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Beware: tourists not welcome here
Posted on 02/01/2019


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All is well and good when traveling the globe, but not everywhere welcomes tourists with open arms. These are some of the world's most popular tourist spots that locals are not so happy about!

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  • Koh Khai Islands, Thailand
    Koh Khai Islands, Thailand

    Once a gap year staple for many a backpacker, this island's colorful coral display is now off limits to tourists. Visits here were banned in 2016 following reports that 80% of the island's reefs have degraded due to tourist activity. So it's no surprise that if you're a backpacker, locals will not be best pleased to see you!

  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

    For you selfish humans out there, of course an archipelago with one of the world's most fragile ecosystems would seem like the perfect holiday destination. But the high concentration of endemic flora and fauna found here would beg to differ!

    Faced with an already growing population and extreme weather conditions, tourism is the last thing the Galapagos Islands need right now.

  • Santorini, Greece
    Santorini, Greece

    Crystal blue waters, whitewashed buildings and serene sunsets, Santorini is the destination of dreams for couples. But with 10,000 of them arriving each day by cruise ship in peak season, Santorini is far from peaceful for those who call this island home!

  • Machu Picchu, Peru
    Machu Picchu, Peru

    A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983, this hotspot is a must-see for visitors in Peru, but not all are welcome! Many are simply not satisfied with the spectacular views of these ancient ruins. Taking matters in to their own hands they climb structures that are off limits, destroy the floor and some even steal stones! It's these disrespectful tourists that are ruining things for the rest of us.

  • Cinque Terre, Italy
    Cinque Terre, Italy

    As tourists we love everything Italy has to offer, from its delicious food to its lavish language. But the inhabitants of the incredibly picturesque Cinque Terre do not feel the same way about the town's visitors! Since February 2016, the number of tourists here have been capped following fears of a lack of space. Has the world's love for Italy gone too far?


Whether it's rowdy party goers, selfie-stick users, or overcrowded landmarks, today we are traveling more than ever before and certain places have had enough! The era of overtourism is in full swing. From herds of cruise passengers arriving in Venice everyday to millions of tourists damaging Australia's Great Barrier Reef, locals living in these hotspots are not best pleased.

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