So far I have no travels planned for 2018, which makes me super antsy! I know I’ll be traveling to Europe for work, but I haven’t received my tour assignments yet. Thus, I’ve got some seriously itchy feet. This lack of concrete travel plans got me thinking — what shithole places should I visit in 2018?
The Shitholier, The Better!
My motto has always been, the shitholier, the better! So when I think of how many shithole places I haven’t visited yet, it just makes me want to cry! Like, I need to get out of the shit, and into a shithole, ASAP! Can you guys help me figure out what shithole destinations I should visit in 2018?
Here’s what I’ve been thinking. I follow some fierce ladies on Instagram. Some of the shitholiest are @haitiancutiebea, @1stclassfrance, and @hownottotravellikeabasicbitch. Like — GAWD! — the crapfactor is real!
As her IG name suggests, @haitiancutiebea is a cutie made in the third-largest Caribbean country of Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. She lives in New York these days, but spends time visiting all kinds of shithole destinations. Just have a look at some of her shitty pics!
Here she is in Egypt, a country on that shitholiest of continents, Africa!
Here she is in Petra, Jordon, in that shitholy region: the Middle East!
And here she is chilling in her home-country of Haiti. It looks just God-awful, doesn’t it?
Next I’d like to tell you about @1stclassfrance. She’s from Haiti too! And what I love about her, is that she keeps things real and is all about educating people on topics that are important to her.
Exhibit A, for Accountability
On January 12, 2010, in a matter of seconds, 220,000 people in Haiti died in a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. In September 2017, 155 people died in a matter of seconds in Mexico in a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. The days after the earthquake in Haiti were some of the hardest days in our collective history- phones down📞, no information on family, and constant images of death and destruction on television.
I remember being glued to @CNN, watching to see if they would pull someone I know out of the rubble even as the images began taking a psychological toll on me. However, there was a glimmer of hope that took me and many others back to #Haiti- “build back better” was the new slogan. Mexico had the infrastructure to withstand an earthquake of that magnitude and we had hoped that Haiti would be able to rebuild in a way that better prepared it for the (un)natural disasters that have become more frequent and more powerful with the double catastrophes of #climatechange and political turmoil in the USA.
Instead, what happened was that $13.5 BILLION💰 in donations and pledges was squandered without much more to show for it than a new Marriot for aid workers to stay in that costs more per night than the average Haitian makes and cholera from the #UN. Less than a PENNY of every dollar went directly to a Haitian organization or the gov.
So, there is a philosophical question that needs to be asked: What makes a country a #shithole?🤔🤔🤔 Is it how many resources countries like yours were able to extract from it to establish your riches? Is it the hidden scars we bare after withstanding continuous devastation and injustice? Is it who deems us worthy of living amongst them to gain access to food, education, and shelter?
Exhibit B, for an Ongoing Beef
I have an ongoing beef with the @nytimes and a few other publications because of the overly simplistic narrative and poverty porn they try to pass off as journalism when it comes to Haiti. I’ve often read their articles about Haiti in confusion and at times in amusement because they are so removed from reality and read like a chapter of Heart of Darkness. Now, once I see the line “poorest country in the Western Hemisphere” in any article, I stop reading because it tells me that this is a journalist that has nothing new to contribute on Haiti and has probably never been. 👋
Poverty is multi-layered- it can’t be explained away in a single sentence. When I went to Cuba and DR, it began to click for me the critical point in which Haiti diverged from its neighbors. Like Haiti, both Cuba and the DR had dictators, periods of bloody civil unrest, and still have visible inequality, yet there is 1 unique distinction: With all their many faults, those dictators invested in social services like public schools and public hospitals, and infrastructure like roads, airports, and bridges to directly benefit the people.
Haiti didn’t do this, deepening the inequality in Haiti so that your access to basic social services like quality education and healthcare (almost completely private services in Haiti) and your ability to get to either one depends on 💰💰- nothing else. Haiti has lost generations of scientists, engineers, artists, and composers to lack of access and inequality- they never stood a chance. #wokearoundtheworld
And then there’s Kiona, aka @hownottotravellikeabasicbitch. You may remember her from the Spotlight Traveler feature-interview I published last October, where she told us about the shithole destinations she’s been to and divulged exactly how she hustles for travel. Kiona’s a pretty outspoken lady.
See for yourself:
More Shitworthy Places
So, I’ve been mentioning Haiti a lot, because it’s a shitworthy place I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting myself yet. I really want to go to Haiti! But I know there are many more shit destinations out there that also deserve a mention. Let me briefly highlight a few I have visited.
Firstly, here’s another pic from that shitholiest continent of Africa. Specifically, from Morocco:
Morocco’s a place that is near and dear to me, because of a personal quest that lead me to land in Fez a little over a year ago. I laughed. I cried. And I can’t wait to return.
Enjoying another shithole destination, here I am drinking a shit-colored Turkish coffee in Istanbul:
And here’s a throwback to my time in Mumbai, another shitholier-than-thou destination:
But I’m missing so many places! What about El Salvador, for example? I’ve never been, but it looks like one hell of a shithole I need to get to fast! Should I go to El Salvador in 2018? Or maybe I should go to Puerto Rico? I’ve been to San Juan many years ago (which I loved), but it looks like Puerto Rico has a lot more shitholiness worth exploring, if you ask me!
So for the love of shit, let a girl know! What are the shitholiest destinations you’ve visited? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments section! And remember, the shitholier, the better!
If you, too, love a good shithole, be sure to share this on Facebook! Also, check out my recent interview with Lola Méndez of @misfilatelista, where she goes on and on about one shithole place after another.