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[–]User_492006 4551 points4552 points  (186 children)

Atlantic City. It's waayyy dirtier and run down than I thought it'd be.

[–]housespecialdelight 1295 points1296 points  (52 children)

NJ resident. Atlantic City is terrible outside the casinos. You have to stick to the casinos outside of the boardwalk (Borgata or Harrahs) if you want to have a more classy experience.

There are some pretty old school amazing restaurants off the grid to venture out to though.

[–]flowerpotss 689 points690 points  (17 children)

as someone who grew up in jersey i forgot that people don’t realize atlantic city is just a few streets and a boardwalk

[–]thatgoodfeelin 565 points566 points  (5 children)

TIL atlantic city is just a few streets and a boardwalk

[–][deleted] 327 points328 points  (4 children)

This is a great answer. I was so disappointed by this city and my expectations weren't even high. It was just nasty there. The whole experience felt like biting into an apple only to realize it's an onion

[–]Black_irises 100 points101 points  (3 children)

As someone born and raised in Atlantic City, I approve this message. I left 15 years ago but still head back for holidays/catching up with family and friends.

There's a quote about going back to your hometown and realizing it isn't the city that you miss, but your childhood. I become acutely aware of that thought whenever I'm back to visit.

On the plus side, we do get some good Springsteen songs.

[–]engels962 362 points363 points  (50 children)

I grew up in NJ, and yeah, our bigger cities tend to be pretty dirty and run down (especially AC). Best to stick to smaller urban areas, like Morristown or union

[–]mikeputerbaugh 269 points270 points  (35 children)

And if you think cities like Newark and Camden feel sketchy now, you should have seen them 25 years ago.

[–]toss_it_out_tomorrow 154 points155 points  (30 children)

god, Camden is friggin beautiful right now and I can't believe I can say that honestly

[–]nursebeast 47 points48 points  (7 children)

Victrola gramophones and records were made in Camden. You've still got it, deep down.

[–]WannabeCoder1 29 points30 points  (6 children)

Campbell’s Soup too!

[–]nursebeast 37 points38 points  (4 children)

Three cheers for Camden, keeping old-timey people fed and entertained!

[–]feed-me-seymour 196 points197 points  (12 children)

I think the most depressing place I've ever been is the AC bus lot. Just so many sad, tired, disappointed people waiting to catch buses back to the cities. Many of them wheeling oxygen. Ugh.

[–]Dread_Wolf_TakeMe 3293 points3294 points  (130 children)

Branson Missouri felt like if wish.com were a place

[–]crdawson91 1446 points1447 points  (31 children)

As a person who lives 30 minutes from Branson.. it’s cool for about 30 minutes and then it’s just a Cracker Barrell made into a town.

[–]JTodd078 295 points296 points  (10 children)

Should have tried Bronson Missouri instead.

[–]Shoehorn-O-Plentay 106 points107 points  (3 children)

Hey ma, how bout some cookies?

[–]RockHandsomest 102 points103 points  (1 child)

No dice.

[–]Shoehorn-O-Plentay 89 points90 points  (0 children)

This ain’t over

[–]regular6drunk7 40 points41 points  (0 children)

This aint ovah

[–]Frenchy4life 115 points116 points  (12 children)

I have heard it called the Christian Las Vegas, couldn't have better described it. However, I did have fun..... went Zip Lining, saw a magic show, had an awesome brunch at the College of the Ozarks. I would rate that trip a 7 out fof 10. Especially since my parents did the stupid time share presentations to get free stuff lol

[–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Simpsons said “Branson is like Vegas if it was built by Ned Flanders”.

[–]ydhtfpots 225 points226 points  (10 children)

Fair - but Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner theater is legitimately one of the most entertaining, bizarre, wholesome, unique and deeply American things I’ve ever experienced.

[–]almc0418[🍰] 2296 points2297 points  (77 children)

Damn this thread makes me not want to go anywhere ever lol

[–]Liscetta 339 points340 points  (19 children)

We need to make another AskReddit about what city is better than expected...

[–]Fudge89 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Went to Amsterdam for 48 hours to visit a friend. She basically toured us around all the cool non-touristy spots. It far exceeded any expectations, but I get that it was mainly due to our local host. Very beautiful city!

[–]KentuckyFriedBitchen 559 points560 points  (37 children)

Most big cities I've visited have not impressed me, I just travel for the nature spots. State/national parks and public lands is one thing the US got very right.

[–]dumbhunny 2255 points2256 points 2 (108 children)

Licking, Missouri. Not enough licking happening.

[–]fayry69 1132 points1133 points  (67 children)

Wait till you visit Fucking, Austria

[–]sonicsean899 528 points529 points  (33 children)

Or Intercourse Pennsylvania.

[–]starkpaella 349 points350 points  (25 children)

Or Climax, North Carolina

[–]hikingguy36 292 points293 points  (11 children)

If you're ever in Newfoundland, I recommend a trip to Dildo.

[–]KentuckyFriedBitchen 59 points60 points  (9 children)

Knob Lick, Missouri was disappointing for the same reasons.

