“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act.” – Dr. Seuss
It’s an unspoken, and not always followed rule, in the travel blogging community to write about travel experiences in a positive light. To enlighten each other about the culture, food, photography, hotels, ext of a new place is the goal. Yet today, I want to give space to those places I have been, that just didn’t do it for me. I am sure others will disagree with this list, and have great memories to share that were created in these cities. Yet for me, I will likely pass next time someone suggests a travel spot.
I’ll start with cities in the USA:
- Las Vegas, NV
I’ve been to Vegas a few times, in 2013 for a friends 21st birthday and again in 2016 for my brother’s wedding. My second trip to Vegas did come close to redeeming the city for me, buuuuuutttt, it’s still on my not-so-impressed city list. My 2013 trip, a friends 21st birthday, sounds like a great idea expect that it was 104 degrees the whole time (no exaggeration), we had a group of 10 people who couldn’t agree on what to do or how much money to spend, and I was the oldest in the bunch. I also got food poisoning right before the flight back to KC… nothing quiet as terrible as throwing up on an airplane. My second trip to Vegas, also included me throwing up on public transportation- a bus this time however, because my blood sugars crashed. Advice to self for the next socailly required trip to Vegas: Go hiking in the red rocks, avoid throwing up.
*In Nevada, only 31% of adults with mental health issues receive treatment*
2. Brason, MO
Branson is probably not a place that anyone reading this blog has ever thought to travel too but just in case you’re thinking about it, don’t. Branson is the town that gives Missouri the phrase “The Show-Me State.” It is basically, the mid-west and mid-western version of Las Vegas. Filled with live shows, music, and bars. It’s most known for its park, Silver Dollar City. My parent’s own time share in Branson, so to say I have spent a decent amount of time here would be an understatement. These trips are often dripping in family drama and unsettled arguments. It’s not a bad spot to get away and isolate for a long-weekend if you live near by. But don’t go out of your way. It’s only saves for me are a) table rock lake, located just north of the city and b) the fish hatchery.
*Relaxation reduces stress and the symptoms of mental health conditions like depression,anxiety and schizophrenia.*
3. Seattle, WA
My so-so experience in Seattle probably has more to do with my preset expectations of the city than my actual experience. Overall my time in Seattle was not plagued with family drama, vomit, or robbery but there were not highlight moments like one expects from such an overly talked about and evaluated city. A must-do: The sculpture garden and space needle (duh). If I must go back, I plan to make a hike part of the experience. Less time City, More time Mountains always makes travel better. Spokane was a much better representation of Washington for me.
*A large number of studies in the past few decades support a link between creativity and mental illnesses. Read more here *
4. Paris, France
I feel as though Paris is a rather polarizing city when it comes to the “like/dislike” conversation. I have sucumbed to the fact that I must give Paris another chance since my experience was only a day long. I saw that Eiffel tower, Notre Dam, ate good food, went shopping, and had a group try to pick pocket me. It was a truly awful experience that makes me never want to go back: A group of teens/young adults surrounded me with clipboards held around my face, banging and screaming to distract me, so they could get my phone. Luckly, I knew what was going on, and got my phone back. But I now have, a very small desire, to ever return. Seeing the Louvre is the only reason I would go back.
*French people are the most likely to suffer from a “major depressive episode” in their lifetimes (article)*
Other places that could also make this list: Cancun MX and Vancouver CN. What are places you have been less than impressed with during your travels?