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Haters Gonna Hate: 10 Best Hate Comments I’ve Ever Gotten

Dealing with blog hate comments

Have you ever gotten into an argument with someone and then later on though “damn, I should of said this or why didn’t I say that?”

For me it happens all the time. I detest arguing and I avoid drama in real life. I go all tongue-tied, my face goes beet red, and sometimes I cry for no reason. I just hate confrontation. What is wrong with me?

I’ve been running Young Adventuress for 2 1/2 years now, and boy, have I gotten some mean, nasty and occasionally hilarious hate comments. As of today, I have received 2,704 comments on my blog. I would say 98% are very nice, friendly, civil or at least neutral, and 1% are constructive criticism I can deal with, while once in a while my inbox pings with a whopper of a comment, usually from my best friend: Anonymous.

This is the dark side of blogging that I am struggling to come to terms with, something I am sure all bloggers or anyone who leaves themselves open to criticism have to come to terms with. Dealing with blog hate comments is tricky. How do you accept criticism of your work? How do you deal with negative feedback?

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Dealing with blog hate comments

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Dealing with blog hate comments

As a content creator, you put yourself out there for the world to see, read, think and judge you. Of course it makes sense that not everything will be sunshine, roses and unicorns all the time. Dealing with negativity and mean comments come with the territory, no matter how unopinionated  white-breaded, and politically correct you write. There is always going to be someone out there who disagrees with you and doesn’t like what you have to say, and you must accept it. I must accept it (this is one of my 13 resolutions for this year).

With Facebook and social media nowadays, the world has turned into some perverted sphere of comments, judgement and pretty much a giant blog run by the gods at Google.

Some of the hate comments I’ve gotten over the years aren’t against what I’ve written, but rather HOW I’ve written it. I’ve written some controversial posts in a controversial style, but let’s remember, blogs are places to share thoughts and opinions! Some people don’t like that I have a personality opinion in my writing, and that’s totally fine, but I have made the decision to have both a 100% disclosure policy on here and be 100% honest with my readers; I like to keep it real yo. I’d like to think that’s why you all follow me, along with my saucy wit, poignant prose, dashing good looks and insider travel tips, of course.

In a weird way I am kinda flattered my blog has invoked strong reactions in people, good and bad, and that so many people take the time to leave me comments.

Dealing with blog hate comments

The Oatmeal, Source

There are too many cookie cutter boring travel blogs out there and I’ve decided to spice things up! My goal with my blog is INSPIRATION (all-caps). I am your friend telling you about Spanish tapas at a cafe. I am a new guy you’ve met at a bar regaling your group with my stories from Egypt. I’m your coworker telling you about my last summer vacation sailing in Croatia.

My goal is to take that little spark inside everyone that says “I want to travel” and BOOM, blow it up and make it happen! Travel inspiration through pure honesty story-telling is what I believe in and what my blog stands for.

But enough about me! What would this long-winded post be without some dirty gossip tagged along at the end? In my signature passive-aggressive move, I’ve decided to share with you all the crème de la crème of hate comments I’ve gotten on my blog or on Facebook. All of these were comments directed at me in public forums (minus #9), and instead of sticking my nose up in the air telling myself, just ignore it like a mature adult, I figured I would go ahead and make a entertaining list for you all to waste some time reading!

Here are the 1o best hate comments I’ve ever gotten on my blog.

Now it’s time for you to share! Dish, what’s the best, craziest, meanest, rudest comment you have ever gotten on your blog? Don’t have a blog? How do you cope with haters and negativity in your life?

Dealing with blog hate comments

The Oatmeal, Source

1. I wrote I missed to-go coffee and Starbucks while living in Spain

“Sit down for a few minutes and drink your damn coffee at the bar like a civilized person. Every time I see a guiri (Spanish for foreigner) with a freakin Starbucks cup I want to smack them upside the head. Do you really have to walk around slurping all the time?”

My response: slurp. slurp. sluuuuuurrrrppppp.

Dealing with blog hate comments

2. I called Giza a dump (and I stand by it!)

“It would take an American to go to Giza, see, poverty and hucksterism based on that poverty and unemployment and pass judgement. You have no bloody idea of the circumstances or causes of that poverty which in turn causes the things you’ve smelled and seen. I’ve been to Giza and it is cleaner, safer and less full of creeps than NY, St. Louis, Seattle or a dozen other American cities I have visited. Glass houses indeed. The Egyptian people, to their credit, continue to welcome Americans, in spite of being the usual rude guests, they are.”

My response: In what world is Giza safer and cleaner and less full of creeps than Seattle? Granted I’ve only been to Seattle once, but not one person oggled my boobs, called me Barbie, offered 500 camels for my hand in marriage all while carrying an automatic weapon. Also dead horse, literally.

3. On my anger post about not being paid by the Spanish government

“If you don’t like it, leave (Spain).” 

My response: How I am supposed to leave when I haven’t been paid for 3 months? Are YOU gonna buy my flight back home to America?

4. My most popular post: why I hated the teaching program I did in Spain; the comments for this one are the gifts that keep on giving. 

