I remember looking forward to Outland back before Cataclysm. Now I cling on to Azeroth as long as I can. The whole rodeo clown gear issue is so laughable though. I suppose if you try take it all less seriously and work towards putting together the ugliest set of gear in any video game ever, it makes the whole Outland experience a little more tolerable.
Northrend really isn't that much better. Least the quests are a little more recent. Gear looks all the same though.