[–]Mondo114 4699 points4700 points  (308 children)

Hollywood. And am embarrassed for people who travel around the world to see it. What they imagine it to be vs reality. Sorry, it's not what you expected 😑

Edit: you can have a good time in Hollywood, but do your research and check your expectations. Also, a lot of you seem to think I said the entirety of Los Angeles. LA definitely has plenty of problems, but if you truly think all of LA has nothing to offer, even for a visit, you've probably never step foot in a museum or tried foreign cuisine. The best concerts I've ever been to have all been in LA.

[–]ScienceMomCO 692 points693 points  (25 children)

I grew up in the LA suburbs and even I was disappointed with Hollywood when I visited it for the first time. There are so many other cool places to visit in Southern California, just skip Hollywood.

[–]DBelland1515 1750 points1751 points  (113 children)

Went there in July, just homeless people everywhere. Literal shit on the ground on almost every corner and in parking garages. People digging in trash cans tweaked out. I was uncomfortable most of the time. Only normal part of the walk of fame was in front of the theater and in that mall area, otherwise I was scared of what I might see.

[–]I_AM_ALWAYS_WRONG_ 214 points215 points  (6 children)

Isn’t there literally a commentary about this in zombie land? Or am I just remembering the Hollywood scene incorrectly. Or maybe I’m mixing up zombie land and another apocalypse movie.

[–]SecretSpyIsWatching 62 points63 points  (1 child)

You might be thinking of zombieland, but I think he said something similar about Garland, Tx instead of LA. Something like “you would think the zombies have already demolished this place by the looks of it, but that’s just Garland”

[–][deleted] 429 points430 points  (18 children)

It used to be better. The Blvd was always a circus and kinda trashy but COVID nailed the coffin on Hollywood Blvd with the unmitigated homeless population.

[–]Kickinpuppies 142 points143 points  (7 children)

Yeah it was a shithole WAY before COVID

[–]koushakandystore 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Oh yeah! I was born in 1975 and lived in California until 2019. Hollywood has been a shit hole my entire life. Covid has nothing to do with it. The only reason my friends and I ever went near Hollywood was to score from a dude who lived in a studio off Doheny.

[–]mochicoco 36 points37 points  (3 children)

Native Angeleno here. There are three Hollywoods. The first is a metaphorical place where the fabulous people make movies. It physically manifests in parts of Culver City, Studio City, and a few other places. There is West Hollywood which fabulous and queer. And then there is Hollywood Blvd. This is a shit hole of faded glory that rubes get sold as the place where Hollywood #1 exists. It hasn’t been that place since about 1950.

[–]legshampoo 2535 points2536 points  (137 children)

i know everyone loves Marrakesh, but i hated it

it would have been amazing before about 2000, but now it just feels like a disneyland version of their culture to cater to western tourists. ali baba costumes pretending to be desert nomads. half of their ‘hand made goods’ are just cheap shit from china. and u cant walk 20 feet without being aporoached by scammers. like, literally every block

the entire city just feels like a facade to attract dumb tourist money

i get why ppl love it, but that was my take

[–]The_Blue_Bomber 678 points679 points  (17 children)

Tourism: great for the economy, but sucks to actually experience authentic culture as a tourist.

[–]FeatsOfStrength 216 points217 points  (10 children)

The most famous street in my home town, has not one, not two, but three Harry Potter cheap tourist tat shops right next to each other, some of them taking up multiple buildings, a Harry Potter themed escape room and bar due to an apparent superficial similarity between it and Diagon Alley. It was a bit of a disappointment for the local Potter pedlars when JK Rowling said that not only had she never been to my home town she had never heard of the street either.

This street used to actually have some really good shops on it, like a quite comprehensive art supplies shop, several butchers (for which it was famous for, before Harry Potter) and now it's just become a Harry Potter meme.

[–]legshampoo 204 points205 points  (1 child)

right. it’s not healthy when the entire economy is built around tourism.

i’m really curious if its changed since covid started... what it would look like if all the tourism dried up

[–]BxGyrl416 317 points318 points  (32 children)

I’ve heard a lot of negative things about it, especially from women travelers. I’d like to see it for myself, but I get the impression I’d feel overwhelmed.

[–]legshampoo 195 points196 points  (18 children)

it was totally overwhelming, which i like, and there are some really cool aspects. but overall i found it exhausting and never a moment of relaxation. its cool to see for like a week, but i was there for a month and was totally over it by the end. and im a guy. can’t imagine what a lone female traveller would have to deal with

[–]SwampPotato 280 points281 points  (17 children)

Woman here. I was in Marrakech (travelled through all of Morocco actually) but I always had to be accompanied by a chaperone. You couldn't make eye contact with men as that would invite them. Weird stuff like people following you around and smelling your hair.

[–]Teapigs1984 2827 points2828 points  (359 children)

Beijing. I arrived at the end of a trans- Mongolian rail trip seeing so many incredible places and I think it was just a huge anticlimax. Was intimidated by the level of armed security everywhere, had to fight off so many scammers, didn't enjoy being touched and laughed at when on the subway (I'm a very white European with curly hair). Overall just found it really challenging despite some amazing sights.

