the thing that bothered me about this lack of transport, was that it was to a particularly distant location: Uldum.
there is a portal TO Uldum to do your two little dailies there, but you must hearth or do the 20-minute taxi ride to get back.
I don't quite understand why there is a portal to and from Mt. Hyjal... it's right next to Orgrimmar, a quick taxi ride back.
But there is no return flight from Uldum.
Likewise, there is a portal TO Vashj'ir, yet an endless taxi ride back from there.
These transport choices by the game designers just leave me perplexed.
Lack of Consistency is something that always annoyed me.
Whether it is transportation or anything else.
That's why I feel WoW has come a long
way since Vanilla, there were just so many inconsistencies one would have to wonder if the developers were on crack when they designed half of the game because there appeared to be no rhyme nor reason for a lot of things in the game, especially when it came to equipment and quest rewards.
The most infamous example I quote a lot, in Teldrassil, you could get a green weapon (a choice between 1-2 weapons I think) out of some easy (but quite lengthy quest) to go into a Barrow Den.
3-4 levelups later you find yourself on Darkshore, you are sent off to kill 20 bears and they give you white cloth bracers and...... that's it. White Cloth Bracers.
Oh wow... harder quest, vastly inferior quest reward. Heh.
Or how you'd see weapons from Outland (you still see this to this day) that are all mix-matched. For example, when you first get to Honor Hold or Thrallmar, the first few quests cover everyone, except 2-handed strength users. To get a 2-Handed Strength by following usual progression, you have to wait until near the end
of the zone to get the Helboar Carving Blade. Meanwhile there are no less than two
2-H Agility weapons from HH/Thrallmar Proper, a staff and an axe. Both are usable by hunters, only one is usable by druids. Shouldn't that axe have been strength instead, since Hunters can use the Staff AND Axe, while the Druid can only use the Staff?
And now we see it with portals -- they give a return portal for Hyjal (though to be honest, when Cata first released, those portals did not exist), but yet NOT for Uldum or worse, Vashj'ir, as Vashj'ir is the worst zone to try and get out of possible (you have to swim/taxi up to the surface and then take ANOTHER taxi clear to either Ironforge or where was that again, Sepulcher for the Horde? UGH!), you'd think they would have given Portals.
That, and Vashj'ir is kind of funny anyways -- the portal going TO Vashj'ir dumps you at several different places depending on whereat in the questline you were, instead of picking-and-choosing a spot in the middle like all other zones do. Uldum always goes to Ramkahen for example, while Twilight always goes to Highbank or DMP. The Vashj'ir portal SHOULD take you to that place where the Quartermaster is (yaknow, so you didn't have to taxi halfway across the stinking zone to get to him every time you get a new helm?) and they should have stuck return portals there as well.