The Sydney Morning Herald has run a clever blog article called Things Not To Try Before You Die (found via Vagabondish) about disappointing travel experiences or destinations the writer recommends we skip.
What’s just as interesting is the article has elicited many replies from people with their own ‘don’t go’ tips. The commenters suggest we avoid:
- Heathrow and Gatwick Airports
- Renting a buggy in Brazil
- Visiting Africa
- Wearing bling in Saigon
- Flying in the US unless you have to
- Dodgy public toilets
- Food poisoning in awkward places
- Dunedin, New Zealand
- ..and many more. Read the whole article.
The question is, how much do you take other people’s tips into account? I’ve visited places based on recommendations and been disappointed (eg. I was a little underwhelmed by Montreal, which is pretty, but so are other places).
The fact is, such advice can be a godsend or it could prevent you from having an amazing experience because you didn’t find out for yourself. If I really wanted to see a place, my excitement may be curbed a little by a bad review but I wouldn’t let it stop me.
What about you?