You must have heard that there are many greatest places to visit across the globe but have you ever heard about the worst places in the world to travel? Of course, we all know where are the world’s best beaches, where to have fun, and where to do amazing parties.
But what we don’t know is the worst places. We know that traveling is the most enriching experience but all places are not worth seeing. No matter whether you are traveling alone, or with family or friends, it’s always important to get every detail and do your research about the travel destination.
Here are the top 20 worst places in the world to travel:
1. Saigon, Vietnam
Saigon is a city located in Vietnam which is also one of the worst places to travel in the world. There is no charm in this city. You just have to suffer different types of difficulties such as pocket pitting, robberies, street crimes, and drug dealing.
You cannot travel at night to explore the culture, delicious cuisine, and nightlife. Furthermore, if you are a sensitive person, you might not bear the environment of this city due to the bad air, pollution, and motorbike congestion.
2. Pyongyang, North Korea
If you are looking for the worst places in the world to travel, then mark North Korea at the top of the list. The most interesting and worst thing is, it cost $1000 to visit this country with a lot of restrictions, propaganda, and different types of rules and regulations.
The common issues you might face or experience are an abuse of power, human rights issues, blatant lies, and many other things. The money you pay to travel to this country will benefit some of the most corrupt leads in the world. So, say no to this country if you are planning to.
3. Temple Bar, Ireland
For those who don’t know about Temple Bar, this is a grotesque area located in central Dublin and is famous for its higher concentration of American tourists. The bad environment and location make this place worst for tourists.
The only thing that makes this place popular is vomiting after drinking. Otherwise, if you are a person who loves adventures, natural attractions, and beautiful places, then this place is one of the worst places in the world to travel.
4. Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi is a beautiful place to travel filled with tropical islands and offers you many breathtaking scenes. But the only thing that makes this place worst is battling in finding a taxi, and the bad environment. If you are in a hurry and don’t have a car or bike, you have to wait for hours to get a taxi and go to your destination. Furthermore, the resorts, hotels, and rooms are not too good and are filled with sand and mud.
5. Paris, France
This might be shocking for you but yes Paris is also considered as one of the worst places in the world to travel. We know that the architecture is amazing but the whole city was surrounded by dirt and trash.
Another thing that is shocking is the old-fashioned systems that were used in the old centuries and wars. You will notice that there is still ethnic and social segregation that is putting many people in danger. There is no freedom of wearing signs of religion which makes a lot of people uncomfortable.
6. Pisa, Italy
Pisa is a small city located in Italy. The only thing that makes this city one of the worst places is its accommodation. For example, if you are traveling with your family, you might suffer more in terms of hotels.
Because there is no good facility of restaurants, the atmosphere is also on average. The tourist attractions are also crowded by tourists and you won’t be able to enjoy them to your fullest.
Another thing that makes this place avoidable is the stones and boulders on the beach that looks ugly.
7. Mandalay, Myanmar
A dirty city, crowded by traffic, and people constantly convince you to buy things from them. Mandalay is a city with no traffic rules, dirt, and scams. The most common scam that people do with tourists is the taxi scam.
Taxi drivers charge extra fares and make you hostage until you pay them their desired amount. This city is also famous for homosexuality which makes it worse especially for families and solo women.
8. Cairo, Egypt
Egypt is a dream destination for many travelers because of its great pyramids, historical places, museums, the enigmatic sphinx, and many other places. But the things that make this place worse are the hot weather, the nonprofessional behavior of the staff, and the high pricing.
Despite all these things you are not allowed to visit pyramids from the inside.
9. Bromo, Indonesia
Bromo will definitely blow your mind and if you want to experience both the worst and best places in the world, plan a tour of Bromo.
It is located in Indonesia. Bromo offers you stunning views and all the amazing landscapes welcome you. However, the worst thing about this place is the high risk of health due to bad weather conditions, no room availability, and high pricing.
10. Bratislava, Slovakia
If you haven’t visited any boring places, then Bratislava is one of the most boring and worst places in the world to travel. The people aren’t friendly, everyone behaves proudly and rudely. There is no proper place to stay.
The hotels are muddy and dusty. However, the only thing which is good and incredible was amazing food. So, if you are foody and love to eat food, then you can plan a tour to Bratislava in Slovakia.
11. Flores, Indonesia
This is the fact that Flores is the hidden gem of Indonesia, but there are still many attractions that are not recommended for tourists.
