“Avoid any place that has to advertise itself with highway billboards farther away than ten miles. If Wall Drug was that spectacular, for example, you’d think one billboard at the exit would suffice. And don’t even talk about South of the Border off Interstate 95 in South Carolina or The Thing off Interstate 10 in Arizona. Not if you know what’s good for you.”
–Mark Bloom & Jason Scholder (2007)
Don't Even Go There—Travel Writing for the Rest of Us
Even if the world is your oyster, you can still chip a tooth on its shell. While travel magazines feature exotic locales of breathtaking beauty, we expose sites so depressing that no traveler this side of Edgar Allan Poe would venture there without a tub-load of tranquilizers. Take Las Vegas (please) and the $5.99 all-you-can-eat buffet line at Sam’s Town. That's the world we explore at Don’t Even Go There.
On this site, we tell of places we’ve visited but wish we hadn’t. We reveal vacation plans gone awry and relate horror stories from the road best abandoned. These true stories reflect where we’ve chosen to go. We only have ourselves to blame. We rarely needed to exaggerate—the truth really is stranger than a Dan Brown novel.
Don’t Even Go There: travel tips for those of us who aren’t escorted by security guards, pampered by wealthy benefactors, or provided a generous per diem. This blog is for seasoned travelers and armchair tourists who want the real world first-hand and head-on, with all its drama, horror, and humor. You’ll laugh at us, cry with us, and decide to stay home more often.
24 January 2009
Quote of the Month
Here’s some advice you’ll instinctively know is valuable the moment you read it. It’s one of those things that deep down in your gut, you know it’s true. Maybe you lapsed once or twice, and that’s OK. Really. We’re only human. Now, read this and take it to heart this time. You’ll thank us later.