Traveling solo can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! In fact, it can be quite a liberating experience, but to make the most of it, we definitely need to be prepared.
1. Know before you go.
Sometimes arriving in a new place with no plan can be fun, but as a solo traveler, you want to sort out all the details so you can avoid any potential risk. Things like exchange rates, locations, and local customs are essential, and you should also research the Political climate. For example, if we were planning a trip to Cuba, and learned the internet is tricky and there is an added charge for bringing American cash into the country, we would download local maps before we arrive.
2. Practice self-love.
Life is a lot easier when you enjoy your own company too, so naturally, if you take proper care of yourself, solo travel will also be more rewarding. Take care of yourself by focusing on eating well, exercising, and doing more of what makes you feel good. When you are in connection with your body and your own personal needs, your traveling experience will flow easier. Traveling is sometimes exhausting, so you want to make sure that you are well-rested and ready for the big trip ahead!
3. Stay open-minded.
Traveling solo is like a master class on self-awareness. You learn how to thrive outside of your comfort zone as you try new things, explore new places, and meet new people. It certainly is one of the best ways to learn about who you really are and what you value most. Keeping an open mind when you travel is key to getting the most out of your experience. Everything we can expose ourselves to can give us more perspective in life, whether it’s a different culture, way of life or set of values, it all can contribute to us creating a life that we really want.
40+ Characters Who Ruined Great TV Shows
Rachel Berry – Glee
It is rather unfortunate how a character like Rachel Berry, who was often found to be in the center of the show, was so infuriating, manipulative, self-indulgent, and snobbish. Fans have even admitted to skipping her parts toward the later seasons due to how insufferable she becomes. The show does make her unlikeable and a more polarizing character with all her negative traits, but some fans commented that she is the core concept of what it means to strive to achieve one’s dreams.
Ted Mosby – How I Met Your Mother
Many fans think the show did well despite the presence of the irritating protagonist. Not only does he take an exceedingly long time to reveal the actual story to his kids (Nine whole years! Who does that?), but the entire story starts to seem less about how he met their mother, and more about how he couldn’t get over his ex-girlfriend. In his relationship with his other girlfriends on the show, he often comes off as overly needy, and super sensitive too. Fun fact: There’s a website titled tedmosbysucks.com, where the fans spew their hatred towards the character.
Skyler White – Breaking Bad
Skyler White is the wife of the show’s protagonist Walter White. Her rational stance and solid voice made her one of the most hated characters in TV show history. In the earlier seasons, she tries to stop her husband from getting involved in any shady business, only to be derided by the fans for being “a nag, a ball-and-chain, a shrew.” She did make a few missteps along the way, but she still got the most hate in a show where there are many other characters with very questionable moral compasses.
Nathan Riggs – Grey’s Anatomy
Ellen Pompeo herself thinks that the reason behind all the backlash that Nathan Riggs’ character got is how poorly-conceived the role was. Derek Shepherd had served as Grey’s love interest for a long time on the show. After his departure, the arrival of Riggs was just way too soon for the fans to wrap their heads around. The audience started to express this disappointment in the writers of the show for suddenly writing the character in, and as a result, he was written out in 2017.
Priya Koothrappali – The Big Bang Theory
Priya Koothrappali, the younger sister of Raj Koothrappali, who’s one of the more liked characters on the show, couldn’t earn the same reputation for herself as her brother. She develops a relationship with Leonard in Season 4 of the series, unintentionally turning into an antagonist for coming in the way of “Lenny.” Although her character is shown to be talented and smart, she is also shrewd and often seen to be manipulating Leonard. Not only that, but she also cheats on him with her ex-boyfriend! The couple does break up in the fifth season.
Wesley Crusher – Star Trek: The Next Generation
Crusher was mostly a character that fans had a neutral perspective about from Seasons 1 to 4. Noticing the audience’s icy reaction to him, he appeared much more sporadically throughout the next three. It was difficult for fans to digest the concept of a “genius kid” for a show as scientific and polished as Star Trek: The Next Generation. The writers failed to bring a certain magic to the character. That, along with Will Weaton’s Californian accent, made Crusher come off as snide and smug.
