We’re so focused on the places we want to visit, the cities we want to explore, and even where we want to retire to when we’re old and grey, that we never pause to think about the places we never want to go, and the places we never want to see ourselves living in.
Unfortunately, there are such places – read on for five of the worst.
1. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
You can’t have failed to have heard of Haiti, a small island nation in the Caribbean. You might think ‘oh, Caribbean island, paradise’, however in this case you’d be wrong. The residents of Haiti have been struck by disaster over recent years, with a well-documented and deadly earthquake, and then hurricane causing widespread damage to the island and its economy. The capital, Port-au-Prince is now so badly ravaged, you’ll be lucky to have a constant supply of electricity and fresh, clean drinking water. As you can imagine, this makes for a pretty poor standard of life.
2. Baghdad, Iraq
I don’t personally know many people that would choose to go and live in Iraq these days, with its violent and bloody history of the last few decades. However, it’s capital and sprawling city, Baghdad is officially one of the worst places to live. We’re looking at a very poor infrastructure, and because of the war that has raged on in Iraq, the quality of life is on the floor. There is also the added threat of ongoing violence, which all in all makes this city one to avoid.
3. Nairobi, Kenya
At first glance, Kenya might seem like a very attractive prospect as a place to live. Nairobi, the country’s famous capital, is actually considered one of the worst places in the world to relocate to. A recent study has ranked this large, sprawling city the second worst in terms of pollution and over-crowding. When you can’t take a gulp of fresh air for fear of coughing, it’s not the place to be spending your twilight years.
4. Bangui, Central African Republic
According to Mercer’s 2012 Quality of Living Survey, this isn’t the place to be heading if you want to stay alive past the age of 60. This part of the world is also extremely poor, which means an extremely low standard when it comes to the quality of general life. Illness is rife, and healthcare is certainly not the best.
5. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
If any of you have ever thought about moving to live in the Congo, it might be time to reconsider. This is one of the most war-affected areas in the entire world, and this means little in the way of a good life, and plenty of hardship and worry – not exactly an attractive option.
As you can see, the grass isn’t always greener! Whilst the world is full of beautiful places to visit, with interesting sights to take in, we often don’t get to see the reality of life behind the tourism brochure. If you’re planning on relocating to anywhere in the world, these five should probably be avoided, and be sure to do your research on other cities you might have in mind!