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Overtourism remains a hot topic within the travel industry, but while tourism brings a lot of good things to local communities as well, there are some destinations that could possibly use a little break from receiving visitors. Here are some examples.

 

Venice

Tourists-drowned Venice has been battling with the influx of visitors for years now. When a €43 receipt from a café for 2 coffees and 2 bottles of mineral water went viral last year, it highlighted the fact that tourist traps have mushroomed in the Italian city.

 

Barcelona

Local residents have taken to street protests to show they’re fed up with the huge numbers of tourists flocking to the Catalan capital which has resulted in local authorities taking measures to reduce visitor numbers. And while the allure of a cosmopolitan city by the sea is strong, why not visit nearby cities Girona and Tarragona which will allow you to discover the real Catalonia?

 

6 destinations struggling with overtourism

 

Amsterdam

When even the tourists are saying there are too many tourists, you know there’s a problem. While city officials and the tourism board for Amsterdam have taken numerous measures to generate more interest in surrounding areas of the capital, it might be worth doing the same when visiting the Netherlands. Cities like Utrecht, Rotterdam and Leiden are equally lovely.  

 

Machu Picchu   

Originally built for only 750 people this UNESCO world heritage listed site is now visited by millions of people each year. For many the Inca ruins remain something to tick off the bucket list, and the government has taken measures to reduce visitor numbers in order to preserve the ancient ruins.  ‘Only’ 10,000 people are allowed to visit every day and if you do, you’ll have to follow the rules and stay on designated paths and keep off the ancient walls as they’ve been trampled on by enough tourists already. There are alternatives like Choquequirao (which got just 16 visitors in 2016) or Chachapoyan ruins in northern Peru. 

 

Bali

The tropical Indonesian island remains a popular destination as it’s got both beaches and culture. However, the island’s infrastructure is having a hard time coping with the ever growing influx of visitors, especially in the area around Kuta, which seems to be growing every year. However, the islands’ northern and western parts also cater to tourist, but it also managed to retain more of its local culture and has a far more laidback feel to it.

 

Iceland

The same goes for the island nation of Iceland. Most people visiting will stay in the southwest area of the country visiting the capital Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. But venture away from the busy tourist attractions and you will find glaciers, waterfalls and lava caves in its many largely untouched national parks.

 

6 destinations struggling with overtourism

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