Many places around the world wish that they could attract a better tourism industry. Having people constantly visiting your town or city is a surefire way of inflecting some much-needed cash into the local economy. However, not every destination around the world is so enamored of the tourists that these destinations attract.
In fact, there are a number of supremely popular tourist destination wherein the locals would just as soon be done with all the tourists who clog their streets every day. Sure, their happy to have the money that a booming tourism industry brings, but having to contend with certain things can just make the trade off too unappealing.
On the list below, we’re going to take a look at 10 popular destinations around the world where the locals are sick to death of tourists. Now, we’re not saying that you shouldn’t visit these places! However, if you do find yourself at any of these destinations, be sure to keep what we’ve got to tell you below in mind. It just might make the difference between a positive experience with the locals and a negative one!
1. Oxford, England
When you really want to connect with the spirit of England, you can’t do much better than Oxford.
2. The Traffic!
But, when tourists descend upon Oxford during the Summer and early Fall months, the city becomes almost uninhabitable.
3. Venice, Italy
What’s not to love about the romance of Venice, with its stunning canals and its incredible architecture?
4. Cruise Ships
Well, if you’re a local, then you’re sick of all of those cruise ships showing up and ruining the old-world beauty.
Speaking of Canals, Amsterdam is home to some of its own, as well as some great places to eat and drink.
6. 420 Life
But, we’d be lying to you if we told you that the locals aren’t getting sick of all the weed tourism… (And also the foreigners checking out the red-light district.)
7. Machu Picchu
When you’re looking to really see the sights of the world, Machu Picchu is definitely making the list.
8. You and Everyone Else
That’s why the Peruvian government has recently taken steps to limit the number of tourists who can visit this UNESCO World Heritage site every year.
9. Mount Everest
And when it comes to thrill seekers and adventurers, it’s Mount Everest that is the sum of all things.
10. Stop Dying!
It’s just that so many amateurs attempt to summit Mount Everest, dying along the way, that’s leading to new laws and curtailment of tourism here.
11. Phoenix, Arizona
This city is now home to an incredible culinary scene and offers easy access to some truly incredible places…
12. Florida of the West
But, it’s also become a place that fills up with retirees during the cooler months, something that locals are beginning to resent.
13. New York City
The City that Never Sleeps! The Big Apple! If you can make it here, well then you can make it anywhere!
14. I’m Walking Here!
Just make sure you keep your touristy traits to yourself, because New Yorkers do not suffer ‘fools’ gladly.
15. Koh Khai Islands
Ah, the natural splendor of this tropical destination with its tropical flair and its beautiful coral reefs!
16. You’re Ruining It!
Well, it’s those coral reefs that have become something of a sticking point, as tourism as caused incredible damage. Tourists are now banned from them!
17. Santorini, Greece
Whenever you check out pictures of vacations in the Greek Isles, you’re most likely scoping pictures of Santorini.
18. No Photos, Please
But if there’s one thing the locals are sick of, it’s scantily clad foreigners taking selfies on themselves all over town for Instagram.
19. Galapagos Islands
It’s the place that inspired Charles Darwin, as its home to an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.
But, the tourism industry here could afford to be curtailed, as its beginning to have a negative effect on this region’s natural beauty.