No Second Chance: 15 Travel Destinations Around the World That “Failed To Impress”

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There’s nothing worse than being psyched up for a trip only to be let down when you get there. These are 15 travel destinations around the world that failed to impress the travelers who visited. 

1. San Felipe, Mexico

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One traveler shares they were ready for sun, sea, and a sunburn in San Felipe but were ultimately let down when they arrived and saw the environmental degradation that had taken place in the area. Fisheries had been decimated, and the quality of the beaches had declined.

Even worse, they share that due to the economic depression, local authorities are trying to generate revenue by forcing tourists to pay fines for traffic violations and public intoxication.

2. Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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The Sihanoukville buildings are described as, “Empty, abandoned concrete skyscraper shells” by one traveler who left after one night despite having booked a more extended trip. Other travelers shared that human trafficking in Sihanoukville is common — be careful.

3. Egypt

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Although the historical sites in Egypt are incredible, the hagglers and scammers in the country are not. Female travelers have reported struggling with aggression towards women (by local men). Travel in a group if you can.

4. Rural Oklahoma, USA

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Rural Oklahoma has big natural springs, perfect for hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. But a trip sadly turned into the “Worst. Vacation. Ever.” by one traveler. A guy took his family to the natural springs along the Illinois River and had to contend with ticks like never before.

It’s true, there can be lots of ticks in Oklahoma. Try to cover up and wear bug spray.

5. Jamaica


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Jamaica has beautiful and well-maintained resorts, but beyond the resorts, tourists are often subject to police harassment or assaults by local criminals. Stay at the resort, you’ll have a better time.

6. Delhi, India

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Many travelers to Delhi have said that being on the roads is terrifying due to impaired drivers. The poor healthcare system is another worry travelers have; they worry they will “end up in worse condition” if they visit a hospital.   

7. Southern Illinois, USA

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Although lovely in spring and summer, Southern Illinois becomes “desolate, brown, and cold” in the winter. The area could be more aesthetically pleasing for travelers, except when the surroundings look bleak and the snow turns into a gray sludge.

8. Lake Azov, Ukraine

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The juicy, sweet fruit grown in Ukraine makes it hard to enjoy eating fruit anywhere else. However, once you’ve been devoured by mosquitos along the banks of Lake Azov, you’ll want to leave the fruit behind for a mosquito-less vacation. 

9. Venice, Italy

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Venice may have gorgeous architecture and beautiful scenery, but the crowded streets, suspicious vendors, and street scammers can make the visit less than ideal. One traveler shares, “Everything was at least twice as expensive as other lovely but more low-profile places” they saw in Italy. To each their own.

10. Tunisia, Northern Africa

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Like Jamaica, Tunisia has lovely holiday resorts, but leaving the resort isn’t advised. Tourists are often harassed by street vendors or dragged into shops by hagglers trying to get them to buy their products.  

11. Miami, Florida, USA


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If you love warm, tropical places, then Miami is the place for you. However, many visitors can’t handle how humid and muggy it is. One person who lived in Miami for ten years said, “The humidity is so bad that you never really fully dry off.”

12. Branson, Missouri, USA

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Although many mid-western families spend their vacations in Branson, travelers say there’s little to do in the city and find it rather “dull.”

13. Albania

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The alluring idea of an Albanian beach holiday has enticed many travelers. Unfortunately, they often return less than impressed from their getaway, saying there’s trash everywhere no matter where you look. The beach bars and restaurants compete for who can play the loudest music, and scammers often target tourists on the streets.

14. Jordan

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Although it is a beautiful country with lots of history and ancient ruins, female travelers share the way people in Jordan treat women is “somewhere between repugnant and horrifying.”

15. Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic is supposed to be a “once in a lifetime trip to the Caribbean,” but for many travelers, it’s their last trip to the Caribbean as they find the trash sprawled across the streets off-putting. Travelers are also warned about criminals if they decide to leave their resorts.

15 Cities an American Can Live Comfortably for $2500 USD/Monthly in Europe

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When you think of the great European cities, Prague, Paris, Vienna, and Munich might be among the names that come to mind. But, as phenomenal as the European cities with the highest appeal are, they may be better vacation spots than homes if you’re looking to live on $2,500 per month or less.

We have uncovered 15 culturally vibrant, modern, and reasonably priced European cities that you could call home (if only for a month) on an average salary.

15 Cities an American Can Live Comfortably for $2500 USD/Monthly in Europe

The Grass is Greener: 14 Things Other Countries Get To Do That Americans Do Not

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Freedom and limitless opportunities are advantages of living in the United States. Unfortunately, not all countries have access to these benefits. However, some populations worldwide have amenities that Americans do not have. Here’s what members of an online message board characterize America as lacking.

The Grass is Greener: 14 Things Other Countries Get To Do That Americans Do Not

10 Ugliest Cities in Europe According to the Europeans Who Live There

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I’ll preface this article by saying that everyone’s priorities are different when choosing a place to live or visit. Inquisitive about the world, someone asked a popular online travel forum for examples of the “ugliest cities” in each reader’s European country. If you’re curious yourself, here are the top-voted answers based on personal opinions from travelers and locals.

10 Ugliest Cities in Europe According to the Europeans Who Live There

20 Most Dangerous Countries in the World Americans Should Avoid in 2023

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Wanderlust may take you all over the world, but some countries are too dangerous to visit, and knowing which are best avoided in 2023 could keep you safe.

Let’s take a closer look at a list of the most dangerous countries in the world based on data from the World Population Review.

20 Most Dangerous Countries in the World Americans Should Avoid in 2023

15 Countries That Serve up the BEST Street Food Experiences

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There’s something about the vibrance of street food, the richness in flavor, and the rawness of surrounding cultural scenes. Not only is street food more affordable for travelers, but it grants a more authentic experience since this is where natives also gather and convene.

With that said, here are 15 countries serving up the best street food experiences, as voted on by an online foodie forum.

15 Countries That Serve up the BEST Street Food Experiences

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Jordy Johnson

Jordy gave up her home base to travel South Africa and experience more of her country. From that decision, she’s landed work as a travel writer for a magazine that showcases southern Africa and has grown her Instagram travel page, WeTheWests. She enjoys showing locals and foreigners all the beautiful and unique places and experiences South Africa and the rest of the world have to offer.

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