Excluding those countries and places that would pose an immediate threat to my safety, there are some destinations I simply wouldn’t want to visit. Travel is entirely subjective, so what is one person’s lack of interest can be another’s immense interest. Please keep that in mind as you read through my list. In no particular order, here are five places I don’t care to visit:
Jamaica-I certainly can’t dispute its natural beauty, but its some of the country’s dynamics that turn me off from ever wanting to visit. I’m not a fan of all inclusive resorts. When I travel, especially to foreign countries, I like to see and experience things, not remain immersed behind my hotel’s compound like walls, imbibing round the clock (unlimited alcohol is usually one of the features of all inclusive resorts). In Jamaica, all inclusive resorts are the main type of accommodation, since the tourist industry was not exactly developed with the independent traveler in mind and certain areas of the country are not very safe.
Los Angeles-I’ve only been to California once and that was decades ago, but I have no desire to spend time in Los Angeles. Between the traffic, the smog, and the sprawl, it just doesn’t come across as a very desirable place to visit. Plus, while I enjoy movies, I am not fixated on celebrity sightings, or seeing some person’s hand prints in cement. There are a lot of areas in California I would love to visit, but Los Angeles is just not one of them.
Liechtenstein-Having the world’s lowest external debt and the second highest gross domestic product in the world are certainly admirable things, but not enough reason to make me want to visit the tiny, central European landlocked country. I’m sure the scenery is gorgeous, but equally impressive Alps views could probably be had in Austria, Germany, or Switzerland, three countries with a bit more “happening.”
Paraguay-I’m a staunch advocate for travel to Latin America and yet Paraguay is one destination I am indifferent to visiting. Although the ruins of the Jesuit missions certainly sound and look incredible, air travel to Paraguay would be extremely expensive (as it is for all of South America), so I would rather spend my money traveling to countries like Brazil, Peru, and Chile.
United Arab Emirates-Although the myriad of shopping opportunities, incredible nightlife, and architectural wonders that are hotels seem incredible, is it reason enough to travel to the Middle East when the same experiences could be had closer to home? I’ve never been to the Middle East, so I would want my first visit to include experiences such as seeing the Egyptian pyramids or swimming in the Dead Sea, not shopping for Valentino footwear.