“Without doubt I should be the bigger person and just walk the hell away from this conversation and consign your blog to the bin where it obviously belongs.”

My response: And yet, you’re still here.

Dealing with blog hate comments

5. Even more. Lucky me. 

“Ahh, an American in Europe. Could it not be that you expected too much that things would run as smoothly as in your home country? I’m a Brit in Greece and teach English – believe me, what you’ve written here pales in comparison to what’s going on in Greece. But you know what? We all make choices – so I learn from it, suck it up and make the most of my experiences. And I don’t always show the sunny side, unicorn happiness, gold at the end of the rainbow side of living abroad: it’s tough going and lonely at times. Check out my blog: – you might like it, you might hate it ;0) I feature, every Wednesday, a new expat on my League of Expat Writer’s page (LEW). If you think you can kerb the swearwords and would like to contribute, do get in touch.”

My response: God, gag me! Can someone fetch me a glass of water? I’m choking on all the condescension here. And what’s with the whole American thing? Get over it!

6. And my personal favorite. 

“2 reasons why I hate this blog post: 1. Too much caps lock 2. too much bold font”

My response: THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT!! 😀 😛 🙂 —->I’m guessing you don’t like emoticons either 🙁

7. On my guide to the regions in Spain I included a funny map of Spain according to Spaniards

“Wow, I find you chart incredibly insulting, and what’s worse, you seem to genuinely find it an accurate or humorous representation of Spain.”

My reply: In a 3,000+ word comprehensive guide page and THAT’s what you focus on?!

Dealing with blog hate comments

8. My Ryanair Horror Stories (granted, I was asking for this )

“Just one word of advice for all this crying, nothing is good enough for your spoiled generation. You want your asses licked before and during flight? Go deeper in your wallet and fly with national airlines for 2-300 EUR! You want to fly for 50 EUR? LEARN how you should do it and nothing special or bad will happen to you. Still not satisfied? Take the bus”

My response: Do you work for Ryanair?

Dealing with blog hate comments

9. Worst thing I’ve ever written: “ghetto” (sarcasm)

So ages ago I wrote a post about a village in La Rioja, Spain called Laguardia…”not to be confused with the ghetto airport in Queens, NY”

Holy s*** batman, I got a longwinded, conceited email from some girl about how it’s NOT ok to use the word ghetto anymore and how I seriously offended her. She took it upon herself to patrol the blogosphere, trolling for the “g” word offenders. Ok, in my 3 years in Spain, I guess I had been living under a rock because apparently “ghetto” now has a stigma attached to it (poll in, readers, does it?) and I missed it. I immediately deleted it from my post and my vocabulary but also sent back an email apologizing saying I understand where she was coming from but also tone it the hell down! Nobody likes preachy people! Apparently I didn’t kiss enough ass and this chick took it upon herself to write an entire article about how I am a racist blogger, copying and pasting select phrases from our email exchanges and painting me in the worst possible light ever, luckily not by name.

You haven’t made it til you’ve got a hate club, right?

10. I’m leaving this one up to you guys, just try not to make me cry 

**Runner up!

I just remembered a great one from one of the threads about the teaching program and how it sparked such a controversy. One girl actually told me to just forget about it, drop it, and I quote:

“shit or get off the pot, ya dig?”

Er. Um. WTF? Do people even say that? How would you respond?!?!?!

*Disclaimer: this is all for s***s and giggles, I really appreciate all my readers and I value all of your comments, the good, bad and the ugly. I love you guys, keep it coming!

Liz xx

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141 Responses to Haters Gonna Hate: 10 Best Hate Comments I’ve Ever Gotten

  1. Wrabbit January 15, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    Great post – fun, honest, and a good way to air out any bad feelings and start the new year fresh! I have only had one really bad hate comment that left me feeling upset: I’d written a post about how my experience with cancer had inspired me to start checking off my travel bucket list (and hence, instigated the beginnings of my blog), and in my post I stated that, to me, cancer was a blessing in disguise. It got me off my butt and made me start doing the things I’d said I’d do ‘someday’. Anyway, I’d assumed that I’d made myself really clear about the ‘blessing in disguise’ thing, but some guy basically threatened to punch my face in because his mom had passed away from cancer. I guess I touched a nerve for him, but honestly, if he’d read my article (rather than just skimmed the title) he would have gotten what I meant. Of course getting cancer isn’t some holiday full of rainbows and sunshine – what am I, an idiot? Read the post! Some people just like to stir up s**t, I think. So ignore the haters, and keep the great posts coming!

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Some people are just idiots! I’ve definitely gotten negative feedback from people who either didn’t read my whole article or have looked at anything else I’ve written. So infuriating! Send me your link, sounds like the inspiring travel sorties I love! Good luck 🙂

  2. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas January 15, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Bahahahahahaha, the bane of any blogger’s existence, indeed! What’s pissing me off are all the spam comments! I did have a blogger angry that I didn’t approve her negative comment right away. Three hours lapsed while I was teaching, and she attacked me on twitter, calling me insecure and immature. It took all I had not to spew hate, so I wrote her a personal email to cal attention to the fact that I had 25 small kids under my responsibility, and that blogging (unfortunately) did not make up part of my morning routine at that time. I don’t get too much negative feedback, honestly, but my first publish print article did draw a lot of criticism (it was a feature on a girl dealing with anorexia at my university). Kinda just fueled the fire, you know?