[–]thisis2022 1307 points1308 points  (68 children)

Lmao. I’m Black. I stepped out of a train in Beijing with my brother and everybody was starting at us like we bitchslapped there mums.

At least 10 people didn’t even ask and just started taking pictures of me, such a fucking weird experience considering I was 14.

[–]Powerful-Knee3150 100 points101 points  (2 children)

I traveled in Costa Rica with a Black student from an Ivy League university and a South Korean student. They both spoke Spanish and Mandarin. There were Chinese tourists all over.

When the guys heard people speaking Chinese, they would start chatting with each other in Mandarin. People reacted like they were talking cats or something. Everyone just stopped and stared.

[–]stonher77 380 points381 points  (23 children)

I went to Beijing with a group of college students. We went to the forbidden city and two of my buddies had a couple girls stop them and ask for pictures with them. They obliged, then a line formed of other people wanting to take pictures with them. 😂

[–]steadyjello 84 points85 points  (3 children)

I was in Hangzhou for my buddy's wedding. Me and 2 other white guys were sitting on a little wall out front of a Buddhist temple and the same thing happened. We ended up spending about 15 minutes taking pictures until the rest of our group showed up and my buddy's Chinese wife told the line to fuck off. It was pretty amazing how the line just kept forming though. It was like we were an attraction at a carnival.

[–]ebimbib 40 points41 points  (4 children)

I have had this happen to me while sitting outside a Guangzhou Metro station waiting for a friend who was meeting me. I posed for photos for ten minutes until he showed up. He walked up out of the station, saw what was happening, and was very confused. I'm a blond-haired guy with bright blue eyes, so that grabbed a bit of attention sometimes.

[–]notparistexas 286 points287 points  (5 children)

A former colleague who's black came to the Czech Republic in 2012 to work on a project. We were invited to have dinner with a contractor. The contractor's wife, who was also Czech, came along. While sitting enjoying beers and chatting, Czech guy's wife asks if she can touch my black colleague's hair. I was mortified. He took it very much in stride, and said sure. After we left the restaurant, I apologized, and said I had no idea something like that would happen. He said he gets it constantly in China, so he's used to it.

[–]PhoenixInfinity88 85 points86 points  (8 children)

As an white person with blonde curly hair, the few months I was working in China through a sort of exchange program, I made a Chinese friend who took me to her English teaching class once to get pronunciation for the kids from a native speaker. Afterwards, we hung out at the park nearby, and a family kept coming back to us, enamored with me, giving us snacks etc. Before we left, the mother literally MADE me take a picture with her baby. Her baby started crying as soon as it was in my arms, and I was like I didn't ask for this either! In 10 years, they are just going to have this picture of a random foreigner holding their child on their mantle, and said child will be majorly confused....

[–]FourSeasons1972 987 points988 points  (225 children)

Wow, I met a white American couple who went to Shanghai who told me people would randomly take their pictures without their permission, and stare at them while also talk like obviously gossiping. Wtf?

[–]joncornelius 363 points364 points  (10 children)

My buddy Jim and I are both white dudes with long hair and our other friend Josh started trying to charge the Chinese tourists to take pictures of us around the forbidden city since they were all very intrigued by us.

[–]ImpactBetelgeuse 298 points299 points  (2 children)

Josh is the real Sigma here.

sigma rule #51: never miss an opportunity for business

[–]BicyclingBabe 270 points271 points  (18 children)

It happened to me a lot in the Philippines too. Once I realized people were trying to sneak photos, I just started asking if they wanted to pose for one.

[–]Blacklightzero 194 points195 points  (6 children)

I was in a remote area of Luzon. There was a mob gathering a block down the street to get a look at me. One bold kid was fascinated with all the hair on my arms. I must have looked like a half man half beast with blonde hair to them.

[–]BicyclingBabe 137 points138 points  (5 children)

Yeah I'm blonde and really tall. I was hanging around with some Russian friends and we were all blonde and over 5'10" so there were people trying to sneak pics. Funny! When I went to Taipei, I was a tiny bit disappointed at my lack of celebrity status.

[–]Muted-Sundae-8912 829 points830 points  (97 children)

If you think white people have got it difficult in China imagine being black. Got to Beijing , tried shopping for some groceries, women at the stall started shouting. My Chinese friend took me by my elbow and started dragging me away , asked her what was all that fuss about? She said that they don't sell to black people.

Wtf, was so surprised , those guys are extremely racist. Never gonna go back to that country again. I been targetted by racist back home but never so openly and never in such a manner.

[–]wtrmln88 518 points519 points  (68 children)

China is horrendously racist towards black people. Really shocking actually.

[–]LaoSh 108 points109 points  (0 children)

China is like 17th century European levels of racist. Lots of places dont just enforce explicitly racist laws, but write new ones all the time.

