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101 Places Not to Visit: Your Essential Guide to the World's Most Miserable, Ugly, Boring and Inbred Destinations Paperback – March 1, 2007
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If the author has or hasn't been to these destinations is completely irrelevant as the point of the parody joke is that he is intentionally not putting in the positive aspects of each destination and is instead playing on the negative stereotypes and uneducated myths that are out there, and they are out there! If you've ever travelled you'll come across them. I think another point of this book is that it is highlighting the stupidity of these actual beliefs that these "bad tourists" actually believe, who give other travellers and their fellow countrymen a bad name, known and resented by locals as "Typical Americans", "Loud Cocky Australians", Whingeing Poms" and so forth. Maybe the fact that these negative reviewers are upset that their favourite city is in this book and shouldn't be categorised with the other bad destinations probably means they are in one of those aforementioned categories that this book is making fun of anyway.
Sure this book makes fun of lots of great places, I've visited and loved plenty of the destinations in here, they are all worth going to, in fact I live an hour away from one of them, but hey I can take a joke.Read more ›
As to the rest of the book, it really defies reviewing. Like others have said, he hasn't visited any of these towns and so has just followed stereotypes which he has found written in other books or on the internet. It seems extraodinary that he should set himself up as an expert on what to and not to visit, it simply means that he has an opinion, but to try to give it credibility by publishing it - shame on you!
I'd recommend P J O'Rorke if you want to read something by a truly sardonic writer who has visited some of the worst places in the world to visit - its called Holidays in Hell - and another difference is O'Rorke can actually write.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have books like "The Most Dangerous Places in the World", etc, and have been to many of those places, so thought a book like this might be fun to read. Read morePublished on February 8, 2006 by A Traveler
This man misrepresents Wellington, New Zealand. I question whether he has actually visited the place. Read morePublished on January 1, 2006 by Brian King
Based on what he is writing about the place I really know, he must have been following his own advice: He has never been there. Or he may have been drunk all the time. Read morePublished on November 3, 2005 by Olav Torvund
I have read many books in my lifetime and many of them are books about travel. When I read through this book though, I was shocked by all the false facts stated in it. Read morePublished on November 3, 2005 by Darius Nelson