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      People are bonkers, I can’t even believe that!

    • Not Hemingway's Spain January 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      viagra, cialis, tramadol… No, wait! This is not spam. That is a summary of 2/3rds of the comments I’m getting on my blog these days. Very, very annoying. I’ll take hate posts over bots any day.

      The other day I tried my first Starbucks in Spain. It was a riot. The confusion that ensued when I told the woman I wanted a “café con leche”, but not a latte and not a “café americano” (watered-down espresso)… classic! I wasn’t sure if a “regular” coffee there would be “del filtro” (à la America) or espresso (à la Spain). For nostalgia, it was fun, but it was a bit pricey.

  3. Alana - Paper Planes January 15, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    What I don’t understand about these, or any comments/tweets/updates/etc. that people get so riled up for, is….why? What’s the point? Who has the time or energy to be nailing people for little things that they don’t agree with or don’t find amusing? And if you’re so irritated/angry/shocked by something…why were you spending your time reading and responding to it when you could just click away?

  4. Christine January 15, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    Umm, your responses to these comments are amazing! Love, love, love.

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      Hehehe 🙂 I do what I can. Sarcasm is the name of the game here!

  5. Sara Louise January 15, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    You know you’re big when they start hating on you!
    Somehow I’ve managed to avoid the hate comments with the exception of a couple. The only one that sticks out in my mind was someone going off on me for eating fois gras and how would I like it if someone wanted to eat my precious dog. I reminded her that I live in France, I’ve never been shy about NOT being a vegetarian – especially since my husband’s favorite hobby is eating raw meat, which I blog about often – and while I personally wouldn’t eat dog, some cultures do, and if someone blogged about it, I probably would choose not to read it. Surprisingly, I got an apology in return!
    Enough about me…. this was a fantastic post! I loved your approach to the haters 🙂

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      Haha thanks Sara! Sometimes the hate comments just pop out of nowhere! Like who cares about Starbucks and foie gras?!

  6. kami January 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    this post seriously made my day! I’ve realized long time ago (before I even had a blog) that there’re ALWAYS people who criticize you and your way of living but it’s a hard job to learn not to care about that. now I find this comments only amusing. haters gonna hate, that’s all

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

      Exactly, it’s a hard lesson to learn for me bc I’m usually a people-pleaser but you can’t make everyone happy, and where’s the fun in that?! 😛

  7. Marcos Fiori January 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Haha, that response to caps and gold is genius, it’s exactly what I’d do. Ryanair is balls, you’re welcome to moan about it as well.

    • Marco Fiori January 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Gah! Marco not Marcos.

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      I hate Ryanair and I got a lot of crap for that post but I don’t care even if I was asking for it. There an awful airline and I have no problem complaining about them loudly and publicly

      • Ve March 16, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

        I’ve yet to fly on RyanAir, I used Vueling as my discount airline of choice while living in Spain. Good service and the flight prices seem fairly similar, maybe a little more expensive.

  8. Jennifer January 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    As you said, Liz, you haven’t made it until you have a hate club! Funny post. 🙂

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      Thanks Jen!

  9. Tim Moon January 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm #


    People on the Internet are so weird. But some of us do enjoy your wit, prose, looks and realness. Can’t wait to hear about NZ.

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      Thanks tim 🙂

  10. Arielle January 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    LOVE this (wish I could’ve bolded that too). And kudos to your hysterical responses. People have too much time on their hands and too much hate in their hearts. Keep on with the wonderful and witty posts- can’t get enough!

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      Yay thank you!

  11. Simon January 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Hahaa this is awesome!! I love the dry sarcasm! I’ve had a few pretty bad ones and almost wrote an entire post in response to one but then I decided to press delete instead as I didn’t want to have to reply again after.

    Quality though!

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      You are a bigger person than me. As soon as I saw what she did I ripped her a new one on her blog. Bitchiest thing that’s ever happened to me.

  12. Ella Coquine January 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm #


    The photo of you posing with the Starbucks got me laughing!! Hahaha.

    My gripe is when we make one comment about something not being perfect abroad and that leaves us susceptible to getting attacked (as anonymous of course) in comments. I made the mistake a few weeks ago posting that I was cold and January in general is not my favorite month as I suffer slight seasonal depression. Well that received a few comments saying that I was ungrateful of where I was. We’re human! We’re allowed to miss warm weather, sunshine and to-go coffee! Geez…

    I feel your pain girl… : )

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Exactly! I got so much shit on my hate the teaching program in Spain from people about how I didn’t appreciate Spain! Hello have they looked at my blog? Same thing about not getting paid, like for some reason it’s all ok because we get a European visa. People’s stupidity and narrowmindedness continue to astonish me.

