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People Around the World On the Country They'll Never Visit Again

China

China

When it comes to Westerners, you might expect most people's complaints about China to revolve around the communist government or their heavy surveillance of citizens and visitors 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." 

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Jamaica

Jamaica

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. 

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Haiti

Haiti

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." 

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Venezuela

Venezuela

"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." 

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Dubai

Dubai

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'." 

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Belgium

Belgium

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." 

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Vietnam

Vietnam

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 visitors 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."

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France

France

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 :)" 

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Guatemala

Guatemala

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." 

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Egypt

Egypt

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."

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Romania

Romania

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! 

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is not a place that's high on many tourists lists, so it shouldn't be surprising that it's not the easiest or most traditional country to visit.

However, one Reddit user found themselves there and despite liking the people and food, vowed to never go back because of a lack of safety. 

"The infrastructure is so f*cking bad. It's falling apart and feels dangerous[...]It was the first poor country I've been to where I didn't feel like their situation was improving. It's dirty, and not in a charming, rough-around-the-edges way. Basic sanitation felt close to non-existent. It's hard-going. Buses were painfully uncomfortable. F*cking buses will bump each other driving around the city and just keep going."

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Paraguay

Paraguay

Sometimes there's nothing actively terrible with a place, but it still gives you a weird vibe. That's exactly what happened to this Reddit user when they visited Paraguay.

Despite their complaints about the locale being vague, they vowed never to return. It seems like you can't please everyone! 

"I visited Ciudad del Este, or the city where Brazilians go to buy cheap stuff. It was ugly, overcrowded, and a bit creepy. I don't see any reason to go back there or to any other place in the country. I'm sure there are nice spots to visit (mostly because of the natural features), but then again, other South American countries also offer a lot to see."

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Finland

Finland

If you don't mind the cold, Finland can be a fun and educational 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? 

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Ecuador

Ecuador

Tourists don't always get a warm welcome from citizens, and that's exactly what happened to this Reddit user when they visited Ecuador.

While they might not have liked the reception they received in that country, they did have really nice things to say about the people of Colombia. Looks like Ecuador has some competition! 

"Ecuador. There is nothing wrong with the country, but I just didn't feel the same warmth from the people as I felt in Colombia. Maybe because Ecuador has been dealing with tourists longer and they just don't get surprised anymore."

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New Caledonia

New Caledonia

New Caledonia is an archipelago of islands off of the east coast of Australia.

Despite its tropical locale, it doesn't seem like it's an island paradise for tourists.

This particular Reddit user felt like they didn't get the reception they wanted from New Caledonia's citizens. The weather might be sunny, but the people are apparently chilly! 

"New Caledonia. It saddens me cause it was such a beautiful country, but I don't wanna go back just because it was full of rude people who do not like tourists."

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria

The next Reddit user felt anything but safe when they visited the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

If their account is to be believed, it seems like no one is able to make it out without some sort of trouble! It was enough to make them vow to never return again. 

"Bulgaria, specifically Plovdiv. Went there for a sporting event. It had the bones of a nice place with its history but by god, we (and others) had a terrible time. Seemed every nation competing had some form of incident be it muggings, food poisoning, police harassment, the works. From speaking to other athletes everyone was glad to be on the plane home asap."

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Portugal

Portugal

This Reddit user has nothing but good things to say about Portugal--as long as you can withstand the fearsome wildlife lurking there.

You might not be torn limb from limb on your Portuguese vacation, but the local critters will gross you out! And that's a fate worse than death and more than enough reason to never return. 

"Southern Portugal. Beautiful country and no issues at all aside from it being infested with giant cockroaches. They were literally everywhere all the time, I just can't deal with that." 

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The Bahamas

The Bahamas

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."

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Hungary

Hungary

During this Reddit user's trip to Hungary, they paid handsomely for the privilege of being abused by the locals. Or at least that's how they remember it.

We can absolutely believe that Budapest was incredibly pricey, but we have a hard time believing that all Hungarians are hostile to outsiders. 

"For me, maybe Hungary. I don't think I've been to a place where the locals are so rude before. things there aren't really that cheap either, especially in Budapest. Budapest is a cool city, but the locals aren't exactly nice and they can be very hostile."

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Croatia

Croatia

We've heard plenty of people describe Disney World as being too artificial, but we never thought we'd hear someone say the same thing about Croatia!

This Reddit user was less than pleased to find themselves surrounded by tourist traps when they paid a visit to the country. 

