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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.
Age 28
Countries Visited About 30

Titanic Nominations

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.

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  1. john golledge
    June 16th, 2009 at 04:09 | #1

    Please explain how you can be ‘editor in chief’ of a travel site, and therefore presumably well travelled, and yet your ‘fragile stomach’ isn’t up to pickled octopus! Get a life! Versions of pickled octopus are found in the cuisine of dozens of countries spread all around the planet. It is fantastic taste/texture combination. I’m guessing that your famous travel site is all about stuff like where to go to get a good value pommie breakfast in Turkey. Or maybe where to get authentic bangers and mash in Thailand. Or is it where to get warm beer in New Zealand. Go get a real job, you idiot. I hope titanic is going to do travel sites.

  2. Scoby
    June 16th, 2009 at 04:37 | #2

    Maybe if you kept penises out of your anus you would have such bad IBS. Oh you had to eat pickled octopus,boo hoo you poor baby

  3. Godot
    June 21st, 2009 at 04:18 | #3

    You’re a lightweight, Mr Martin. This just sounds whiney – I’ve had worse travel experiences on weekend breaks to the country.

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