  13. Megan January 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    my objective tonight is to get caught up on blogs and emails. so far so good. and this was a good post to get me started because im laughing so hard i can hardly contain myself right now (im in public).

    this was awesome. i welcome negative comments because sadly, those are the people who are usually giving you the most traffic 😉 im glad you’re not letting it get you down and are getting a good laugh about it. i dont get too much negativity around my blog since i dont write super opinionated stuff all that often…but when i do…it is welcomed because it usually comes when i need a good laugh. i did get called the ‘bergen bitch’ one day and it made me really happy someone took the time to give me a nickname. i was flattered.

    haters will always do their thing. just keep doing yours and putting them in their place by writing kickass posts and contributions to the travel industry. it really is the best way to shut them up and make them feel insignificant.

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

      Did you laugh so hard you peed my pants? Bc that’s actually my ulterior motive here hehe. I used to let these comments get me down but not anymore! I just think they’re funny. I’m determined to have an awesome blog and if that means I’m not pink sugar coating shit 24/7, too bad

  14. Alex @ ifs ands & butts January 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Dude, it’s a total compliment! Controversy is how blogs get big and blogging is all about your OPINION if people don’t realize blogs are opinions then GTFO, they don’t have to read it. I love your responses and let people speak, that’s what the Internet and ‘Murica is all about it, so let it be and realize this comments are few and far between among the thousands you receive. Great post!

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      Perfectly said my friend!

  15. Trevor Huxham January 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Your “slurp slurp sluuuuuurrrrrp” response is the best. I think it’s only natural to talk about what you miss from home while living abroad. And for the record, a café in the small town I’m living in this year advertises “café para llevar / coffee to go” in its windows. Yep.

    And re: the “ghetto” comment—I had to stop using that word after watching Franchesca Ramsey (aka chescaleigh)’s video on YouTube called Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls . In her light-hearted video, Franchesca tries to start a conversation about how we’re often completely unaware that some things we say are actually kind of racist. Long story short, yes, “ghetto” does have negative connotations to it these days and it would be prudent to avoid using that word. But a retaliatory comment, email, and blog post were probably not the best way to enlighten you about word choice. Like you said…haters gonna hate. Oof!

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      Yeah I realized that and that’s what I told her but nope, she was on a tirade. I just had no idea it was not an ok word anymore

  16. John January 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    This is gold! As a new blogger I can only dream of getting this amount of hatred towards me. One day though… day.

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

      You’ll get there! Write some good stuff and be opinionated and it’ll happen haha

      • Flora Baker January 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

        I love that we’re actively desiring of hate comments now! But it definitely does drive the traffic up :p This whole post is utterly hilarious Liz, and congrats for having the nerve to publicise all these strange minded people!

  17. Anne January 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Oh my gawsh I LOVE this post! Thank you for your honesty (and your hilarious responses!)

    I’m a brand new blogger and one of the measures for me to know someone’s actually reading it besides my mom is expecting those hater posts. It’s part of the gig. But you’re dealt with it in such an awesome way.

    I think the funniest thing is the that these people that go on and on about how no one should read your blog, when it’s obvious they’re in fact reading it themselves. Kudos to you for finding humor where others wanna breed hate. It’s very…American of you 😉

    • Liz January 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      Hehe thanks! I get a lot of shit for being American its so strange! Really annoying! Hate comments always happen and you just gotta learn to not take it personally, that’s the hardest part

  18. Jay January 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Love this post & your honest and hilarious answers.

    I never quite understand people who are ridiculously rude and critical on blogs – sure, have an opinion but learn how to state it in a meaningful way.

    By the way – we were just in Seattle and were shocked at the amount of crazies downtown. I think perhaps they outnumbered tourists. It completely surprised us. (I say this after having traveled quite a bit throughout NA, Europe and 2 years in Africa.) With that being said, I’ve never been to Gaza so I can’t make an accurate comparison 😉

  19. Pau January 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Hahaha, I don’t even get haters comments, just randomly someone gets confused and comments me.


  20. Erin January 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    OMG, I so needed this laugh today. May be my favorite blog post…ever. What a great way to make a fun top 10 list and remind us how we are all not alone when it comes to the hate comments…although I have to say writing about food hasn’t garnered me the rotten tomatoes like teaching in Spain got you! 😉 Hope to see you again soon Liz – and thanks for making my day! 😀

    • Liz January 16, 2013 at 11:56 am #

      yay! Thanks Erin!

  21. Ayngelina January 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    If you want to see a doozy of a post with lots of hate comments check this one out:

    My favourite is: ….Its violent, they will steal your jewelry, they will steal your shoe, if u have a sexy thong they will steal that too…

    I am called so many nasty names through the comments here it actually makes me laugh.

    • Erin January 16, 2013 at 1:34 am #

      Ayngelina…being familiar with some aspects of culture here in Belize, I can tell you some of the hateful comments are from people who are just very passionate about their country.Belize City’s rep has helped ruin many aspects of tourism for the country (and btw, it’s not the capital – Belmopan is the capital).

