Yes, I had a wonderful study abroad experience! When I started University, I really wanted to challenge myself and learn a completely new language.
So, I registered for Basic Russian 101 and two years later I found myself in chilly St. Petersburg, Russia. Once I started learning the language, I became so much more intrigued with Russian culture and history which inspired me to jump out of my comfort zone and do something different.
This is a very interesting question for me as my opinion on the subject has changed throughout my years of living in many different places. During my experience in Russia, my classmates and I were proud of ourselves for venturing into the cold, unknown of Russia while our University friends were all going to the same, typical locations in Europe.
However, after living in Rome for two years now, I can easily say that there is no such thing as an "over rated" destination. Every study abroad destination from Barcelona to Zanzibar can offer something new and inspiring to students.
However, students must remember that studying abroad is meant to be a learning experience. They should choose a location that will offer them exactly what they are looking to learn and explore while, of course, always enjoying themselves in the meantime.