Nikki and Paolo – Lost
When talking about unlikeable couples that didn’t make sense, this one will definitely make the cut. Nikki and Paolo’s storyline didn’t align with the rest of the castaways, and despite what the producers had hoped, the couple was never able to redeem themselves. Before arriving on the island, both of them had murdered someone. The two had a short run on the show Lost before they met their end by being paralyzed by spiders, later being buried alive.
Tate Langdon – American Horror Story
Tate Langdon was truly a sadist of the highest degree. It was understandable when he ended the life of Larry for destroying his deformed brother, but nothing excuses how he decided to attack a gay couple, conduct a school offensive, and brutalize women. He literally destroys his entire family like it’s not a big deal, and also brings chaos upon the Harmons daily without batting an eyelash. His character lacks the obvious depth of the other characters, and he comes off as pathetic, creepy, and disgusting – not appealing to the fandom at all.
Madison ‘Badison’ Murphy – Orange Is the New Black
We’ve seen fans come together to celebrate their adoration for characters on TV shows, but Madison brought the fandom together in its hatred of her. The main antagonist of Season 6, Madison, or self-named “Badison,” was a character that fans flat-out hated. Unlike the other villains on the show whom the audience low-key (sometimes, high-key) appreciated, Madison was despised for her selfishness and snobbiness. The Guardian even titled her as “the most annoying character on television.”
Andy Bernard – The Office
Andy was a rather hilarious character at first, opening up a lot of comedic opportunities for his fellow characters. However, as time went on, fans started to find themselves cringing at his character development. He was often annoying to his employees and his girlfriend, Eren. Many fans think that the writers were trying to create a knock-off Michael, which didn’t sit well, as Michael was literally revered (still is) for his personality. Some of his actions toward the end of Season 9 give such secondhand embarrassment that people can’t watch it without frowning.
Tokyo (Silene Oliveira) – Money Heist
Tokyo (later revealed to be Silene Oliveira) is extremely self-centered and wouldn’t mind messing up the entire team’s plans, potentially risking their lives, for her own benefit. She is constantly pointing her weapon at people without putting in an ounce of thought. After a while, it’s just annoying watching her on the screen, and she starts seeming like a liability more than an addition to the heist. She is simply too dumb to be trusted with a plan that intricate and complex.
Castiel – Supernatural
More on the hit or miss side, Castiel got hate from the fans for agreeing to some pretty destructive things. Sure, he had his funny moments, but fans would agree that he messed up plenty of times. Castiel had many different sides to him. The time he absorbed the souls of the Leviathans and announced himself as “God” made that version less-likable. Another time when he was heavier on the hate was when he agreed to let Lucifer take over his body. Overall, he made some rather questionable choices.
Reagan Lucas – New Girl
Reagan Lucas is that one super attractive, smart, confident, but inexpressive character in New Girl who fans love to hate. Reagan is straight-forward and no-nonsense, but she uses it in all the wrong ways. She belittles Schmidt, pins Nick and Winston against each other by offering herself as a prize in an attempt to prove a point, and she’s rudely judgmental. The biggest issue: she stood in the way of Jess and Nick, who were obviously meant for each other!
Ani Anchola – 13 Reasons Why
One of the key reasons why Ani got so much hate was that when she was brought into the story, a lot of other characters who were still present could have used some development. Even so, it wouldn’t have been that bad if she wouldn’t constantly act like a know-it-all. 13 Reasons Why doesn’t ease the fandom into getting to know her, and her constant meddling in the lives of the other characters just isolates her from everyone else.
Billie Jenkins – Charmed
Billie appeared in the first episode of the eighth season and was never really liked by the fans. The producers had a tight budget back then, and fans felt like they wasted it on two random characters instead of the ones that enhanced the storyline, like Prue, Darryl, Cole, or Leo. Billy started making poor decisions rather early on in the series, which is why the fans weren’t invested in her character. Things got worse when she switched to the dark side after reuniting with her evil elder sister, Christy.
