For many communities around the globe, the idea of becoming a hotspot for tourists is something to be desired. When you’ve got people coming from all over the world to check your community out, you’re getting an influx of cash that otherwise wouldn’t be there!
However, just because tourism can be a boon for a local economy, that doesn’t mean that locals are always enthused about having tourists around. In fact, there are some very popular destinations around the globe that would just as soon find their ways off the bucket lists of the world’s tourists.
So, what are these popular destinations that are getting sick and tired of tourists? We’re going to introduce you to 10 of them below, and you’ll learn what it is about the tourism industry that’s driving these locals nuts!
Now, keep in mind that we’re not saying that you should avoid visiting these places! Quite the contrary! However, if you do find yourself visiting, perhaps make it a point to go easy on the locals? They’d probably appreciate it.
1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
With plenty of wonderful places to see, museums to visit and places to dine, Amsterdam is a perennial travel favorite.
2. Red Light!
It’s just that the locals fear too many tourists visit their wonderful city solely for the legal marijuana and red-light district.
3. Galapagos Islands
As it was when Charles Darwin first visited, the Galapagos Islands are home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna.
4. Don’t Kill the Vibe
With more travelers seeking out this treasure trove of natural wonders, the locals are now concerned that tourists may be having an exceptionally adverse impact on the environment.
5. Oxford, England
When you want to really experience the essence of English culture, Oxford is an excellent place to start.
6. Summer Tourism
Just maybe don’t visit during the summer, when the streets become clogged and the locals are on edge.
7. Mount Everest
Is there another natural wonder like Mount Everest that inspires such awe in the minds of travelers and those with wanderlust?
8. Don’t Fall Into the Trap
It’s that awe that leads some people to attempt the mountain, even though they don’t have the true ability to do so… Mount Everest is simply not for tourists; it’s for exceptionally experienced mountain climbers.
9. Moscow, Russia
Moscow is one of those places where pictures don’t do things justice. You really have to see the landmarks.
10. Changing World
The situation of our changing world, though, is making Moscow a bit unforgiving of foreigners, particularly those from the U.S.
11. Arlington, Texas
As you pass between Dallas and Ft. Worth, perhaps you’d like to stop in at Arlington for a Rangers game?
12. Don’t Do It…
Well, you might want to think twice about that, as Arlington recently gained the dubious distinction of having the most tweets dissing tourists…
Recently, this island that’s owned by Japan was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site… There’s a big but, though…
14. One Gender
You can only pay this UNESCO World Heritage site if you’re a man, which we think is really messed up.
15. Santorini, Greece
Without a doubt, Santorini is one the most beautiful places of the world and the crown jewel of the Greek Isles.
16. Put Your Phone Away
Which is why the locals get so frustrated with tourists who can’t stop uploading their photos to Instagram while walking around…
17. The Great Barrier Reef
Sitting off the southern coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s great natural wonders.
18. Big Problems
Climate change and tourism though have conspired to put this natural wonder in jeopardy, which is why locals would prefer you just stay away.
19. Venice, Italy
The romance is high in Venice, what with all of the gondolas, old-world architecture and canals…
20. Cruise Ships
It’s just that the locals are starting to get sick of all those cruise ships ruining the old-world charm of this city.