I’m part of this awesome Facebook group called “Girls LOVE Travel”, where 21K girls share their travel stories, tips, and tricks. Recently, there was a post about asking for countries that are NOT on your travel bucket list for whatever reason. I thought it was interesting, because as someone with a serious case of wanderlust, I really don’t think any place is completely off-limits for me.What started as a friendly discussion as somehow turned into 200 comments (some racist and ignorant), and the tone has completely changed. The thread got pretty ugly very quickly. Here are a snippet of some of the comments…
“Weirdly one of the countries I’m most scared of is USA (I’m french). The gun thing is freaking me out.”
“China. Not a fan of countries that don’t generally value life.”
“Texas – I’m sure my view is narrow and I’m uneducated on the matter, but I just have this image of miserably high humidity, unhealthy food, and close-minded people. Again, I’m sure there’s much more to it, probably some dry areas, and open-minded people, but I’m not too keen on going out of my way to find out the truth! Way to be close-minded of me”
“I also wouldn’t discount anywhere completely…but for now Israel, India, really the rest of the Middle East except maybe Dubai and Petra, and countries ending in “Stan” I’m not interested in…at least not until I see other places first!”
“I don’t want to go anywhere I’d have to get vaccinations first. I’m so not afraid of pain or needles but I just don’t want to get Alzheimer’s!”
I’m curious about your picks. Is there anywhere in the world where you have absolutely no desire to see? What do you think influences your decision? For me, it’s amazing how much the media creates fear for others around the world (example: the USA “gun epidemic”).
The comments are open…