Ramsay Bolton – Game of Thrones
Ramsay Bolton was persistently barbaric and one hell of a sadist with little to no redeemable qualities. The grim scenes of him torturing Theon scarred the fans and were the low points of the entire season. He was mostly hated for the innumerous (and disgustingly brutal) on-screen crimes that included ending the life of his own father, step-mother, and step-brother, attacking Sansa Stark, bumping off Rickon Stark right in front of Jon Snow, and feeding people to his dogs.
Dawn Summers – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy’s sister on the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawn Summers, received such a frosty reaction from the audience that it dulled the plotline to an extent. She herself was a potential slayer, but the fans didn’t invest in her, mostly because of the sudden change of momentum in Season 5. She’s constantly whining and complaining about something or the other. Although she was suffering from an identity crisis from staying in her sister’s shadow the whole time, the audience didn’t cut her slack for this.
Randy Pearson – That ‘70s Show
The fans are divided into two when it comes to opinions on the eighth season of That ‘70s Show. One group hates Randy Pearson; the other just hates the whole season. Randy worked at the record store with Hyde and dated Donna during the season. He was this weird (and unsuccessful) combination of Kelso and Eric, both of whom had left the show. Fans didn’t warm up to Randy because they missed Aston Kutcher, who used to play Eric. So, Pearson received hate from the moment he appeared on the show.
Nellie Bertram – The Office
Nellie Bertram was widely abhorred by the audience during her appearance in the eighth season on The Office. After all, she was the one who caused Andy to lose his job on the show. Nellie is seen as an outcast in the tight-knit community of the office, and an awfully petty boss. During Season 9, she can be seen making amends with Andy, which is why fans started to warm up to her in the very last season.
Lindsey Strauss – One Tree Hill
You know a character is bad when fans rewatch the show but skip the entire season containing the character. Lindsey Strauss is a needless addition to the ensemble. Watching her was painstaking, to say the least. She would later go on to publicly humiliate Peyton for just saying that she might not like Lindsey – to her friends, in private! She also seemed too cruel when she rushed to Brooke’s store to announce her engagement even though she knew Brooke is best friends with Peyton. Then to ask her to make her wedding dress? Petty and pathetic!
Cole Aaronson – Scrubs
It’s almost like Cole Aaronson’s character was custom-built for the fans to despise. Right from the beginning, he is seen as an insolent, rich, arrogant intern who only got the job because the hospital was built by his rich parents. The worst thing about his character is how he constantly hit on Denise and expected to get away with it due to his parents’ stature. The character did have some comical moments, but it wasn’t redeeming enough for the fans to even remotely warm to him.
Marina Nunier – Elite
Marina Nunier only lasted a single season in the show Elite before she had her life violently ended as a result of her own actions. Marina is portrayed as a weird mix between “often shrewd, often dumb as soup,” selfish, and a big opportunist. She developed a relationship with Samuel only to get to his brother, Nano, who also gets her pregnant. She also blackmailed her teacher, didn’t reveal her illness to Nano, and took reckless decisions because it seemed like she got a real kick out of them. The series is certainly better off without her.
Marc Brendanawicz – Parks and Recreation
The devotion that fans show towards Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope is mainly fueled by their hatred of Marc Brendanawicz, who appeared on the show for two years as Leslie’s “unrequited love.” He is truly one heck of a black hole when it comes to charisma, and the very evident oddball in an otherwise outstanding cast. He brushed Leslie off even though she had a massive crush on him. Thankfully, he was taken out of the script after the end of Season 2 and was never mentioned again.