      Many Belizeans are hyper-sensitive about any criticism right now. Crime is definitely high with murders continuing to rise, so the country continues to be in a negative spotlight. I agree there are many aspects of the city that are sleazy and offer nothing to tourists, but I’ve surprisingly had some great times there. Most of the conferences and seminars I attend are in the city, I have a large number of friends who reside there, and there are some great restaurants, bars, and clubs as well. I don’t personally recommend tourists to stay in the city as a base for travel because it does not make sense and there is no reason to run the risk of added danger, but I’m not going to completely dog the city. To be honest, I’ve been more afraid of driving through South Central Los Angeles than Belize City.

      What does surprise me though are the couple comments from other travelers that seem to base the entire country on what Belize City is like. Belize has been like a home to me for 8 years and now it is my home so it saddens me to read people assuming the entire country is like that. I literally just came from a crisis management and perception in the media conference in Guatemala on behalf of the Belize Tourism Board and issues like these are what we are trying to work to correct because one small portion of the country is not representative of the nation as a whole.

      I do hope you return to Belize again someday — I know Lorenzo can be pretty persuasive! 😉

  22. Nick January 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Never fails to amaze how much energy people are willing to expend attacking others and exerting their sense of rightness online. Kind of wondering why Seattle got sandbagged as well… been here 25 years. Its clean, relatively safe, and people are generally very polite.

    • Liz January 16, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      I loved Seattle btw.

      Giza is just a mess. Tourism ruined it and I sort of understand getting attacked for not loving it but at the same time I am 100% honest with everything I write and I am not going to sugar coat a destination either when it rubbed me the wrong way. The whole must be PC about 3rd world countries when writing really pisses me off. I believe in telling it like it is, end of story. Of course I understand the political and social issues that are behind the problems, who doesnt? People are just so touchy!

  23. Lorenzo January 16, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    How do you come up with those witty responses? Lol I love them!

    • Liz January 16, 2013 at 11:55 am #

      I ooze sarcasm, it’s part of my charm 😛

  24. Brianne January 16, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    Ha! This is awesome. I love how you write about the few negative comments you’ve received and then you get like 40 million comments about how awesome you are. Look’s like the truth’s out, Liz. No one can hate you for long, if they can at all. 🙂

    Also, this: It’s my fav. “haters gonna hate” GIF. It’s also a great comeback to any future haters you might have! Haha.

    Miss you & hope you’re doing well. Maybe we can rendezvous somewhere in this country before you go to NZ!

    • Liz January 16, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      Yes please! We need to chat soon! I should be around for a bit longer 😀

      Also, that meme is awesome hehe

  25. Benjamin January 16, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Primero: I fucking love the consistency of your writing now! And it reads so well. Honestly, Will and I spoke about you recently and we both agreed you are the most real, down to earth ‘blogger’ we’ve met.

    Segundo: This is hilarious.

    • Liz January 16, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Um, that makes me so incredibly happy! Best comment ever! Thanks Ben 🙂

      Also, thank you for noticing! I have been working my butt off trying to improve my writing over the past year 😀

    • Jason Arcangeli October 25, 2015 at 4:18 am #

      thanks benny, however, mind your own business! it’s called personal privacy, not public frickin’ forum and gay discussions about other peoples personal lifestyles. Public awreness frickin; pisses me off. how would you like it if everyone knew everything about you and shared it publicly and talked about you without your knowledge or approval. thanks to 911 for ruining our lives and electing a frickin’ asshole like Barak Obama as our President. Democracy sucks! The public can eat a dick! And most of all Apartheid is right and you are all wrong. To the Republic! forever!!!!

  26. Daniel Catalan January 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    That’s what happens when you wear the (expat blog) crown.

    • Kaley [Y Mucho Más] January 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

      True. If you don’t paint everything as sunshine and roses, readers from your adopted country will get offended. I mean, I try really hard not to get offended when people (from other countries) are critical of America. But it’s hard!

      I really love the Starbucks one. That guy was so full of himself. Good God.

  27. Bret @ Green Global Travel January 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I’m ashamed to say I don’t think we’ve gotten more than one or two negative comments in 2 years of running Green Global Travel. I’m guessing the poachers, bureaucrats, corporate polluters and other folks we criticize on a regular basis probably don’t take the time to read a website devoted to ecotourism and environmental conservation.

    • dumbass January 20, 2013 at 2:46 am #

      what the hell is your problem

      • Liz January 24, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

        Hey Dumbass, thanks for your comment!

        **you might want to pick a better name for yourself next time haha

      • miki November 26, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

        lol that member name says it all. Well at least that hater has branded themselves.

  28. Katie January 19, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    hahaha this is a great post! Love how you don’t take it close to heart and just smile at the silly comments!

  29. Erica of Kizzling Around January 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I recently went to Giza and am about to write a post on how seeing the pyramids = not worth all the aggressive, creepy vendors and so I found it especially offensive that someone would say that my hometown, Seattle, is more dangerous and full of creeps. Perhaps this person finds flannel wearing, free trade coffee drinking hipsters roaming through farmer’s markets creepy. In that case, Seattle is full of creeps.

