Our recent bucket list trip to Europe, 14 days excluding flights to/from Europe, has given me a new perspective on the difference between the Berner Oberland and the 3 other countries that we visited.
Of course every person has a different motivation for traveling, but I think that many travelers are in a mindset where they won't admit that they don't really care for 500 year old art, sculptures, or palaces. As a result, popular places we visited in Italy, Greece, and Paris were so crowded with mile long lines, that it was almost a chore to cross these places off our bucket list. We saw most of the important sites in each city, but it was hard to feel relaxed. I might have felt differently if I had a month in Italy, an unlimited budget, or maybe was a study abroad student with no set travel plan.
On the other hand, staying in places like Lauterbrunnen and Murren in the Berner Oberland even for a day felt like a real vacation, so relaxing. That experience has made me rethink about travel plans for the future. The more I think about it, I've realized I'm not interested in seeing grand cathedrals, and big cities, worrying about pickpockets. I'd rather spend more time in Switzerland, so long as my budget allows.