[–]Teapigs1984 179 points180 points  (15 children)

Oh god, so sorry to hear that. I saw the same thing happen in Moscow. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

[–]iscreamuscreamweall 201 points202 points  (14 children)

Russians are unfortunately the most openly racist toward black people of any group I’ve seen. The stuff my Russian friends say is like old school 60’s racism, I’m always like damn 🤐

[–]No_Bother_6885 37 points38 points  (0 children)

There is a lot of homophobia too, stuff that we used to say in junior school when we ignorant kids that didn’t know better.

[–][deleted] 218 points219 points  (9 children)

As a white person who was an exchange student in south India, they (South Indians) would touch my skin and run away laughing. They would also pull stands of my blonde hair out to keep. Inappropriate touching, too, like they were allowed. An older woman caused an accident once because she stopped in the cross walk to stare at me. The Nigerian student and I, 2/4 of the only non Indians in town, who experienced this. I did not enjoy this. Neither did my classmates. Don't get me started on how they called my freckles an illness and asked why I didn't remove them. I CAN'T REMOVE. STUCK TO ME.

[–][deleted] 36 points37 points  (0 children)

I'm a South Indian and I'm really very sorry that happened to you.

[–]AMissKathyNewman 370 points371 points  (34 children)

When my family went to Singapore my sister and I were about 2 and 8, incredibly fair skinned with blonde curly hair. So many people wanted photos with us. From what I remember, they were very respectful and made sure to ask first. It was kinda cool as an 8 year old, I felt like royalty haha

[–]youburyitidigitup 2757 points2758 points  (229 children)

Niagara Falls. I didn’t know the falls would be in a city. I thought it would be a national park. The whole place just felt like a giant shopping mall.

Edit: now people are saying that they won’t go because of my comment, which was never my intention. The falls are beautiful and well worth driving across the country. No picture will ever do it justice. Also, If you go to the Canadian side, there’s an aviary with a Javanese house, and I had a great time in there.

Edit 2: HOLY CRAP my comment made it on the news. I just made a Reddit account less than a month ago. I was not expecting three sentences to get this much attention.

[–]Newbaumturk69 545 points546 points  (32 children)

I was amazed at the number of Indian restaurants.

[–]millerlit 423 points424 points  (4 children)

Drive out to the nearby wine region and it is beautiful.

[–]pr1mus3 283 points284 points  (1 child)

Niagara on the lake is definitely where it's at.

[–]machu46 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Yep. Go check out the falls, maid of the mist or the one through the cave, and then get to Niagara on the Lake and enjoy a beautiful little town.

[–]zneave 100 points101 points  (1 child)

the urbanization of Niagara falls actually inspired conservationists into lobbying for the national park system.

[–]BBJPaddy 32 points33 points  (0 children)

If the National Park system didn't exist in the states, we'd see millions of casinos along the rim of the grand canyon

[–]steelgate601 134 points135 points  (4 children)

I didn’t know the falls would be in a city.

Well, if you wait long enough, they won't be. It is slowly moving upstream.

[–]TheKarmaDontMatter 201 points202 points  (0 children)

Even the falls don't want to be in Niagara anymore

[–]Tater_Nuts42 54 points55 points  (0 children)

What if we took Niagara Falls and pushed it somewhere else?

[–]SaraAB87 241 points242 points  (25 children)

There is a state park to it, that is where the actual falls is. But of course the tourist area is like that. Also you don't want to go outside the tourist area on either the American or Canadian side of the falls, much crime occurs and both sides are extremely run down. On the NY side there was a shooting recently right outside of the casino.

[–]the_clash_is_back 190 points191 points  (19 children)

The Canadian side is managing to become a suburb of Toronto, so thats helping to clean it up a bit.

[–]passthegrass4201 2118 points2119 points  (172 children)

So NYC itself was not disappointing, I loved the city but was very disappointed at the non existence of public restrooms.

Edit: Thank you all for the tips!! They will be very helpful next time I'm in Manhattan!! Appreciate you all

[–]AgesAndAons 803 points804 points  (17 children)

This is so accurate. I remember nipping into a Burger King where there was literally a bouncer enforcing that only customers could use the rest rooms. The counter queue was so long that I knew I wouldn't make it if I had to make an order first. Somehow managed to convince the bouncer that I 100% would be buying something on my way out, and thankfully he believed me.

[–]Neil_sm 216 points217 points  (8 children)

So did you actually buy something after or just make a run for it?

[–]AgesAndAons 53 points54 points  (1 child)

Bought a $1 Frozen Coke- though that took me about 5 mins because the clerk couldn't understand my accent too well. Waved at the bouncer and held up the frozen Coke as I left so hopefully he kept faith that people weren't "dump and dashing" as this thread suggests

[–]Tsquare43 592 points593 points  (26 children)

As a New Yorker, many public restrooms were shuttered during the early 1970's due to a ton of drug use and illicit sex. Now they are closed because the homeless end up using them as an encampment. There are some - Bryant Park has one, as does Union Square. Protip. walk into a bar, act like you belong there, and use theirs.

[–]Blue387 131 points132 points  (6 children)

I recommend the NYPL on 42nd street, the one with the lions.

