World’s Bests and Worsts

(Cartagena, Colombia photo credit: szeke)

Since I’m a travel writer and my job is to travel, I often get askedwhat my favorite places are…what are the worsts and the bests. Well, like anything, travel is highly subjective. What may be a life-changing experience for one tourist can be a complete bore for another. Nonetheless, after backpacking through some many countries and to many of the world’s most amazing places, I decided to take a shot and make a list of my global picks and pans.


Way to spend an afternoon — lazing on an inner tube downriver in Vang Vieng, Laos

Animal encounter — gorilla-trekking in Uganda

Breakfast — feta, olives, cucumber and bread in Turkey

City that never sleeps — Cairo

Country for safety — Japan

Skyline by night — Hong Kong

Snack — mufalletta in New Orleans

Natural wonder — Victoria Falls, Zambia

Old city — Cartagena, Colombia

Off-the-beaten-track spot in Eastern Europe — Croatia

Overall city — New York City

Place for cheap knockoffs — Beijing

Place to drink absinthe — Prague

Place to fall in love — Zanzibar, Tanzania

Place to feel spiritual — Rishikesh, India

Place to ride in an air balloon — Cappadocia, Turkey

Road trip — Australia’s east coast from Sydney to Brisbane.

Roman ruins — Jerash, Jordan

Safari — Serengeti, Tanzania

Surprisingly cool spot — Lithuania

Underwater viewing — swimming with whale sharks and manta rays off the coast of Mozambique

Jerash, Jordan. (photo credit: Jose Javier Martin Espartosa





Accommodations — the wooden slabs at a former prison turned “hotel” in Latvia

City for altitude sickness — La Paz, Bolivia

City for excess — Vegas (this could also fall under the ‘best’ category)

City for pedestrians — Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Cosmopolitan city for trying to get by in English — Beijing

Place for budget travel — Greenland (you have to fly everywhere to get around)

Snack — sparrow embryos, scorpions and silkworm kabobs in China

Smelly food — Durian fruit

Toilets — the outhouses along the Machu Picchu trail

Unsafe-feeling city — Johannesburg

Urban poverty — Delhi, India

What are your “bests” and “worsts?” Share your faves with your fellow travel junkies by posting in the comments section below.

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#1 Kaity c on 07.05.14 at 5:33 pm

Best food-Vietnam and Peru!
Best outdoor adventures- New Zealand
Worst place to stay- some of the hostels in koh phi phi, Thailand. Some of them should have been condemned!

#2 Frank Thomae on 08.26.14 at 2:02 pm

Hi Julia – I know you from Word Travels!

Agree with you on many of the above; love Cartagena, Victoria Falls IS the most impressive natural wonder I've ever seen (lived in Zambia a few years). And agree with you on HK's skyline.

Most unsafe-feeling city for us; Rio. Everyone 'loves' Rio – we didn't. Found people very unfriendly:…. New category for you; most over-rated travel destination. Our vote goes to Costa Rica.
Nice site!
Frank (bbqboy)

#3 Edgar Powell on 11.04.14 at 11:00 am

Good work of listing the good and bad place in world but the thoughts might differ from person to person..

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