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  1. Ee Sing Ng
    December 1, 2018 @ 11:54 am

    I totally agreee about having expectations when you travel. It’s never the same as the reality. Its the same when i was in Rome, visiting the Spanish Steps where all i saw were people on the steps. Totally agree with all your points on this article.

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    • dankiteski
      December 2, 2018 @ 11:28 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you liked this post.

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  2. Anisha
    December 1, 2018 @ 1:39 pm

    I absolutely agree and have experienced some of the things you shared. I believe we should just go with the flow sometimes and forget about perfection.

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    • dankiteski
      December 2, 2018 @ 11:28 pm

      Thank you, Anisha

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  3. Lanell
    December 1, 2018 @ 2:17 pm

    I have had this experience of feeling disappointed because images on the ad looked much different. But your advice of creating your own happiness and make the best of it.

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    • dankiteski
      December 2, 2018 @ 11:28 pm

      Thank you, Lanell- I’m glad you liked it.

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  4. Diana
    December 1, 2018 @ 4:04 pm

    This is so true. We see all of these incredible photos of destinations with no one in them but the reality is that there are so many tourists that you truly can’t experience the destination. This was very true when visiting Italy recently.

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    • dankiteski
      December 2, 2018 @ 11:29 pm

      Thank you, Diana- sorry to hear about your Italy experience but there are still a lot of amazing places to visit that aren’t that touristy but really pretty. I hope you get the chance to experience some of them in the future.

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  5. Follow My Anchor
    December 1, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

    Your post is very interesting! Sometimes our expectations are too high, what we see in an amazing Instagram picture with thousands of filters might not be how that place really looks like. And we all look for flawless spots just to post that perfect photo while we forget that traveling is about the unique experience we are taking in that moment. I love your quote: You’ll either live in the moment or live in an expectation. I totally agree with you!

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    • dankiteski
      December 2, 2018 @ 11:30 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, I’m really glad to hear you liked this article.

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  6. Bilal
    December 1, 2018 @ 11:52 pm

    This is so true! always have to have a positive mind and stay focused. We see all these mesmerizing posts from different social media channels and start to feel less about ourselves. Its all about enjoying the company you are with and the moment

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    • dankiteski
      December 2, 2018 @ 11:30 pm

      That’s the best way to go, Bilal. Thank you for commenting.

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  7. Alyssa
    December 2, 2018 @ 4:35 am

    All of this is so true! I’d love the solution to be managing tourism rather than our expectations, that way everyone can have a beautiful experience and the destinations don’t get ruined!

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    • dankiteski
      December 2, 2018 @ 11:32 pm

      Wouldn’t we all, Alyssa :)? Unfortunately, I don’t see this changing in the near future, to be honest overhyping destinations seems to be happening even more and I guess we’re stuck with having to manage our expectations

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  8. Fairuz
    December 2, 2018 @ 6:26 am

    I think you’ve nailed it with this post. We have to manage our expectations when visiting new places. Plus, social media doesn’t always reflect reality. Case in point is The Great Wall of China. Of course we’d love to see it when there’re less people, but keep in mind that it is a famous architectural marvel so there will be many people there whether you like it or not. And you are also right by saying it’s not about the destination. Quite often than not, it’s the experience that we remember more. I usually avoid places like Phi Phi Island, because they’re catered for the tourism industry.

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    • dankiteski
      December 2, 2018 @ 11:33 pm

      Thank you, Fairuz, I really appreciate it. Indeed, in the era of social media, a lot of destinations get overhyped and a lot of people get disappointed. Of course it’s about the experience and nowadays I avoid places like Phi Phi too but I was a typical traveling rookie at the time 🙂

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  9. J
    December 2, 2018 @ 3:36 pm

    Pretty much why I love writing a travel blog and create travel videos. It’s an alternative to those picture perfect destination ads tbh. Totally agree with you,

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    • dankiteski
      December 2, 2018 @ 11:37 pm

      Thank you for your comment and keep keeping things real through your articles and videos 🙂

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  10. Gonca
    December 3, 2018 @ 5:09 am

    Ahahah photos are so true! I guess people are paying for a nice photo shoot! Especially when I see the waterfalls like a small tap I feel so disappointed!

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    • dankiteski
      December 3, 2018 @ 7:49 am

      I know, right? 🙂

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