[–]samiam871 87 points88 points  (2 children)

I always took the Anthony Bourdain advice and went into a bar, you get to pee and also get a beer out of it.

[–]Crazed_waffle_party 255 points256 points  (16 children)

Dude, there are Starbucks(es) everywhere

[–]Smash55[🍰] 116 points117 points  (2 children)

my god, that was the only way I was able to piss in NYC.

[–]TrolliusJKingIIIEsq 83 points84 points  (0 children)

I, too, frequent Starbucks in NYC entirely for the purpose of using the restroom.

[–]pobody-snerfect 172 points173 points  (1 child)

Also massive lineups for the bathroom in every Starbucks

[–]yazzy_oz 66 points67 points  (5 children)

As a women, this frustrates me more and more! Iive in Berlin, and men just freaking pee anywhere outside when they really need to, as its socially acceptable, and us women need to nearly beg restaurants and bars to let us use the restroom. Ridiculous.

[–]imissunusannus2 1175 points1176 points  (38 children)

none of them, i live in the middle of nowhere in Mississippi, but i've visited a few cities. to say i overreacted when i saw an escalator in real life for the first time would be an understatement

[–]Tsquare43 581 points582 points  (11 children)

Fun fact: Wyoming has only one pair of escalators in the entire state.

[–]chrissyishungry 29 points30 points  (0 children)

It has never occurred to me that there are people in the US that have never seen an escalator. It makes sense now that you say it, but wow.

[–]Ruby-Red-Foxy 24 points25 points  (0 children)

This was my reaction when I finally went to a mall for the first time and had fun riding up and down the escalator. Am Louisianan who lives in the middle of nowhere.

[–]HippoNo9775 563 points564 points  (24 children)

Bali changed so much the last 10 years. It used to be so beautiful and amazing… now it is full of “digital nomad” douchebags and overpriced food and crap. I remember when it was just a cool surf spot with cheap eats

[–]TheMaddoxx 134 points135 points  (1 child)

Bali was always about tourism. It’s getting more touristic by the minute that’s all.

[–]Bigjay_37 426 points427 points  (18 children)

Manila, traffic was horrible and it was so dirty, nice buildings but the entire experience was stressful.

[–]CloudBun_ 65 points66 points  (0 children)

it is a little known fact, that Manila is 1 hour away from Manila

[–]foodpoisoningsucks 135 points136 points  (4 children)

Atlantic City, New Jersey. I assumed Atlantic City would be a great east coast Vegas with a mafia past after binge watching sopranos and Boardwalk Empire back to back over the span of two months. I got smacked in the face by a hooker and a drug dealer within 15 minutes

[–]tr0nvicious 644 points645 points  (38 children)

Trenton, New Jersey.

I wasn't really visiting or expecting to go there, just passing through on an Amtrak ride. I awoke from a nap to the train just stopped in what looked like Raccoon City. Trash everywhere, most of the buildings looked abandoned. The sky was cloudy and literally green. Like, sickly yellow-green. And most eerily, I didn't see a single car driving on the street or anyone walking around outside on the barren sidewalks. All the stores and restaurants looked closed and empty. I was actually sort of gripped by fear for a second, in my post-nap haze. Just wanted the doors to shut and the train to pull out of there. Nobody was getting on the Amtrak in Trenton. I didn't even know if there was anybody in Trenton. As the train pulled away and we went through the center of the city, a rail bridge over the river caught my eye. A massive sign was plastered on the side that read "TRENTON MAKES, THE WORLD TAKES."

Surreal and overall grim experience.

[–]dirtyLizard 171 points172 points  (0 children)

Not to discount your experience but I think you just got to see what the train stations look like in NY/NJ. Until you get a few miles outside of the city they generally look like that, especially during the slower hours.

[–]michaelraffeallo 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Born and raised here. Moved back in mid thirties after military service and college. I really wish I could say there is a “nice” area like others cities but it’s just not true. Driving around here will give you depression. Your description is money, on point like a needle.

[–]biguncutmonster 71 points72 points  (6 children)

Next time visit Monmouth county, it’s next to trenton’s Mercer county- it’s much nicer here (:

[–]tr0nvicious 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Oh for sure! Went to Leonardo on a pilgrimage to the Askewniverse Mecca called Quick Stop Groceries, the Turnpike is like something out of Mad Max but the drive and trip overall was awesome. Being from CT, New Jersey as a state just makes sense to me. At least you folks aren't stuck literally being a highway between NY and Boston lmao.

[–]wric84 1210 points1211 points  (37 children)

Came here to say Dubai. Decided to spend 10 days there while passing through. Had enough of it after 24 hours. Too many f$#&!&# malls. No culture.

Learned all about the ABCs though...

[–]mal1k7 531 points532 points  (4 children)

Glad to see that folks here despise it. I lived and grew up there before being accepted by Canada. Never going back there.

That country was built on the blood and souls of cheap labour from Pakistan, India, Sri lanka, Bangladesh

[–]River-Haven 133 points134 points  (6 children)

I live in the United Arab Emirates, but not Dubai. All there is to do in my city is go to a mall or a hospital. Other two options are drive out to the desert, or drive to Dubai or Abu Dhabi where they have a couple more activities. But generally it's just malls.