    • Liz January 25, 2013 at 3:25 am #

      haha yeah, Giza has been ruined by tourism, it was not the best part of my trip to Egypt. I just couldn’t get over how I was treated by the men there, it was so degrading.

  30. Ally January 22, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    ha ha nice comebacks. I know exactly what you mean of always thinking about the best comeback later, story of my life! Life should really have a pause button to give you a couple of minutes to think of something witty to say back (I guess we have that with blogging though- we don’t have to respond immediately). I haven’t of yet gotten any negative comments, I have one or two that have a slightly different opinion but I welcome that.

    Ignore all the haters, I’m sure their just jealous anyway!

    • Liz January 25, 2013 at 3:25 am #

      haha I hope so!

      I am so glad someone can relate to the whole comeback thing, I thought it was just me 😛

  31. Josh January 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Good for you! Keep on churning out that opinionated shiz. It’s certainly a winning formula. Makes me realise I should probably be a little more controversial in my posts if I want increased traffic. And I love a good cyberslagging match.

    I’ve neither shit or got off the pot. But I totally dig.

    • Liz January 25, 2013 at 3:26 am #

      Yeah I learned the hard way, controversy=traffic but I’m not big on being controversial just for the sake of being controversial, only when I got some realyl important shit to spill haha, but yeah, put the word “hate” in the title, and you’re gonna get some views and comments

  32. Rachel Ramos January 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Lol, I laughed pretty loud at the office while reading some parts of that great post. To hell with haters..You seem not to care too much which s great. Love your blog.

    • Liz January 25, 2013 at 3:27 am #

      haha I used to care, this post was a step towards me laughing, shrugging it off and moving forward 😀

  33. Kylie January 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    This post is so great! I have a blog too and have gotten several mean comments back on my writing. I got one particularly severe one today and I was a little miffed but I remembered this article and it made me feel better. I think your blog is great. I found you like 2 weeks ago and I love it! Keep writing, keep traveling, keep shining!

    • Liz January 25, 2013 at 3:27 am #

      yay, thanks for such a lovely comment Kylie! Just ignore the meanies, they’re lame, and think of a funny comeback 😛

  34. Diane January 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Hi, new reader here, and I must say I really loved your snarky comments. And the best part is that even if they got you down, you’re still here. People always have opinions and getting them talking is a good thing. I got my first anonymous today saying I was sexist for assuming a little boy was a girl because he was wearing a pink shirt, had a girl’s name and had long hair. But oh well.

    Anyway, enjoyed the post!

    • Liz January 25, 2013 at 3:28 am #

      exactly! No matter what people will always disagree! Glad you liked my post 🙂

  35. Neil Gratton January 27, 2013 at 4:03 am #

    Getting to love your blog 🙂

    Anyway, my 2 céntimos : I’m pretty sure the ‘x camels for your hand in marriage’ is (nowadays) nothing more than a joke they like to have with foreigners, and the best response is anything that shows you get the joke.

    ‘One hump or two?’ …?

  36. Ski Chalets February 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    This gave me a laugh!

    • Liz April 6, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      haha goal = achieved

  37. Evez February 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    haha that’s great. Your come backs are even better 😉

  38. fotoeins | Henry February 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    This post just made my day, but more to the point, your *responses* to the hate-comments made my day. It’s grey and wet today here in Vancouver, Canada (it *is* winter after all), but I think I see the sun shining a little more brightly …

    • Liz February 13, 2013 at 3:15 am #

      haha thanks! I’m glad you like my sarcasm 😛

  39. Steph | February 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Hahaha I think ‘shit or get off the pot’ is an Irish phrase…we sure have a mouth on us! 😛

    My only hate comment on my blog so far has been in response to me saying the street food in Mexico City smells disgusting. Their response “YOU’RE disgusting. If you don’t like it, leave!”. I did! 😀

    • Liz March 6, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      haha glad to know, that phrase baffled me!

  40. Tripsiders March 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    This one funny article and i love it!.;)

    • Liz April 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

      thanks 🙂

  41. Adam March 11, 2013 at 1:10 am #

    Hey Liz,
    I have just come across your blog and must say I am enjoying the brutal honesty of the posts. People are gonna hate no matter what you say or do. Rarely do people want others to become a success. Some people just want to give out about something!

    Keep it up, stay honest and if you have a bad experience, write about it!

    All the best


    • Liz April 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

      Thanks Adam!

  42. March 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Oh my god! This is the funniest article I’ve ever read! sooo funny!!! : )))
    Hey Liz, I’ve just discovered your site and I loved it! It’s inspiring, helpful and funny. You are braaave, no 2 ways about it…
    At we have little audio stories in Spanish, English and French with European accents that can assist people to catch the language faster while listening to a beautiful and intriguing tale
    Hope you like them!

    Thanks! and keep having fun!!


