Worst RoundaboutNominee

May 5th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

It’s like five baby roundabouts have hatched from the mother ship.   In Swindon, England, it’s known as The Magic Roundabout.

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(5 votes, average: 8.80 out of 10)
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Tony Wheeler’s World Worsts

May 3rd, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Name Tony Wheeler
Age 62
Countries Visited I’m at 141 (just in transit at an airport does not count)
Who? Founder of Lonely Planet publications, writer, unreformed traveler

Titanic Nominations

1. Worst Pizza Many contenders but the pub in Nimbin, northern New South Wales, Australia wins. How could the Australian centre for dope smoking, hippy free living produce something so bloody awful?
2. Worst Toilet Darchen in Tibet, Australians talk of ‘long drop’ outhouses. This was the opposite, a vertical mountain of shit, a long climb to the top.
3. Worst First World Airport Terrible third world airports are no great achievement, LAX and Charles de Gaulle compete for the titles of worst in the first world.
4. Worst Visa Queue India gives you the longest line but for sheer tedious slowness followed by absurd, Kafkaesque, mind bogglingly stupid bureaucracy when you get to the front, the Russians are the clear winners.
5. Worst Drivers The Saudis. Missing guardrails or paint scrapes on the rockface at every corner prove, yet again, that warp speed is fine for the straights but you still have to slow down for the corners.
6. Worst Traffic Jams Bangkok passed the baton on to Manila, but despite competition from Dubai the place that is way out in front – i.e. completely stationary – is Shanghai.
7. Worst Connectivity Why is high tech Japan the only place in the first world where my mobile phone doesn’t roam and my ATM card can’t pull money out of the machine?

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UPDATE: The pub that made Tony’s list for worst pizza is now a bistro under new management and would like everyone to know that they no longer have pizza on the menu.


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Worst IntersectionNominee

May 3rd, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Yet somehow it seems to work.

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Most Crowded AttractionNominee

May 3rd, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Hard to see, but presumably there is water in the pool.

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(10 votes, average: 9.00 out of 10)
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Worst Train RideNominee

May 3rd, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Almost makes you long for sublime comforts of no-frills air travel.

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(4 votes, average: 6.25 out of 10)
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Pauline Frommer’s World Worsts

May 1st, 2009 by Doug Lansky

paulinefrommerName Pauline Frommer
Who? Creator of the Pauline Frommer Guidebooks and Co-Host The Travel Show, a nationally syndicated radio show. Pauline appears weekly on CNN.com to discuss the latest travel trends and pens a column for MSN.com. Her guidebook Pauline Frommer’s New York City was just named Best Guidebook of the Year by the North American Travel Journalists Association.
Countries Visited I don’t know. I visited too many before the age of 10 to be able to know how to count ‘em up.

Titanic Nominations

1. Worst Toilet Filthy squatter, Chongquing, China; travel companion’s camera stolen there
2. Worst Show I Ever Had to Sit Through to Review Madame Meg’s Find Your Sexy, Las Vegas. Stiff ex-lawyer turns to stripping to enhance her self-esteem
3. Most Panicked Moment Combining Parenting and Travel Writing 9-year-old daughter stuck in the middle of a zipline course in Costa Rica, dangling 100 feet off the ground
4. Worst Local Delicacy Grasshopper, Indonesia
5. Worst Airline Air Pakistan, duct tape holding together seats, cockroaches in the aisles
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Worst Inflight Toilet MalfunctionNominee

April 27th, 2009 by Doug Lansky
toilet1photo:  glenmcbethlaw

Quick: what do you call a transatlantic flight from Amsterdam to Newark with a backed up toilet spilling human excrement down the aisle for seven hours?  Continental Airlines called it “poor conditions.”  Probably not the words passenger Collin Brock would have used. He felt “physically abused and neglected,” he told Seattle’s KING-TV in his home state.   The flight was diverted to Shannon, Ireland to fix the problem. But after the extra stop and delay, the sewage flooding developed again when the plane took off.  The reported culprit was a latex glove someone had tried to flush down the loo.  Continental apologized to its customers and issued vouchers.

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(8 votes, average: 9.50 out of 10)
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Most Annoying PassengersNominee

April 26th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Ah, the subtlety of drunken French humor.

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(10 votes, average: 9.60 out of 10)
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Roughest Cruise Ship PoolNominee

April 24th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Why cruise ships don’t have larger swimming pools.

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Worst Almost LandingNominee

April 24th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Okay, almost landing.  Crosswinds literally blew the plane off the runway.

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(9 votes, average: 9.56 out of 10)
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John Flinn’s World Worsts

April 24th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Name John Flinn
Who? Former executive travel editor, San Francisco Chronicle
Age 52
Countries Visited 37

Titanic Nominations
1. Worst Wine Chateau Gue, a Zimbabwean Chenin Blanc
2. Worst Toilet Deep-freeze outhouse at old Pruitt Hut, Russia’s Mount Elbrus
3. Worst Local Delicacy Hakarl, Iceland’s putrid shark taste treat
4. Worst Pizza Canned spaghetti on toast, New Zealand, 1982
5. Worst Timeshare Hustlers Cabo San Lucas

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Peter Moore’s World Worsts

April 22nd, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Name Peter Moore
Who? Australian author of six travel narratives including No Shitting in the Toilet, The Wrong Way Home and Vroom with a View.  Currently lives in London.  More at  www.petermoore.net
Age 46
Countries Visited 99
Titanic Nominations
Worst Toilet The public toilet in Tepelene, Albania. An underground bunker with a floor covered in shit. People simply stood on the stairs leading down and took aim.
Worst Tourist Attraction The Bunyip in Murray Bridge, South Australia. Insert a coin and a crappy plastic creature emerges from a pond strewn with rubbish. Brilliant!
Worst Airport Kuala Lumpur International. Changi’s plainer, simpler and more boring sister
Worst Flight Attendants Qantas. They really don’t give a shit.
Worst Hotel Banjarmasin Homestay, Banjarmasin, Indonesia. Soggy mattresses and rats running along the poorly partitioned walls. A personal favourite.
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Worst Desert DrivingNominee

April 21st, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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(11 votes, average: 8.64 out of 10)
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