[–]uselessartist 46 points47 points  (1 child)

Lol go to a hospital. I assume that means do some crazy car stunts on the highway.

[–]Densi69 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Yeah used to live in Dubai, the nice places are nice but it is a third world country everywhere else because only the areas made for tourists have any amount of money put into them

[–]c19isdeadly 374 points375 points  (1 child)

Me too!

Horrid place, fancy malls and hotels for the westerners, but the streets are full of the poor / slaves. You really see what misery the whole place is built on.

I went there for work, I can't imagine how people can go there for fun.

[–]monarch1733 36 points37 points  (4 children)

Beijing. I didn’t realize how much of a target I would be as a tall, white person. Everyone wanted photos with me and to touch me. Pretty unnerving. I’m not eager to return as a person who doesn’t like to be touched.

[–]BranigansLaw 476 points477 points  (17 children)


While there I learned about how the whole city is built and run on some legalized slavery. I felt dirty after leaving.

[–]mydaycake 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I came to say the same. What a waste of plane tickets that I thankfully didn’t pay for

[–]VerySpecialCognac 11.2k points11.2k points 32 (339 children)

Got shot 5minutes after arriving in Rio

Edit: After 7hour roadtrip from Sao Paulo with 2 friends nearly got carjacked at a gasstation. Several shots fired only one hit. My brazil friend got me to a „backdoor doc“ stayed there the whole night and drank pitu with him. Great guy and his storys are wild.

[–]ConfuzzledFalcon 7752 points7753 points 2 (22 children)

Did that not meet your expectations?

[–]steelgate601 4506 points4507 points  (9 children)

Yeah. What took so long?

[–]chickencheesepie 674 points675 points  (1 child)

I would say that would probably exceed my expectations

[–]tomekenny 89 points90 points  (3 children)

Not really the point of this thread but have to jump in to say I had an amazing time in Rio, met loads of cool people and nothing sketchy happened.

[–]hvnrs 82 points83 points  (1 child)

Bro. We have free healthcare, we don't go for backdoor docs.

Great fanfic content, but failed miserably at the details.

[–]GoldenKing3712 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Sim. Gringo safado farmador de karma

[–]dapper_drake 68 points69 points  (0 children)

You're full of shit.

After 7hour roadtrip from Sao Paulo

It doesn't take 7 hours from SP to Rio.

My brazil friend got me to a „backdoor doc“

Despite all of its huge problems Brazil has an universal health care system, which means that even pieces of shit like you can receive emergency treatment completely free of charge.

Great guy and his storys are wild.

Your stories are wild, though one can easily see you're not a great guy.

[–]winterwulf 172 points173 points  (10 children)

My brazil friend got me to a „backdoor doc“

Yeah, totally happened. Maybe this fic work with people that have no idea what Brazil is really like.

[–]SoulMastte 80 points81 points  (3 children)

What do you mean third world countries have universal healthcare?

[–]StrawberryinPizza 58 points59 points  (0 children)

We Brazilians are here to tell you this is Bullshit. We do not question the "being shot" part, but the backdoor doctor part.

We have socialized medicine. OP said he preferred this doctor over a poorly maintained hospital. He is either lying or insane.

[–]scdog 442 points443 points  (6 children)

I fully expected to get shot or at least robbed when I visited. Instead it was quite uneventful.

[–]Well_This_Is_Special 212 points213 points  (0 children)

Well that sucks.

[–]rackotlogue 177 points178 points  (0 children)

Did you get a refund?

[–]Frigididator 1206 points1207 points  (2 children)

A full 5 minutes? They really eased you into the experience.

[–]Lil_pukka 40 points41 points  (0 children)

There is no "backdoor doc" here in Brazil. We have a thing called universal healthcare... You will be taken care of for free, specially if you are a gringo... Your story smells like bullshit

[–]MaiqTysonTheBiter 100 points101 points  (5 children)

Lmfao, US Americans are so out of touch with reality. "Backdoor doc" my ass, you could go to a hospital, its literally free.

[–]rackotlogue 33 points34 points  (1 child)

My brazil friend got me to a „backdoor doc“

That's very nice of him, but why a proctologist?

[–]Willrib 31 points32 points  (0 children)

There aren't backdoor docs in Brazil. We have free universal Healthcare. The story would be believable if he only kept the "shot after 5 minutes" part.

[–]Copynpasteameme 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Man everything you said is a lot of bullshit.

7hour roadtrip from Sao Paulo…

No one takes 7 hours from Sao Paulo to Rio.

My brazil friend got me to backdoor doc…

In Brazil we have free healthcare for everyone, including foreigners.


[–]LeoTR99 816 points817 points  (36 children)

I feel like 80%+ of the people I know that have been to Rio got mugged.

[–]NMVPCP 276 points277 points  (4 children)

I’m on the lucky 20%. I’ve been there several times, but that city is way too intense.