Lila Tournay – Dexter
Lila is the main antagonist in Season 2 of the TV show Dexter. She was a sociopath who frequented support groups in order to experience emotions she was incapable of feeling vicariously. She meets Dexter Morgan there and becomes obsessed with him. Lila is not a sane character and brings chaos every time something isn’t going according to her plan. She literally destroyed her apartment and endangered lives because Dexter wouldn’t pick up her calls. She’s just a disturbing character to watch unfold.
Declan Porter – Revenge
It’s rather hard to love a character when the only thing he does is whine and yell at everyone. Declan Porter was such an annoying and grating character that didn’t even have a life goal! What was he doing there? Blame him for pettily stealing lobsters from another fisherman, or for actually shouting his father to death, Declan somehow made bad situations worse; he was almost gifted at it. At least he was good at something.
Stephanie Mills – All in the Family
Although it seemed that the writers had brought in this child character with very special motives, that did not guarantee the fans’ affection for her. After her substance-using father mercilessly abandoned her at the Bunkers doorsteps, Stephanie Miller started living with her uncle Archie Bunker and his wife, Edith Bunker. Fans thought that she unbalanced the family’s dynamic. However, some other fans felt that bringing her into the show helped the characters, like opening up Archie to a liberal perspective.
Screech – Saved by the Bell: The College Years
Screech was such an adored character in the original Saved By The Bell version that all that heat and hatred that he received when he came back for Saved by the Bell: The College Years is rather sad. Whether it was him appearing at inconvenient moments, or just him never heading anywhere with his life, Screech ended up being the target of fan hatred. The actor who played Screech, Dustin Diamond, commented that the writers of the show purposely destroyed his character.
Criss Chros – 30 Rock
Criss Chros wasn’t necessarily an annoying or overbearing character; he just didn’t add a lot to the show. The fans thought that Liz Lemon could do way better, which is another reason for the hatred he received. The season in which he appeared was already getting a lot of backlash on Twitter, but a lot of fans agreed that it was nice seeing Liz with someone more “normal,” and not someone so “perfect” or overachieving. The good-natured hot dog vendor couldn’t really engage the audience.
Rory Gilmore – Gilmore Girls
Rory was supposed to be the character that everyone roots for from start to finish. Unfortunately, to the fans’ dismay, with time, she only got worse. Despite her “golden girl” image, she makes a lot of despicable decisions, like sleeping with Dean, although he was married. Rory starts becoming extremely stuck-up and increasingly spoiled, mooching off her family. Her relationship with her mother, Lorelai takes sharp turns and goes from good to bad, to just sad. On top of that, she also announced her pregnancy on her mother’s long-awaited wedding day, making sure the attention is on her.
Victor Clemente – ER
Another character that made fans go, “what’s the point of having him/her here?” was Victor Clemente, who failed to develop any sort of relationship with his colleagues (and the fans, for that matter) on the 12 episodes he appeared in. He’s the perfect definition of a “jump the shark” character. His storyline consisting of his own flame and her aggressive, dirty cop husband was really arbitrary. Since he wasn’t on the season long enough, fans were the least concerned about the baggage he brought along.
Dana Brody – Homeland
This character is just so stereotypical and streamlined that fans couldn’t bring themselves to take an interest in her. Sulky, dramatic teen Dana’s father was accused of terrorism, so it was logical how she spent the entire first season gathering her angst. Even though Dana started to fade into the background after a while, the show Homeland decided to drag her story farther. You can guess it – fans couldn’t care less. She was ultimately forgotten.
Jody Kimball-Kinney – The Mindy Project
The proper-but-somewhat-sleazy Southern doctor Jody Kimball-Kinney was a weird addition to the show. The fans could never really accept how forced and unnatural his romance with Mindy seemed. Sure, opposites attract, but at what cost here? During her blooming romance with Jody, Mindy’s ex-husband Danny pops into the mix. The relationship was painful and tiresome to watch because the audience hadn’t even seen her process the fall from Danny. Jody is the human version of a mint julep and nothing else.
