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.

17 April 2009

Quote of the Month

OK, first an admission. The following quote does not come from an actual experience. It’s based on an actual experience, however, and that ought to count for something. We here at Don’t Even Go There headquarters think the quote is funny, accurate, and real. And it’s all ours.

As our devoted readers know by now, we currently reside in the city of Asheville, North Carolina, which is just a mountaintop removal away from the subject of this month’s quote:

“While driving through West Virginia (the only way to see the state, by the way), you can see billboards that read: ‘If you don’t use coal to heat your house, our miners have died in vain.’ ”

–Mark Bloom & Jason Scholder (2007)

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