Every year the NYT puts out their 52 Places to Go. The last two years, TPOL has been ahead of the curve going to their top suggestions including Mexico City and Cape Town before the tourists get there and ruin the party. In the spirit of being hopeful in 2016, I thought I’d provide a list of 7 places you shouldn’t visit this year.
7. Bocas del Toro, Panama
It’s a surfer’s paradise with beautiful beaches. So why shouldn’t you visit Bocas? Because there are only a few ways to get to Bocas from Panama City. The first is the recommended approach, a quick flight which is seldom available during peak season. The other is a hell bus that takes 10 hours and will leave you sore, angry, and disappointed if you arrive only to find days of rain.
Looking for a Vegas party? Do not go to Macau if this is the case. The SAR of China has the world’s biggest casino where Chinese millionaires drop tens of thousands of dollars without showing any emotion. The casinos are eerily quiet and the nightlife consists of brothels posing as night clubs.
5. Phuket, Thailand
Perhaps one of the most disgusting places on earth is Phuket. Here, like Bangkok, you will find a town riddled with LBHs (losers back home) who make the journey to Asia to pay a young girl for her company during their stay. TPOL is a staunch advocate against sex tourism.
Are you looking for overpriced burgers, lousy service, and to pay $500 for a seaplane? Head to the Maldives were your bungalow room will be the only refuge from the hungry wolves looking to take you for every penny.
3. Lake Angelus, Michigan
Perhaps you don’t like your job. Perhaps you are looking to make a change. One place you should not consider regardless of the salary is Lake Angelus, Michigan which is notorious for sucking in employees with a decent starting salary only to have them continue to work there years later with no significant raise. The powerful force of Lake Angelus is too much to even combat TPOL’s top-rated book for getting out of the cubicle.
2. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Perhaps you think the luxuries of the US are boring. Perhaps you are looking to work in an emerging market. Do not be fooled by thinking that Mongolia is that place especially if you join the wrong firm. Mongolia may be a great place to visit but it is not a great place to work.
1. Luxor, Egypt