The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament I run every year on this site is often controversial for a wide variety of reasons. 2017’s winner, Granada, Spain (yay!) wasn’t a surprising result for many of you who voted but the city it beat in the final, Campina, Romania, generated passionate comments of hate and love, mainly from locals.
Each year, I visit the winning Best City. I’ll be revisiting Granada this fall – though the fact that thousands voted for Campina while at the same time others wrote comments that I might die of boredom there made me curious. I have a goal to visit every country in the world, and there are many places I’ve visited which turned out to be very pleasant surprises, despite not having large tourist attractions.
You can see the story in the video above and decide if Campina is the most boring place in Romania or if a visit to the area should be part of your Romania travel plans.
You got it all wrong, my friend and you spread the word completely inaccurate! Who said anything about Câmpina being “the most boring city in Romania?” The contest was about The Best City to visit in 2017, remember? Some of us just told you the ugly truth: it’s a boring city! Not the best to visit in 2017 and not the best to visit anytime soon. Still, we are far from being the champions of boredom. Câmpina is like an old lady, once very beautiful and extremely rich, with lots of stories to be told. Too bad she couldn’t find a good man to share a dream with, a man good enough to make her shine. It’s a good place to die, though!
That’s why there’s a question mark at the end 🙂 But not the most boring – maybe the idea for another contest? I’m glad the contest brought me to Campina though, I enjoyed the time exploring another part of Romania and the views were lovely.
It’s always a matter of perspective. No doubt your choice of soundtrack, aerial footage and video editing add to the appeal. That being said, that’s not how people actually experience a place.
It’s very rare that a world-traveler will ever regret going to a place for the first time, exploring is what we do, it’s what we love, and what keeps us motivated. For me the question that matters most is not: ‘Would you go?’ but rather: ‘Would you go back?’
Any places that you would pay money to return multiple times could clearly be excluded from ‘the most boring place in the world’ list.
True, it’s highly subjective and of course the video colored by much more of my selectivity of footage, music, etc.
You bring up a very interesting point though, “would you go back?” seems a very solid test, particularly for very frequent travelers 🙂