Grant Martin’s World Worsts
Name Grant Martin
Who? Editor-in-chief of the popular travel site Gadling.com. Between work and travel, he has only managed one Saturday night and two Friday nights in his bed this year.
Countries Visited About 30
Worst Hotel At only $2 per night, the hostel that I booked in Cairo seemed like a good idea, but I should have known that this price was for a reason. We were given the hard sell for coaches around the city, tours, and a wide range of souvenir crap as soon as we put our bags down. Not something you want after 26 hours straight of travel.
Worst Meal Hong Kong Dim Sum. I know, it’s an honor to eat traditional dim sum in Kowloon among the locals. Finding out that the pancake that I just ate was filled with pickled octopus, however, was just too much for my fragile stomach.
Worst Bus Ride Public transportation in from Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow. I had broken my arm the week prior, was dozing in a Vicodin induced limbo and must have spent two hours sitting under my bag in the back of a stuffy public bus.
Worst Toilet Remember that hostel in Egypt? From some part of that experience I came down with a severe gastrointestinal infection. The worst toilet was thus the one that I left in a hotel in Luxor Egypt — three days into a month worth of IBS.
Worst Flight Arolineas Sosa is one of the few carriers that fly from the Honduras mainland to the Bay Islands. They have no websites, published schedules or seat assignments. Everyone tosses their bag onto the back row of seats when they get on the plane and, after takeoff, the pilot (who was sitting within kicking distance) opened up a newspaper.