    • Liz April 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

      thanks Elena 😀

  43. American Burd March 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    I love, love, loved this post! Not only could I relate to it, but it made me laugh… very hard. I loved your responses to “the haters”. Thank you very much for putting a smile on my face.

    • Liz April 4, 2013 at 1:13 am #

      wahoo you’re welcome!

  44. Fi April 17, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Haha. We only just started blogging a few months back and are yet to get any hate (must not be cool enough yet) but I watch a lot of YouTube videos, specifically beauty ones, and my god the abuse those poor girls cop for their hair/makeup/outfit/skin/weight/teeth/toes/intestines – you name it, anything is fair game for haters. I fully endorse your decision to list these stupid comments – I hope the people who wrote them see this post and feel horrible for it. People take advantage of the anonymity of the internet to treat people the way they’d never treat a stranger, which is odd because you actually are a complete stranger to them, they just never see it that way. Kia kaha, keep up your awesome work! Aroha from New Zealand 🙂

    • Liz May 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      Ohooo I might be in your neck of the woods very soon!

  45. Ami May 8, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    I am hooked on your blog gurl!
    It resonates with me so much 🙂
    keep on posting!

    • Liz May 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

      Thanks Ami, glad you like it!

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    • Jess July 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      No one is going to agree with all your opinions just as you may not agree with theirs, this does not make them idiots however there is no need for people to be so aggressive and negative in their comments. If only they could construct their comments as well as your posts you might have something to worry about!
      And I love that you say what you think even though it may not be popular! Worrying about pleasing people all the time can actually make them like you less than if you just relax and be yourself, I am guilty of this far too often!
      Smiley Smiley 😉 🙂 :-p

  47. Fi July 25, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    Bloody hilarious. This is probably the third or fourth time I’ve read this post but I enjoy it so much I keep coming back!!

  48. Camila Maria August 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    This has been one of my favorite posts so far!

    Most of the comments were hilarious and a bit uncalled for…but at the same time made me slightly self conscious…I use caps and bold letters..even italics and underlined words sometimes on my blog posts LOL! My blog posts however don’t really have any negative comments..however, my youtube account I get them all the time on this video I posted in response to a Latina who was complaining that “blacks don’t get with latinas” ..guess she wanted an African American guy..and couldn’t get one…but I mentioned how in my experience, I thought it was strange that a black guy wouldn’t be interested in a Latina, and that in my experience, if there’s any hate, it’s the other way around…latinas not wanting to date blacks because of long issues in Latin America when everyone wants you to date “up” and mejorar la raza…by marrying white and rich! Not black! and I got/get a shit ton of hate comments….some talking about me…as a ugly black fat (enter expletive) and I need to shut’s ridiculous…

    Oh, and on the word ghetto…not trying to be offensive or “racist” but in my experience, a lot of white people I know use the word ghetto extremely out of context….like for example as an adjective of something negative, ghetto is a place…and usually bad stuff happens (not always, but not everyone there is bad, scary, violent etc, it’s a lot of corruption there)..but when you describe something using that word…outside of what “the ghetto” is..especially if you’ve never lived in the ghetto…people are gonna look at you funny…and maybe even get offended…thinking “what does this white bread white girl know about the ghetto?” they might not think you even have the right to say it…..there’s also the stigma because ghetto is usually a term used NEGATIVELY to talk about minorities especially Latinos and African Americans. Saying something is ghetto is never a good thing, and when you’ve never had the word thrown at you, or your people…you may not understand people’s sensitivities when someone just throws the word around because your hairdryer broke, now it’s “ghetto” or something ridiculous like that….

  49. Lauren August 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Hi Liz, I’ve been lurking on the Young Adventuress blog and facebook page for a while, but this post just made me feel so much better that I had to comment. I steamed for DAYS after someone commented on one of my blogs calling me “racist.” I kept coming up with lists of reasons why that was ridiculous (many of which involved pointing to my multi-hued and multi-cultured friends), but decided ultimately that crazy people don’t deserve responses. I hit “delete” on the comment and moved on. I’ve also had people grump about my attitude as a bride blogger, but those always make me laugh. There are plenty of bride blogs where everything is rainbows and sausages – that’s not why anyone should come to mine. Sadly, I can’t seem to raise anyone’s ire with WanderFood. Kinda miss it.

  50. The Fundamental Alchemist August 21, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    My blog is only new so I haven’t had any mean comments yet but this is exactly how I’m going to handle it when I do: create a great post that garners more readers off the backs of haters.

    I’m really liking your method of interspersing amusing or inspiring pictures throughout your text. I notice that some of them have sources underneath and others don’t. Do you create some of them yourself? And where do you find the others?

    I read in another post that you’re bad at replying to comments but pleeeeease do reply to this one. I’d really like to know.

  51. bittor September 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    I just found your blog, and there are so many reasons I want to leave this comment here.

    First, I want to excuse my fellow Spaniards. You may have noticed that we have this thing for criticizing our country: we piss on our government, we hate it’s bureaucrats, those from the North don’t like Southerners and vice versa… But oh lord don’t you dare to do the same!! It’s the same principle by which I can kick my brother’s ass everyday, but if you dare to touch one of his hairs, you’ll feel the wrath of a thousand hydras.