Cousin Rose – Downton Abbey
Although she grew on the fandom slowly over time, Rose was an erratic addition to the last few episodes of the third season. The introduction of the character at such a time was quite vexing as the universally adored Sybil had just passed away. Cousin Rose seemed merely like a shadow of any other Downton Abbey character. Although we love how she had progressive opinions on matters like transracial relationships, her irksome younger years are a hard pass.
Ricardo Diaz – Arrow
Diaz’s character was one that was simply disappointing. Unlike his predecessor Prometheus, Diaz had very little shades to his personality. He was just a two-bit thug, rising to power by using brute force, not an ounce of wit, which is completely different from what had been expected from the descendent of Prometheus. Another reason why he seemed totally unworthy would be the time he won by cheating in a one-on-one clash with Oliver.
Juliette Le Gall – The Affair
You would not expect a French Medieval studies professor to be as dumb as a doorknob; enter Juliette Le Gall. Noah’s post-prison romantic interest had a husband with Alzheimer’s back in Paris. Clearly written in the story to fill in the gaping hole left by cast member Ruth Wilson, Juliette had very little relevance to the story’s plot for the audience to give a hoot about her problems – especially during Noah’s psychotic break (the time he first started showing signs of psychological issues).
Chef Rudy – Mom
Chef Rudy’s promiscuous character would fit into any other vulgar sitcom, but it was just way out of place with Mom, a series that revolved around sober living. Chef Rudy is a regular in Seasons 1 and 2, but more of a recurring character after that, which made the fans realize how much the dramedy had grown after each appearance. The issue here might be that he was okay – almost too okay, but not memorable enough to be brought back.
Emily Fields – Pretty Little Liars
For Emily, the writers must have run out of ideas, because, clearly, what happened to her character was disappointing. If there’s a black sheep in the show’s power dynamics, it would be Emily. Yes, she is nice, but she also has an annoying (and life-threatening) tendency to trust the wrong people. Her lack of sense to navigate around a stealth investigation or stakeout got irritating and repetitive after a while. It’s also quite pathetic how she fell for any woman that showed the slightest interest in her. Emily needed some major character development.
Oliver Trask – The O.C.
The first season of this show was a pretty wild ride, but it hit a major speedbump with the introduction of the character Oliver Trask. This seemingly average therapy patient develops an obsession for Maria, and it’s cartoonish at best. His childish villainy made Ryan look like a self-centered jerk in front of his friends and family. Overall, this character was too much to handle, even for The O.C. To the fandom’s relief, he was taken to a rehabilitation center before his actions could cause much damage.
Linda Shelby – Peaky Blinders
When this character was first introduced in Season 3, there wasn’t a single hit of violence in her – definitely no sign that she could be driven to murder someone one day. As days went on, she did seem to enjoy the debauchery. Still, when she attacked the father of her children, succumbing to the years of trauma she had been put through, it was very obvious that she misread the situation when she thought she wouldn’t get ensnared in the trap of Peaky Blinders. The vast majority of the fandom wanted her to be written out of the show.
Joffrey Baratheon – Game of Thrones
This is a very controversial entry on the list, as some would say the writers made him too unwatchable, while some would argue that he brought a certain element of thrill into the series. Nevertheless, Joffrey Baratheon was an arrogant, savage, sadistic, grating, spoilt, cowardly, pathological liar king with a disturbing bloodlust. Joffrey relies on lies to keep his hand on the throne and is just too annoying to watch if you’re not an ardent lover of the series. Seriously, how can one person be this much of a megalomaniac without even a convincing backstory or redeeming trait?!
Andrea – The Walking Dead
Andrea starts off as an interesting character; one fans would be invested in. However, the tables turn on her rather quickly in Season 3 when she decides to join Team Governor, resulting in the diminishing of the majority of her agency. Joffrey relies on lies to keep his hand on the throne and is just too annoying to watch if you’re not an ardent lover of the series. Seriously, how can one person be this much of a megalomaniac without even a convincing backstory or redeeming trait?!
