10 Places Not to Visit in 2010
Can't afford a vacation? Don't worry about skipping these locales
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2010 12:18 PM CST
Paula Deen plus a cruise ship? Not a good idea.   (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter, File)
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(Newser) – Sure, you could read one of the many lists of destinations you should visit this year—but in this economic climate, wouldn’t it be more useful to check out a list of places not to visit? Hailey Eber thinks so, and gives her top 10 in BlackBook:

  • Oymyakon, Russia: In this Siberian village on record as the coldest town on Earth, the temperature must drop to -62 degrees Fahrenheit before schools close.
  • Paula Deen Cruise to the Caribbean: You usually put on a few pounds while on vacation…and a few more if that vacation is the neverending buffet of a cruise ship. Add Paula Deen’s butter-filled recipes into the mix, and you’ll soon be “too ashamed to waddle around the lido deck in your bikini.”
  • Pakistan: “Violent extremists, Al-Qaida, and Taliban elements do not a vacation make. But, you probably knew that already.”

  • Scranton, Pa.: Not that you’d want to go there, but if for some reason you’re forced—avoid The Office Fan Tour, busing around the city later this year.
  • Rotorua, New Zealand: Though it is a fairly popular destination, it is also the self-proclaimed “most noxious city on the planet” thanks to an abundance of sulfur fumes.
  • Chernobyl, Ukraine: “Ultimately, it’s the fact that the tour begins and ends with radioactivity testing for all participants that puts it on the ‘no-go’ list.”
  • Mexico: The drug war. Enough said.
  • Bakersfield, Calif.: It's everything you don’t picture when you think of California...and, well, it also has the country’s worst level of fine-particle pollution.
  • Orlando, Fla.: There was already a wealth of reasons not to visit this tourist trap, but this spring brings one more: Universal’s “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park.
  • New York: It’s a great city, but avoid it in May, when the premiere of Sex and the City 2 promises “a rash of cheesy publicity campaigns and a sudden influx of wannabe Carries, Charlottes, Mirandas, and Samanthas (especially Samanthas). It ain’t gonna be pretty.”