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.

28 August 2010

Travel Advice of the Month

We have traveled extensively throughout the United States, only missing those really unforgettable states such as Alaska, Nebraska, and Michigan for some reason. We've traveled through select parts of Europe and Australia, too. We’ve traveled by ship, plane, car, motorcycle, bicycle, and foot. While not all of our experiences have been pleasant, we cannot stress enough the importance of travel on the life of the traveler:
“Most people settle within 50 miles of their birthplace. Then they complain about it. If you don’t like your current hometown, for God's sake, move! Expand your universe. You can usually find work elsewhere, and traveling—as opposed to moving, especially if you’re relying on friends—feeds your hungry soul unlike anything this side of Spätzle (which we find strangely satisfying). The point is that eventually, you’re bound to find someplace you like well enough to stay. Or maybe you’ll just grow tired of moving. Then you can complain about it.”

–Mark Bloom & Jason Scholder (2010)

17 August 2010

Quote of the Month

We just returned from a trip to those northern states of grace: New Jersey and Massachusetts. But this quote isn’t about either of these two places.
“It occurred to us, as we traveled yet again through the excruciating traffic of the Pennsylvania highway system, that every single highway construction worker in the U.S. must migrate to this state for work. Take our word for it: they are always busy. Even if they are nowhere to be seen, their handiwork is plainly evident in the cement barriers, abandoned equipment, and flattened hardhats we see scattered about.”

–Mark Bloom & Jason Scholder (2010)