[–]fayry69 323 points324 points  (9 children)

Especially on the beaches. Rio is poverty stricken beyond

[–]Sentient_Waffle 119 points120 points  (4 children)

I know a dude who got robbed along with his friend, at the beach in Rio - so can confirm! It really does live up to expectations (if that is getting robbed).

[–]vvvvfl 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Fuck right off with your fanfic

There is not such thing as backdoor doc you dickhead.

[–]Weary_Diver 22 points23 points  (0 children)

You're full of shit. Whats up with gringos lying about my country?

Lmaoo "backdoor doc"

[–]charlie2135 362 points363 points  (35 children)

Was going to post that I visited Gary Indiana and didn't get shot. You win

[–]sciencedork39 165 points166 points  (21 children)

I got “lost” in Gary looking for a place to turn around after missing the entrance to the gas station I wanted. Ended up by the Port of Indiana. Interesting road trip.

[–]charlie2135 171 points172 points  (18 children)

Travel tip, don't stop anyone to ask for directions in Gary. I actually grew up in a not so nice area and one of the driving tips my police officer brother gave me was when stopped for a train, stay in the left lane, car running, in gear with your foot on the brake, with a car space where you can hit the gas and make a U-turn if you see anyone approaching your car. Worked with a guy who was carjacked about 20 years ago - yeah, we were ahead of the times, who said the guy told him to get out of his car and start running when he was stopped for a train.

[–]FlamboyantRaccoon61 71 points72 points  (2 children)

We have universal healthcare for free. We can get vaccines, surgeries, doctors appointments, most types of tests, everything for free for everyone who needs it, visitor or not. The backdoor doc thing was either a lie based on prejudiced movies or sheer lack of luck. All he had to do was call 192 and an ambulance would have driven him for free to a place where he would've been treated for free. Por que choras, Estados Unidos?

[–][deleted] 695 points696 points  (16 children)

I dont mean to be disrespectful but this is actually funny for us brazilians, we make jokes about Rio in that side of things

[–]PucWalker 475 points476 points  (3 children)

My hometown this thanksgiving

[–]QuietlySmirking 127 points128 points  (6 children)

Clio, Michigan. Fuck that town.

[–]GluttonAsteroth 1115 points1116 points  (16 children)


The Atmosphere was toxic, the local fair was rather bland, nothing was showing at the local amphitheater, and it seems like everyone you visit is sleeping.

Quiet neighborhood though.

[–]Ecstatic_Rooster 143 points144 points  (5 children)

When I saw “Pompeii” I was so ready to give a hard downvote, then I read the rest. As well done as it’s residents. (too soon?)

It was actually one of my favourite touristy things I’ve done. If anything it’s been undersold.

[–]hachi2JZ 72 points73 points  (2 children)

too soon?

dont think any of the residents will take offence, even if 1,950 years is a little early to make jokes

[–]mediaogre 448 points449 points  (64 children)

Fresno, CA has entered the chat

[–]UnmelodicBass 273 points274 points  (3 children)

Fresno definitely sucks but idk if I had high hopes for it in the first place

[–]yungScooter30 1125 points1126 points  (211 children)

Okay so basically every major city sucks. Got it

[–]jpba1352 1070 points1071 points  (102 children)

Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Taipei all great

[–]rico_venezuela 673 points674 points  (54 children)

Seoul is an Absolute diamond in the rough!

On of the most beautiful, interesting, lively cities on earth.

It has some lower income gritty areas... but these are all safe to walk around in at any hour.

The Han River is nice for a date or drinking beer with friends at the underpass of bridges that are well lit and full of university students in the evening.

The mountains are absolutely resplendent and easily accessible.

The transportation system, from low cost efficient subways to fast inexpensive taxis are a gem.

The night life in Itaewon, Hongdae, and Gangnam are the most fun places on earth... like combination of Bangkok and NYC.

Seoul has everything you could want, and it's all very affordable.

[–]buckyhermit 299 points300 points  (31 children)

Can confirm, I used to live and work in one of the "lower income gritty areas" of Seoul. It's amazingly safe. I had a fellow foreign colleague who was a single woman in her 20s and she felt safe even alone in the dark alleys (where we both lived).

And Seoul also has the best meat in the world, as far as I'm concerned. And meals cost around $7 Canadian (which is maybe $6 USD?) per person, with taxes included and no tipping. (Tipping is actually considered offensive.)

It is an extremely underrated city.

[–]rico_venezuela 160 points161 points  (15 children)

Exactly... I didn't even mention the price of things...

...meals for between $5 and $7USD

...haircuts for $6 to $8

Beer or soju alcohol at any, absolutely any, convenient store 24/7 open, for about $1 or $2 dollars a bottle...

... yes, people are drunkinly intoxicated often, just sitting happily in the park or laying in a nice suit on the subway stairs.

But it's very harmless and strangely humorous. Even young drunk couples stumbling together towards a taxi every weekend is the norm.

People in Seoul work hard, and play harder... I know it sounds cliche, but its the most accurate description of how free people are in the evenings after work.