    Yeah, Spain is pretty much messed up: the economy is not good, the government is cutting budgets everywhere (and probably auxiliares are not the first priority), and the bureaucracy is as shitty as it gets. That’s not an opinion, that’s a fact. So whoever asks you to leave for pointing this out, is either an idiot, or blind.

    Second, as a Spaniard leaving in your country, I too had to battle against not only stereotypes, but also plain ignorance. I can excuse some of it, at the end of the day, I chose to live in the Southwest, but in a country where our first industry is tourism, where it takes you two hours to fly to a different country with a completely different culture… the farthest I get on a two our flight is Amarillo, TX!!

    Aside from the cultural enrichment, the learning and the memories you create, I guess what I like the most about living abroad is the opportunity it has given me to learn how to adapt to almost any situation and individual, and how to treat both without running to the solitude of my bathroom and crying. That’s cool.

    Well, godspeed, Liz. Godspeed.

  52. Ellen McCarthy October 30, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Well, at least you know people are reading your blog!! I have so few comments that I imagine I’m writing on paper, balling it up and tossing it into the wind.
    I found your story about dealing with the Spanish bureaucracy hysterical…I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to laugh or cry. I’m very empathetic as I went through a lot of what you did. I got paranoid about recording it in my blog. I thought “what if someone from the embassy reads it and they decide to deny my application?” Maybe you can read between the lines, though!
    Aside from the bureaucracy and the weather in northern Spain, I loved it. Even when the California sun is bright and the air balmy, I miss Spain. Next step: renewal of my residence card so I don’t have to go through the f****** application process again!!

  53. Hippie in Heels November 14, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Hi Liz! I have been reading your blog a while, and recently got my first hate-comment. wasn’t actually about my post, just that I’m a lot of cuss words. after a few tears, I remembered I had seen your post on this topic. I came back and re-read and it feels good to know I’m not alone! Even reading everyone’s comments and seeing it happens to other people as well. doesn’t make it any less of a horrible feeling! Thanks for being inspirational and honest on the subject.

  54. Dani November 15, 2013 at 4:55 am #

    Lol why do you care so much about what a small group of people think? Shit’s silly, yo.

    • miki November 26, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

      Like you?

  55. Lizzy December 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Hi, the map of Spain made me laugh. You’re right, haters gonna hate. I must admit though I feel the same way, when someone says something horrible I always get all upset but they only do it cos they’re annonymous on the internet bet if you were talking to them in person they would be too wimpy. Made me laugh as usual. Love it!

  56. Naomi January 9, 2014 at 6:11 am #
    That brought me here… And honestly, you’re the realest blogger i’ve ever found. hahahaa…. Its fun reading some of those comments. And yes, you know you’ve made it when a hate club is formed in the name of stopping you! Good work Liz… 🙂

  57. Bonnie B January 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    I just stumbled upon your blog. You seem so sweet. Anybody who would verbally assault you would probably do the same to a baby unicorn!

    Stay Classy!

    • Liz January 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      mahahahaha love that!

  58. Sarah January 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Wait, you were offered 500 camels in exchange for marriage? I was only offered 100 camels, and I think that might’ve included my sister. No fair 😛

    Fun post, I like it.

  59. Katie April 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    I knew I had read awhile ago about your hater comments! I just posted something that sparked a lot of negativity and it is my first time dealing with this kind of attention/criticism! I have had a knot in my stomach all day, but reading how you deal with it made that knot release-phew! I am very glad I re-found this post- thanks!

  60. Victoria April 20, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    Hiya! I really like your honesty and tongue-cheek-posts. We need more of the same as this is what a good writer and blogging, is all about.
    I like the way that you’ve used the negative stuff to empower you. Well done you!
    btw. I don’t get hate mail thank goodness (lots of spam though..), but I once had somebody who got upset ‘cos I wrote about the journey to my foreign destination. He only wanted to read about the place itself 😉 but isn’t it true that half the story is how you got there. I deleted it!

  61. Riona April 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    I just discovered your blog — I don’t know how I haven’t come across it before! I love your attitude. I find trolls to be one of the most entertaining things about the internet so this post totally cracked me up.

  62. Niki July 13, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    I love your responses!

    500 camels, really??

    Love your blog! Yours has inspired me to give travel blogging a go!

  63. Lindsey August 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    We say “poop or get off the pot” all the time in my family. Maybe it’s a Southernism? Basically, “finish what you are doing or give it up – you’re taking too long.”

  64. Josh (Travel with Bender) August 8, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    The emotions and bold one was my fave. Lol 😀

  65. Lucy August 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    This post is hilarious. I have never seen anything like it onanother blog and I think it’s a great idea. Good for you. It is impossible to please 100% of the people 100% of the time, and why would you ever want to be so boring? Your blog is very interesting, soo inspiring, funny and best of all HONEST! I also really love your photos. So keep doing exactly what you’re doing otherwise I will write you a shitty anonymous comment about how you’ve sold out.

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