The 17 Worst Cities in the World

It’s easy to look at a travel brochure and believe in the paradise the pictures tell. It’s easy to fall for the elegant resorts, the breathtaking ruins, and the smiling tourists. That’s the dangerous power of advertising.

In a money driven industry, your needs aren’t always important to the big businesses that advertise these travel destinations. It’s important to research (beyond travel websites) the locations you plan to visit. You just may find out that “paradise city” isn’t 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 Cairo’s 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.

Cairo-EgyptJason Benz Bennee / Shutterstock

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 don’t stay alert and do your research, you could end up in a bit of trouble.

Tijuana-MexicoChad Zuber / Shutterstock

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.

Bali-IndonesiaLana Smirnova / Shutterstock

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.

Harare-ZimbabweUlrich Mueller / Shutterstock

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