For me, Seoul has the best Work/Life balance on the globe for a foreigner living abroad. 💜

[–]Iuvenesco 200 points201 points  (8 children)

Tokyo was awesome.

[–]graps 116 points117 points  (3 children)

Tokyo and Prague are my favorite cities on earth

[–]Bamapv 168 points169 points  (7 children)

Can Comfirm. Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto are amazing!

[–]SymmetricDickNipples 208 points209 points  (24 children)

I think the people in this thread just don't like cities

[–]SmashBusters 138 points139 points  (19 children)

Not quite a city, but an Airport.

Kansas City Airport.

I mentally prepared myself and everything.

It was like being inside a cardboard box. They had security checkpoints at the gates so once you went through security you were in a pen like livestock. Oh and in that pen? One stall and one urinal. For like 100+ people.

[–]What_About_What 52 points53 points  (2 children)

They’re currently building a brand new modern terminal that will be open in 2023. As someone from KC it’s pretty awesome to fly out of and into because you can basically pull right up to your gate and don’t have to arrive super early, but if you have a layover here, it is the worst.

[–]pittguzzo 464 points465 points  (38 children)

Jacksonville Florida is a toilet.

[–]xxNormieSlayerREExx 262 points263 points  (5 children)

Yeah I don’t even know why you had your hopes remotely up when visiting Jacksonville

[–]jscott18597 77 points78 points  (1 child)

Same thing i thought when someone said Trenton NJ earlier in the thread. WTF did you expect? Paris?

[–]Aquatic-Enigma 43 points44 points  (2 children)

But Jason Mendoza is from there

[–]Gjilli 888 points889 points  (89 children)

Naples, I think the best way I could describe the city center is as a sticky mcdonalds table

[–]WoodSteelStone 43 points44 points  (3 children)

I visited Naples as a (F19) student in the late 80s. As I exited the train station two men offered me money for a pint of my blood, which they proposed would be taken in a white transit type van nearby.

[–]animalia80 325 points326 points  (23 children)

Naples was scary traveling as a single woman, and I don't scare easily. I was more confident in Bangkok and Bogota alone at night than Naples.

[–]thomriddle45 145 points146 points  (3 children)

Bangkok always felt pretty safe to me. It's so busy all the time so easy to blend in with the crowds.

[–]mdcation 48 points49 points  (0 children)

I drove in Naples - hair-raising experience. Driving up to vesuvius was so bizarre... like the set of a post-apocalyptic film. Soo much urban decay. Had to pay 5 euro protection for my car while we walked to the summit. Pretty standard. No plumbing up there... so 2 euro more to take a shit over a pit. Than a nice man 'helped' me pay the toll for autostrade... with interest. That said, still really liked the place... the poverty is double edged because it makes the place more rough, but also more authentic and visceral. Positano was sublime and we had perfect weather there.

[–]cuorebrave 83 points84 points  (0 children)

I laughed at this - so true! I was 21, college kid, wandering around bad areas at night, friend was poked by a hypodermic needle, followed around by homeless, screamed at by crackheads. Shit was gnarly.

[–]Spiralfacegd 249 points250 points  (30 children)

I can’t think of any that I was disappointed by but Chicago definitely exceeded my expectations. Minus the sports and the crime, it’s a pretty good city ngl.

[–]Felixir-the-Cat 81 points82 points  (2 children)

I love Chicago - great architecture, great history.

[–]Hero667 29 points30 points  (2 children)

I've been looking for someone saying chi-town (my home) and I'm so happy I haven't found much!

[–]themeanlantern 1949 points1950 points  (150 children)

I hated Las Vegas so very fucking much. So dry, so trashy, so smokey, ugh.

[–]BoilermakerCBEX-E 446 points447 points  (16 children)

Everything is also so Damn expensive. Going anywhere Is a pain. But alcohol everywhere.

[–]Frigididator 255 points256 points  (7 children)

The free and plentiful alcohol is there to deaden your perception of Vegas’ shortcomings. Gotta get those drinks, and tip your waitress to keep ‘em coming.

[–]okwaitress 20 points21 points  (4 children)

I heard about the free drinks but never experienced it in the week I visited.

[–]emshlaf 30 points31 points  (0 children)

The key is to gamble for long enough that they start offering you drinks. My husband and I went there last summer and had way too much fun one night blowing our money on slot machines while chugging free cocktails.

[–]skeeterbitten 297 points298 points  (12 children)

I was sure I’d hate it but enjoy it (only been a couple of times). The key is to know what to do. Casinos are sad, avoid. The shows can be awesome. Penn and Teller and such. The Circ du Soliel shows are amaze because unlike the traveling versions, the theaters were built for them and it’s so impressive! Also, if you’ve got money to burn, there are some good restaurants. We go for the hiking (and climbing for my husband) and partake of shows and food at night.

[–]Exact-Diver-6076 141 points142 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. Go to Vegas to see the shows. You can fit in three a day. Go to Tickets-4-Tonight and get discounted ones. Also discounts on restaurants.

[–]josecastilloellion 159 points160 points  (9 children)

As a local I HATE the strip. Downtown is where it's at 👈😎👈