I just read a review of the book, "Off the Tourist Trail: 1,000 Unexpected Travel Alternatives." The premise of the book is that a lot of the most famous destinations in the world are overpriced, overvisited and overrated. As examples, the author lists Stonehenge and suggests that travelers go to Avebury instead. Having been to both, I agree that Stonehenge is overrated, but Avebury isn't nearly as fascinating as Stonehenge. The author also suggests going to Isla del Sol, on the border of Bolivia and Peru, instead of Machu Picchu; Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil instead of Niagara Falls; Tikal in Guatemala instead of Chichen Itza; and Bryce Canyon instead of the Grand Canyon. I have to disagree with this last one, too. Although Bryce Canyon is spectacular, the enormity of the Grand Canyon makes it far more impressive.
Have you been to any places that you consider overrated and can you suggest a destination that is less well known and less touristed?
OK...I would add the Julian Alps in Slovenia vs the "regular" alps in the rest of Europe. The Julian Alps are less populated and provide an interesting travel destination in ski season or off season. Great area to go and less developed!!