Overrated Travel Destination: Los Angeles

Cindy Roaming
3 min readMay 23, 2023
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Why Los Angeles turned out to be the most overrated place I’ve ever traveled to.

Traveling to new destinations is often an exciting and eye-opening experience. However, there are instances when a place doesn’t live up to its reputation. Based on my experience, one such disappointment was my visit to Los Angeles. While many people perceive it as a glamorous city with stunning attractions and a vibrant lifestyle, my firsthand experience paints a different picture.

After crossing the border from Mexico to the USA. I was thrilled and immediately purchased a bus ticket to Los Angeles. I excitedly gazed out the window, taking in the scenery. It was my first trip to the United States, and I couldn’t wait to discover the world-famous metropolis. However, after I arrived in Los Angeles, my excitement swiftly faded.

To get around the city, I opted to take public transport and bought a day metro pass. I had no idea that this would be the first of many disappointments. The Los Angeles metro system astounded me with its uncleanliness and pervasive odor. Homeless individuals occupied the train, and the overall atmosphere was disheartening. This was the first time I felt unsafe while riding the metro in Los Angeles. I’m still thinking this was an exceptional incident; therefore, I’m holding out hope.

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My initial disappointment grew as I exited the metro station. The streets of Los Angeles were full of homeless people, and the overall cleanliness was awful. The glaring gap between the wealthy and the needy seems to be magnified here. While films such as La La Land depicted a dazzling and picture-perfect metropolis, reality was far from that. It was distressing to see the sharp contrast between luxury and poverty.

One of the highlights of my visit was exploring the movie set of La La Land, a film that showcased the beauty of Los Angeles. However, the stark contrast between the on-screen portrayal and the reality of the city became…



Cindy Roaming

I write about my travel story, foods, and culture. Currently in Mexico City🇲🇽