"Croatia. Well, I might go again, but there are other countries I'd prefer to visit ahead of it. It just felt very.... artificial? As if there was nothing there but really touristy places...

"Diocletian's Palace was a glorified flea market, Dubrovnik was way too overcrowded, and any site worth seeing felt very commercialized. It was in no way terrible, the people were lovely but it just felt anti-climatic."

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United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Some of these complaints about countries raise some eyebrows and we doubt that things are as bad as people are saying.

However, this Reddit user hits the nail on the head when they describe the bad feelings they felt when visiting the United Arab Emirates. It really is kind of a bleak place if you do your research. 

"The UAE. Dubai is just a soulless city. Went there to visit family and drove out of the city to get to their ex-pat community and drove past places where the Indian migrant workers live in squalor while building extravagant skyscrapers. I found it depressing."

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Bali

Bali

Bali seems like it would be a dream destination, and this Reddit user agrees. They had nothing but good things to say about the place itself.

Their complaints had nothing to do with the island and everything to do with the obnoxious tourists there ruining the beautiful experience for everyone around them. 

"The island itself is absolutely beautiful but the masses of "influencers" just made it one of the worst experiences I ever had...

"There was not a single second of serenity there, everywhere I went (even the remote parts) some idiots with selfie-sticks were blogging about their life-changing experience in Bali instead of just shutting up for a second and let people enjoy the peace of the moment."

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Panama

Panama

This Reddit user didn't mince words when they detailed all the bad things that will keep them from returning to Panama. This review might be harsh, but we have to admit it's kinda funny, too.

You might think Las Vegas is bad, but that's just because you haven't been to Panama yet! 

"Panama's capital is a sh*t hole. GPS didn't work. Most of the city is just cinderblocks and sheet metal, no city planning at all. I got lost for 3 hours just trying to go north. I had to pay a taxi driver to lead me out of town it was so confusing...

"We stopped at a restaurant, ordered chicken and the chicken still had feathers on it on my plate. The "nice" part of Panama is like a poor man's version of the sh*tty part of Vegas. Imagine some guy having a layover in Freemont Street hotel in Vegas for 2 hours then going back home and trying to replicate that."

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Italy

Italy

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! 

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Moldova

Moldova

There's no better part of a vacation than getting to taste the delicious local cuisine. This Reddit user had nothing but good things to say about the Moldovan delicacies they tried, but even good food isn't enough to keep them coming back.

They make it seem like sweets are the only thing that Moldova has going for it. 

"Moldova. It’s the poorest country in Eastern Europe , with not much going on. But it had the best chocolate wafers ever.... however that isn’t worth it to revisit a country when there are so many more interesting ones."

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India

India

For this Reddit user, their trip got a little too up close and personal with the local citizens in more ways than one.

India may be a place of rich culture and historical significance, but this user is not the first person to point out the dire bathroom hygiene problems going on in the country. 

"I've got two words for you. Hygiene and Smell. Both were horrible. I got sick, wife got sick, crew got sick, everyone got sick and there was a kid taking a dump nearby the main entrance of the Hilton. There were also quite a few people casually taking a leak or having a poo by the street, completely oblivious...

"Also, personal space and respect for women. Things like that don't exist in India. Walking down the street and people are crowding around my wife as though they've never seen a blonde-haired woman before."

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Monaco

Monaco

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. 

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Zanzibar

Zanzibar

This Reddit user's bad review of Zanzibar is definitely the weirdest list of complaints on this list.

I guess if you have any plans on visiting in the future, don't forget to leave your favorite hat and home and bring along a fresh harmonica for the local children. 

"Zanzibar. Confusing, filthy, smelly, and depressing. Had a starved little 3-5 yr old boy follow us around playing a rusty harmonica. Completely depressing. Also, a maid at the hotel stole my favorite hat. Never again."

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USA

USA

As red-blooded Americans, we all obviously know the USA is the greatest place on earth, but even the most patriotic among us also know what a nightmare trying to get into the country can be.

Even if you're an American returning from abroad, it basically takes an act of God to get through customs and back on US soil.

This Reddit user wasn't amused at the hoops they had to jump through to visit here. 

"Probably the U.S. as well... don't get me wrong, I have been there two times and it was a quite nice stay every time, but at this point, I think it's just not worth the hustle with border control, visa, anymore... Tbh there are far more interesting countries which seem actually interested in having you as a tourist."

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