While several tourism boards and governments around the world have put measures in place to reduce overtourism, there are also plenty of destinations that are wide open to visitors. Here are five of them.
Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean only gets about 50K visitors per year and is therefore unfailingly authentic. No streams of tourists and glitzy hotels (although there are some luxury resorts dotted around the island), but lots of low-key guesthouses
and plenty of pigs running around in the streets. Just like Fiji and the Cooks, Tonga boasts an abundance of pristine beaches and plenty opportunities for snorkelling and diving.
One of the Dutch Antilles, this island only has around 2000 inhabitants and is one of the least visited islands in the Caribbean. It boasts plenty of mountainous hiking trails, secluded beaches and acclaimed diving sites. There are no franchise bars
or restaurants, which helps the island to retain its authentic culture.
While largely closed to tourism till 2011, the country of Myanmar has retained much of its natural beauty and cultural heritage without the throngs of tourists flooding the sights. Expect to find glimmering stupas and towering pagodas in Bagan, traditional
fishermen and stilted houses in Lake Inle and colonial houses and historic buildings in Yangon.
Bangka and Belitung Islands
While the Indonesian island of Bali keeps pulling in more tourists every year, there are many other Indonesian islands that have been unaffected by mass-tourism. The Sumatran islands of Bangka and Belitung for example remain untouched offering pristine beaches that are whiter than the ones in Bali and marine wildlife that is more diverse.
Due to the country’s controlled tourism policy, the Himalayan country of Bhutan has prevented itself from being overrun by mass tourism. It has managed to keep its authenticity and rich cultural identity by reducing the influx of foreign visitors
and influences. Visitors can only travel to Bhutan by booking a trip through an authorised tour operator and by paying a daily fee that includes accommodation, food and transport.