11 Worst and Rudest Countries To Visit According to World Travelers

Globe-trotting is an intriguing experience — no wonder world travelers always look for exhilarating places to explore. But what happens when you find yourself in a country that greets you with rudeness? Here, we’ve gathered responses from travel enthusiasts online and compiled a list of the ten worst and rudest countries to visit.

1. Ethiopia

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You would probably have a reasonable experience in this country if you go as a wealthy tourist and hire your own driver, book all your hotels in advance, and so on. However, a traveler who went there as a typical backpacker had a lot of issues from getting ripped off with extra “luggage charges” on buses to randomly swearing kids who follow you around town.

2. Egypt

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A frequent traveler to this country of ancient pyramids advises young girls to only leave their hotels in Egypt if they are accompanied by someone else. According to one forum member, their reason for this advice is that “the country is full of creeps who would follow you just to hit on you.” 

3. Morocco

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Somewhere in North Africa lies a country that greets you with a poor hotel reception, children that trail behind asking for money in the rudest way possible, people who will rip you off even when you’ve done nothing to them, and spoilt locals at nightclubs who will terrify the life out of you. “I’ve never been to any other country where I’ve been so relieved to leave,” says a visitor.

4. France

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Despite being a city where people fall in love and romance is in the air, some tourists appear to have encountered the unwelcoming side of the country. Mainly, Parisians are notorious for their aloof demeanor and contempt for tourists. But hey, if you can get over the occasional huff and eye roll, you’ll still be in one of the most charming nations on the planet.

5. Philippines

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In the Philippines, you are flung into a crowd of cars, waiting their turns to use the road. World travelers who have toured the country have lamented that one of their biggest problems with the place is the terrible traffic, where commuters may stay close to three hours on the road to a destination that ordinarily should take less than thirty minutes.

6. Turkey

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It seems that kidnappers have a free hand in Turkey, where they are interested in abducting vulnerable and naive travelers. Different visitors to the country share experiences where they’ve had an encounter with cruel kidnappers in Turkey.

7. Russia

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Welcome to a country that will never smile at you unless they know you. Here, the grim expressions of the residents may lead you to believe that smiles are rationed. But do not be dismayed, dear tourist, for beneath that supposedly austere façade, you’ll discover layers of warmth and kindness. It might just take a bit more work to pry open those grins.

8. India

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True, India is a magical country with a vibrant cultural heritage and people whose arms are always stretched wide to give a warm embrace. But sometimes, people can go out of their way to annoy. A participant in the forum stated that an older woman elbowed them in the back as they got off a public transport system and pushed them out of the way.

9. Jamaica

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Perhaps we should begin with the market system. If you ever find yourself in a Jamaican market, the traders, to have you buy their products whether you need them or not, will physically grab you tightly and pull you into their shops. Also, this is a land where it’s the norm for strangers to hip-check you as you walk along the way, and low-income earners you tip begin to say ugly things about you as soon as you pass.

10. Germany

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Most people consider Germany the pinnacle of rudeness. They care less for small and casual talk, so get ready for good dialogue. “You have to mentally prepare yourself for this country,” a travel enthusiast advises. Aside from this, the country is beautiful, with rich cultural diversity, magnificent castles, and mouth-watering recipes.

11. Israel

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“They seem to make a point of being as rude as possible,” says a contributor. The country may be filled with enchanting landscapes, diverse cultures, and delightful encounters, but this may not all compensate those who seek a good time. A few travelers have found the Israelis’ straightforwardness a little too, well, direct. You might want to reconsider if you’re looking for sugar-coated conversations and endless pleasantries.

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