad, but the beaches are better for pictures that make your friends back home jealous than for actual swimming.
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Pictured: Actual swimming.
The island is overpriced, the night life is seriously lacking. Clever photography and a smart marketing campaign have made Curacao one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean. If you never left your beautiful resort, you might think so too. But once you explore the island, you'll find that there's not much there. If you want a better Caribbean paradise at a more affordable price, try St. John, an island with personality and life. Curacao is person you date who's actually quite boring once you get over their good looks.
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I'm sure everyone will send me hate mail for this but I am just going to come out and say it: I don't get why people love London so much. TripAdvisor users named it the best city in the world to visit in 2012.
I'm not saying that just to answer my own question. I really want to know.
London is the most expensive city in the world. A visit is not affordable to most, with the average pub meal costing $15 (and if you want a nice meal, you're looking at around $50 at least). A basic plate of fish and chips can cost $18. That's bar food! It's not supposed to cost that much! Ever!
What the hell is a Dover Sole and why is it 28 English money?
With meals that expensive, it's impossible to eat out often. Furthermore, the weather in the city sucks. It's often cold, cloudy, and rainy. Additionally, the tube closes early on weekends (1AM) and is frequently shut for maintenance. London is a great city for the 1% of the world with its high fashion, expensive restaurants, clubs, and homes. If you're loaded, go to London and have a ball. But if you want a modestly priced international vacation destination, you can do a lot better. I've never seen my money disappear so quickly for virtually no reason.
Oh, there's the reason.
Some will say "Yes, but the museums and theater are wonderful and the city has a lof of history." That may be true but that doesn't mean we have to fawn over London and put it on a pedestal! If we are going to write odes to a city, it should have it all. London does not have it all. Give me Berlin, a city with a growing food scene, art, music, diversity, and cheap prices. It is vibrant. London is your stuffy grandfather who goes to bed at 8pm. Go there if you have to, not because you think you want to.
Matthew Kepnes is the author of the book "How to Travel the World on $50 a Day" and runs the popular budget travel website, Nomadic Matt.