There are some areas that offer you a wonderful landscape, mountainous views, amazing reefs for snorkeling, and many more things. But when you travel to the lower area of this place, the city is filled with dirt, dust, and old useless things. Moreover, when you visit the beach, you will experience wrappers, dirt, and full of plastic.
12. Potosi, Bolivia
The amazing fact that attract many tourists to Potosi is this city is one of the highest cities across the globe in Bolivia. The height of this city is around 4090 meters. Due to this height, and unorganized infrastructure, this city is very dusty, dirty, and surrounded by flood.
Do not visit if you have any phobia related to height such as claustrophobia or agro phobia. This place is worst because you have to suffer from dust, dirt, and collapsed tunnels and you have to crawl from those tunnels to reach the destination.
13. Coron, Philippines
Usually, the Philippines is considered one of the best countries to visit all over the world, but Coron is a city located in the Philippines. It wouldn’t be wrong if we say that Coron is one of the worst places in the world to travel because of dog foaming and jellyfish-ridden water. You will always be ripped off, whenever you leave our hotel and go to any other place due to dirt on the roads.
14. Naples, Italy
Naples is a small city located in Italy which is filled with garbage and the worst place to travel all over the world. The people are not friendly and the hospitality of this specific city is not too good.
Safety concerns are very real in this area of Italy because people are very aggressive. If you are planning to travel to this area of Italy, be active and try not to travel alone, especially at night.
It is common in Naples that some anonymous person will come, scratch your car and make you feel unsafe.
15. Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Malabo is an area of poor people and is located in Africa. A corrupt government is governing this country and there is no infrastructure, roads, hospitals, or any other facilities. You have to arrange everything on your own after reaching your destination.
There are no tourist departments, once you reached there, no one will be there to assist you, to help and to guide you. you can get local or Chinese food there. Its corrupt government makes it one of the worst places in the world to travel because of poor governing, no tourism infrastructure, dirt, and dust.
16. Cunnamulla, Australia
We all know that Australia is a country of beauty, wonderful beaches, attractive scenery, amazing landscape, and breathtaking views. However, there are certain places to avoid due to social issues in the community.
Cunnamulla is a small town located in Australia that is considered the worst place. Due to the dark history of this country, and the colonial era, this specific community was getting kidnapped, tortured, and driven into specific locations. Due to these certain reasons, this specific area is a go area for tourists.
17. Acapulco, Mexico
Acapulco is a city located in Mexico and was considered the safest city in the world. This place was also famous for its luxurious restaurants and resorts. But it’s been 2 to 3 years, and the crimes are increasing day by day.
The drug-related dealings, gang violence, murders, robberies, and kidnapping have started in this city. After all these incidents, this city became one of the worst places in the world to travel. According to a recent study, this city has the highest murder all over the world.
18. Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul is a city located in Afghanistan that is considered one of the most dangerous places to visit all over the world. Although US troops have exited this country this city is still in a state of war.
The worst place to visit all over the world because of terrorism, bombings, and terrorist attacks. According to the Global Peace Index, Afghanistan is the worst country to travel in 2019.
19. Guatemala City, Guatemala
Although, there are many tourist attractions in Guatemala the Central American Nation in the Caribbean. But this city is also considered one of the worst places in the world to travel because of crimes, robberies, snatching, drug-related violence, and arms trafficking.
The murder rate is also high in this city which put fear in the public. But if you are still planning to visit Guatemala, it’s advisable to stay in the safer regions to avoid these scams and crimes.
20. Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas is a city located in Venezuela. This city is considered one of the most dangerous cities all over the world. The crime rate is increasing day by day due to poor political and environmental involvement.
Residents are facing street crimes such as epidemic violence, kidnapping, muggings, robbery, and many other crimes. These crimes are making this place the worst destination for tourists.
According to some reports, many other cities also have high crime rates which means it is very dangerous for you to travel solo in these places.
I hope you got the answer to the worst places in the world to travel. The above-mentioned are the worst places you need to avoid because of high crime rates, poor infrastructure, robberies, kidnapping, snatching, and many other crimes.
Another major reason these places are considered worst is the dirt, dust and garbage, no tourism infrastructure and high pricing.
Ferona Jose is a passionate travel writer and blogger at Travelistia. She has traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Her writing focuses on cheap travel destinations, travel experiences, cultural insights, and travel hacks.