“Whenever we’d tell our family and friends about our urge to travel to parts unknown, someone would invariably tell us, ‘You just think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.’ That always made us pause and reflect on the honest reasons for our journeys. It took us many years and many miles to figure out that saying had nothing to do with marijuana.”
–Mark Bloom & Jason Scholder (2009)
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.
20 December 2009
Quote of the Month
We’re not your typical drug-addled Americans. In fact, we hardly ever do drugs, not anymore anyway. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t dabble back in the day. And really, the drug culture is everywhere you look in the United States, so it’s kind of difficult to ignore. Sometimes, you just have to roll with it. Which is what we hope you do for this month’s quote.