This wasn't exactly an exchange as such as I am pretty sure Ellen De Generes can't hear me through the TV screen but it did have my best friend and I going "You are doing what?! Are you totally insane"
She had a lovely old lady on her show who had given her retirement over to helping people in her community. Everyone loved her and had written into the show to see if she could be one of the people Ellen gives prizes like new cars or holidays to. So after a run down of all this woman's good deeds Ellen asks her what long held dream she had and this dear old lady mentioned she had always wanted to go to the Solomon Islands. Heck knows why because it is a dump. Ellen then annouces "Well we are sending you to the Solomon Islands for a week!" and the crowd starts cheering and going crazy.
We started going crazy too as that dear old lady was going to get herself killed. Not only is it a dump it is also one of the most dangerous places on earth at the time in the middle of a civil war had zero tourism. Troops from Australia and New Zealand were there on Peace Keeping missions and my BF's ex who was a cop in the Armed Offenders Squad had got back from there saying it was hell on earth. They may as well have sent her to Mogadishu.
Our brains were just about exploding that no one in the production staff had even thought to do a check on where they were sending this woman, which was basically certain doom, as well as the fact the woman herself had not even thought of finding out a tiny bit more about the place herself.
Not getting into the "bucket list" conversation (btw, an expression completely new to me); but dare I venture the opinion that -- like beauty -- awfulness and dump-ish-ness may be in the eye of the beholder? Clearly, you and people who you know, are convinced that the Solomon Islands are a nightmarish place; but there are a fair number of countries on earth where much squalid / horrible / violent / dangerous stuff goes on, but which also have positive aspects that attract some people to visiting those countries. I'd expect that the Solomon Islands have devotees, who would give you views contrary to your total dismissal of the place.
Picking up on your "zero tourism" comment: I would imagine that going to the Islands concerned as a tourist, is not actually forbidden -- if that situation obtained, it's hard to envisage everyone concerned with the show being so clueless as to be unaware of such a fact. And do you have actual proof that the dear old lady knew nothing about her planned destination, but just vaguely fancied the idea? I'd think it possible that she knew about the "downside" to the place, and the risks, but had compelling reasons for wanting to go anyway.
I would suggest, respectfully: that your holding a very strong opinion on a topic does not necessarily mean that all who do not wholeheartedly share that opinion, are fools or "off on another planet".