Egypt may be home to some of the most impressive and important artifacts of human history, but, for some visitors, the negatives of the country outweigh any of the positives. It turns out that there's more to the country than just pyramids and mummies, and apparently a lot of it isn't that great.
According to this Reddit user, they had lots of indications that maybe Egypt wasn't the safest place to be--"Turrets on street corners, Tanks, Soldiers with automatic weapons everywhere. We had an armed police officer on the tour bus [...], a police escort everywhere, bomb dogs and a guy with a mirror looking under the bus for bombs."
The island paradise of Jamaica sees tons of visitors every year, and most of them have a good time. However, there is one recurring complaint you'll see crop up a lot when it comes to Jamaica--its lack of safety for people and their possessions. It's best to stay alert when you're there!
This Reddit user had no problem coming up with an answer for the country they would never visit again--"Jamaica…got mugged within the first 5 minutes I kid you not!" That's not exactly a great way to start your vacation, and we can see why they would never want to go back.
There aren't many countries on earth that have had more of a bum deal than Haiti. In addition to lots of civil unrest, the country has also experienced two devastating earthquakes in the span of a decade--one in 2010 and a more recent one in 2021. It may look like an idyllic place, but it's apparently not great to visit.
One Reddit user cited all of these problems and more as to why they would not want to go back, despite the good impression the people of Haiti left on them--"Anything a country would need to get a leg up is just nonexistent. I'm a pretty positive person, and met the loveliest people there, but I've never been more depressed or pessimistic about a places' future."
"Political stability" is not something that immediately pops into your head when you think of Venezuela, and that's definitely had an impact on its reputation around the world. Like many of the places on this list, it's a beautiful country but just not safe enough to visit right now.
One Reddit user said he visited family in Venezuela when he was a child, but he's got no plans on returning--"I visited my extended family there (near Caracas) as a young child and had an amazing time, but things there have REALLY gone south since then. Pretty much all my family members that were there have left for obvious reasons."
Tourism is a vital part of the Emirate of Dubai's economy, and they do everything they can in the country to make sure that visitors enjoy their stays and want to return for more. However, some people have pointed out that they might be taking things too far to make the country fun and familiar for foreigners.
One Reddit user visited Dubai, but they said it felt like they had never left the United States--"While interesting, it's really just a total ripoff of western culture. I flew 12 hours from NYC only to be surrounded by cheesecake factory, Wendy's, California pizza kitchen, etc. No real 'culture'."
There's more to Belgium than just Belgian Waffles--although that in itself is reason enough to hop a plane and visit this unique European country! It might not be a big place, but it's packed full of history, culture, and food that keeps people coming back for more of the Belgian experience.
However, if you're visiting, be prepared to pay up handsomely! This Reddit user thought Belgium was great, but it just wasn't worth the cost--"Belgium, but only because it’s expensive. I would like to visit it again but that will only happen if I have several thousand dollars to burn."
The Bahamas are a major tourist destination in the Caribbean, and much of the country's economy depends on enticing people to visit. But it turns out that not everyone on this island paradise is thrilled to have their country overrun by tourists--or at least that's the impression this Reddit user got when they visited.
"I really did not like the Bahamas. Beautiful place, but the vibe I got from the locals was very much 'if it weren't for your tourist dollars we'd rather you weren't here at all.' Everybody had their hand out for a tip. Everybody was working an angle. Everybody looked like they hated to have to deal with tourists."
When it comes to Westerners, you might expect most people's complaints about China to revolve around communist government or their heavy surveillance of citizens and vistors alike. However, this Reddit user had quite a unique complaint about this massive country--it all just seemed kind of run down to them.
"Mainland China. I really enjoyed Hong Kong, but I just can't go back to a country with such erratic maintenance of aircraft, cabs that will kill me, and from restaurants to international airports toilets that are essentially a porcelain hole in the ground.... Sorry for the pessimism."
The citizens of some countries don't care much for tourists. They might be glad to take their money, but they would really prefer if these vistors weren't there at all. But that's not the case in Vietnam! According to one Reddit user, trying to get some alone time in the country was a Herculean task.
"Vietnam. Wonderful food and had a blast, but god damn, you could not be left alone to save your life. Someone was always trying to sell you something. You could be sitting in front of a restaurant having a beer and 20 people would come up in a 30 minute period trying to hawk sh*t at you. Ridiculous."
Italy might be the birthplace of Western civilization, but not everyone is thrilled when they visit this boot-shaped country. The art is historic, the food is (more than) delicious, but it turns out you can't please everyone--including this Reddit user, who was less than thrilled about some of the cultural norms in the country.
"Italy. Their culture and norms are cool and all, they're just not my cup of tea. I like my personal space, and my quiet. Italy violated both of those much more severely than I can handle." I guess everyone isn't cut out to be an Italian!
The citizens of France don't have the best global reputation when it comes to friendliness. There are more than a few people who visit the country who feel like the natives aren't very thrilled about having to share their space with tourists. And that was definitely the case for this next Reddit user.
"Went there back in 2008 and got treated with pure disrespect everywhere I went. They really did not like tourists there and walking through the streets with my luggage I got nothing but death stares from people. I got nothing against the French but I think a one time visit was enough for me :)"
If you don't mind the cold, Finland can be a fun and education place to visit. Cruises to and from the country are very popular, or, if you'd rather stay on dry land, there is plenty of natural beauty to be discovered in Finland's forests and other ecosystems. However, don't expect a wild and crazy time if you visit!
This Reddit user was surprised about how low-key their visit to Finland was--"Finland. It's cold, the people are boring, nobody talks to anyone, and the only conversation everyone talks about is how much they hate Sweden." Who knew that their rivalry with Sweeden was so intense?
Monaco is a frequent getaway destination for the rich and famous. It's hard not to think about luxury when you think about this tiny city-state. It's a particularly great place to visit if you're looking to lose some money in a ritzy casino. However, not everyone thinks that the country is putting all that glitz and glamor to good use!
This particular Reddit user wasn't too impressed with the architecture in Monaco, and made no bones about it--"Monaco. I walked across the entire country. For such a rich place the buildings are super ugly. Although they do have outdoor escalators which is kinda neat." Thank God for the outdoor escalators.
Tourism makes up $1.8 billion of Guatemala's $145 billion GDP, so, needless to say, it's essential for the thriving of the country. However, safety issues in Guatemala can make visiting a tricky and potentially dangerous ordeal. For some, the risks to themselves outweigh the benefits of visiting again, like this next Reddit user:
"Visited on a cruise holiday. While ashore, we had to have an armed guard on our tour bus to make sure we didn't get mugged, shot or dragged off by gangs. It was terrifying, and it would take a hell of a lot to get me to go back."
If you're a Dracula superfan, don't worry--you'll have a great time visiting Romania. There's plenty of Transylvania-themed fun to be had in the country. However, if you ask this next Reddit user what they think of Romania, there's not much worth doing in the country aside from a little vampire hunting.
"Romania. Outside of my visit to Transylvania I found it to be the most boring country I have visited." There's nothing wrong with being boring, but it's definitely not the way you want people to describe you if you're trying to be a tourist hotspot!