Coach – New Girl
We wouldn’t really say that Coach ruined New Girl, but he did give it his best shot in Season 3. The highlight of the pilot season in 2011, Coach’s character went from hilarious to intrusive in seconds when he entered the loft. Suddenly, it became overcrowded, and it changed the relationship dynamics between the roommates more than Jess/Nick’s involvement ever did. The writers tried something awkward in the middle where he was seen romancing Schmidt’s ex-girlfriend Cece, but thankfully, it didn’t last. He subsequently moved out at the tail-end of Season 4.
Emily Waltham – Friends
Emily begins dating Ross Geller in the middle of Season 4, and they can be seen rushing into marriage shortly after. The hatred for this character started right off from when she wanted Ross to move with her to London, leaving everyone and everything he’s ever known behind. She also asks him to stop seeing Rachel because she was jealous of Ross and Rachel’s previous relationship. After Ross says Rachel’s name at the altar, it was very clear as to who he really wanted to be with, and fans just exploded with hatred for Emily as she was getting in their way.
Marnie Michaels – Girls
Sure, Marnie was relatable, but that didn’t stop everyone in the fandom from hating on her. Marnie was constantly making wrong choices but tried to hide it with an attractive facade. Her need to be liked by everyone in her presence gets so grating that the fans hated her for giving them subtle reality checks. Her attempts to redeem herself by becoming a singer seemed ridiculous. Still, she’s a character that represents a lot of people with her constant need to be on the top.
Brandon Foster – The Fosters
The TV show The Fosters has such a cult following that even a disgusted vermin like Brandon would find it difficult to tarnish its reputation. Brandon is almost like a white noise machine, annoying the audience every time he popped onto the screen. He’s ego-centric and the living embodiment of evil (although no one in the show sees it). He would even go as far as sleeping with his father’s girlfriend and showed no shame for it. Brandon acts as though he has a pass that lets him slide from one lousy mistake to another – a truly insufferable character.
Kate Pearson – This Is Us
Fans had a rather unique reason to justify their disliking for Kate Pearson. They felt that even though Kate can be considered a very “real life” character, it didn’t make for a good presence in the show. Her very “real” characteristic traits make her self-absorbed and poor at communication. Not a lot is memorable or exciting about her character. Fans tend to sympathize with her but don’t enjoy seeing her story unfold at this point.
Scrappy Doo – Scooby-Doo
This was probably the first time the audience hated a wee puppy on the silver screen. The nephew of beloved character Scooby-Doo, Scrappy-Doo, was added to the show in the ’70s and ’80s versions when it was going through a rating slump. Initially, people did like the character, but their minds changed very soon. Scrappy Doo is seen as frustrating and often plain rude. Later, however, he was made into the antagonist in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie.
Cousin Oliver – The Brady Bunch
Cousin Oliver became such a cursed and hated character in the entire TV show industry that it led to the creation of “Cousin Oliver Syndrome,” depicting the TV trope of presenting a young, new character for a long-running show that needs some spice. However, this one can account for ruining the show. Cousin Oliver was less a normal child and more a disaster magnet. Causing problems wherever he’d set foot, he destroyed the balance of the show, as it started to revolve solely around the family cleaning up his messes after him.
Seven – Married…With Children
Similar to any long-running show, this one also has a case of “adding a character to add spice: gone wrong.” The seventh child of Zemus Wanker and Ida Mae, Seven was dropped off at the Bundy’s doorstep by his parents amid season seven. The comic chemistry between the two mains had already been locked down by that time, and having a hyperactive child running around the house at all times added little to this development. Later on, his face can be seen on a milk carton titled “missing,” but it doesn’t seem to bother the Bundy’s.
Cindy Snow – Three’s Company
After the departure of fan-favorite Suzzane Somers in season five, producers threw in Cindy Snow to fill in the void, but it failed miserably. Without any considerable character development and convincing addition to the series, Cindy just seemed like a dumb, irritating, clumsy blonde – causing the fans to get tired of her way too soon. The character was written into the series during a major drama, which also contributed to the hatred.