June 28, 2015

June 28, 2015
The 17 Worst Cities in the World

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great weekend so far. Dab the AIDS Bear is finishing up a second Pride event today before heading back home.

Because of traveling around the world to speak at events, we have been to almost every major country except Russia. So we know the good, the bad and the ugly. But the following are the 17 worst cities in my opinion which I will blog about today and tomorrow.

Itís easy to look at a travel brochure and believe in the paradise the pictures tell. Itís easy to fall for the elegant resorts, the breathtaking ruins, and the smiling tourists. Thatís the dangerous power of advertising. In a money driven industry, your needs arenít always important to the big businesses that advertise these travel destinations. Itís important to research (beyond travel websites) the locations you plan to visit. You just may find out that ďparadise cityĒ isnít so beautiful and safe after all. There are many well-known cities we know to avoid. However, there are also many deceivingly beautiful cities that manage to hide their flaws. Here are some of the worst cities to visit in 2015.

Cairo, Egypt
All you need to do is look up Cairoís track record in the news these past few years to understand that this historical city is not as desirable as it once was. While it remains beautiful, its ongoing battle against terrorism is less so.

Tijuana, Mexico
With a long reputation of crime, this coastal city is heavily polluted and deceiving. Here, it is the little things you need to look out for. Pickpocketing and cons are prominent. If you donít stay alert and do your research, you could end up in a bit of trouble.

Bali, Indonesia
While Bali appears to be a tropical paradise, it certainly has its flaws. While its tourist resorts are generally very safe, wandering off on your own may not be such a good idea. Beware of crime rates, poverty and animals with rabies.

Harare, Zimbabwe
While the city of Harare has improved greatly since the turmoil of 2008, it is not perfect. Tourists are often scammed for money and the poverty rates remain high.

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Small size doesnít always mean safe. Port Moresby is dangerous on two fronts. The first is the daily thefts, rapes and even murders that can take place. The second is that it is in a high-risk area for earthquakes, landslides and Tsunamis!

Rocinha Favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Like Bali, visitors are generally fine if they within the guided tours offered by their tourist locations. Outside of that, the city is deemed quite unsafe due to poverty, crime rates and high pollution.

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Despite its rich historical background, a history buff may re-think their decision to visit here. Named the unofficial drug capitol of Mexico, Ciudad Juarez is violent and dangerous. City officials are trying to clean up this corruption, but they have a long way to go.

Belize City, Belize
While government officials are putting in efforts to make this cultural destination safer, it still retains high poverty and crime rates. While the crime rates wonít affect travelers much, the poverty the city exposes does.

Kandahar, Afghanistan
Due to current conflict in the Middle East, Kandahar is extremely dangerous and not safe for tourists or visitors of any kind.

Mogadishu, Somalia
This beachfront city of ruins has been chock full of war, crime, and conflict since the governmentís collapse in 1991. Itís only recently that African Union fighters managed to end their war. However, it remains far from safe.

I will conclude this list tomorrow. Hope you have a beary safe and great Sunday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab