Priceless Destinations Ruined By Tourists
We’ve all been there. You’ve finally booked that long-awaited trip to your dream destination, only to find it teeming with tourists. Crowds everywhere you turn, selfie sticks in hand – it’s ruined the experience. While most destinations have been commercialized to some extent, there are a few that have taken things too far and lost their original charm.
Machu Picchu, Peru
A group of tourists visited the site at night, causing a stone wall to topple. The wall, which was part of the Temple of the Sun, fell around 20 feet and caused further damage to the floor. It’s not clear exactly how much it would have cost to repair the priceless site, but it can’t have been cheap – or easy.
This isn’t the first time that tourists have caused damage at Machu Picchu. In fact, it’s becoming something of a trend. In 2018, a group of Australian tourists was caught carving their names into the walls of the sacred site. Ironically, they were visiting as part of an educational tour! And in 2019, a Spanish tourist was caught taking a selfie on top of a 2,000-year-old monument.
Burning Man, Nevada, USA
The sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity at Burning Man. Every year, tens of thousands of people from all over the world come together in Nevada’s the Black Rock Desert to create a temporary city dedicated to self-expression and art. But with the event’s popularity on the rise, costing millions of dollars to put on, some are concerned that its unique vibe may soon be ruined by an influx of tourists.
Some say that the festival has already lost its soul, with massive camps and “plug and play” setups taking over from more makeshift arrangements. And while many attendees are happy to see Burning Man growing in popularity, others worry that it may not be able to sustain its current size.
Pig Island, The Bahamas
Tourists flocking to see the adorable colony of feral pigs at Pig Beach in Exuma has been a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it’s wonderful that people are getting to see these animals in their natural environment; on the other hand, the pigs are being fed human food and garbage, which is making them sick.
It’s heart-wrenching to see these animals suffer because of the actions of humans, but hopefully, with more education and awareness, we can help keep Pig Beach a pristine and healthy environment for the pigs to live in. Let’s all do our part to make sure we’re not contributing to their illness by not feeding them anything other than what they would naturally eat!
Bubble Gum Alley, San Luis Obispo, California, USA
Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California, is a popular destination as it’s 20-meters-long and covered in chewing gum left by previous visitors. It’s probably not the most hygienic place to visit in the world, but it’s certainly one of the most unique.
The damage caused to the wall reaches up into the tens of thousands, with some locals calling it an eye-sore that should be fixed. But there’s something about Bubble Gum Alley that keeps people coming back for more. Maybe it’s the challenge of leaving your mark on such a unique landmark, or maybe it’s just the kitschy fun of it all. Whatever the reason, Bubble Gum Alley is one destination you won’t want to miss – even if it might not be the most sanitary!
The allure of Ibiza is well known – it’s a place where partygoers can let loose and enjoy the nightlife. However, the island is quickly becoming a victim of its success. The tourism trade is essential to the local economy, but it also means that there is more damage that can all stack up to create a hefty bill. The local culture has been all but obliterated, and the noise pollution and trash left by partiers are destructive to the local environment.
It’s a shame because Ibiza is a beautiful place with a lot to offer. The locals are warm and welcoming, and the natural scenery is stunning. Hopefully, as tourists become more aware of their behavior’s negative impact, they will start to take steps to minimize their impact.
Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
The influx of tourists has caused problems for Switzerland in recent years. The most notable issue is overcrowding, which has caused issues such as traffic congestion and pollution. In addition, many of the natural wonders and landmarks have been ruined by the sheer number of people visiting them. For example, the beautiful Lake Lucerne has been ruined by the influx of tourists, many of whom come to jump off the cliffs into the water.
The Swiss government has been working hard to mitigate tourism’s effects, but it has been a difficult task. They have implemented several measures, such as banning certain activities and limiting the number of people who can visit certain areas.
Taj Mahal, India
When it comes to tourism, there are some destinations that are just too popular. The Taj Mahal in India is one of those places. With over 4.4 million people visiting each year, the site has become overcrowded and difficult to photograph without hordes of people in the background. The local government has tried to combat this by raising ticket prices and introducing fines for those who stay too long, but it doesn’t seem to be deterring people.
The local government has tried to combat this by raising ticket prices and introducing fines for those who stay too long, but it doesn’t seem to be deterring people. If you’re looking for a photo of the Taj Mahal that doesn’t include hundreds of people, you may be out of luck. The Great Wall of China is another popular destination that has been ruined by tourists.
Hanoi’s “Train Street,” Vietnam
The popularity of Train Street in Hanoi was once a point of pride for locals, but it’s become more of a nuisance in recent years. The 117-year-old railway track that runs straight through a bustling street lined with cafes and homes has become a hazard because of the selfie-taking tourists. In 2019, the local authorities ordered all local businesses to close their doors on the street to put off visitors.
The decision to close Train Street to tourists was controversial, but it’s made the area much safer. Local businesses have been struggling since the closure, but many residents are relieved that the selfie-taking hordes are gone. Train Street may never be the same, but at least it’s no longer a danger to locals and tourists alike.
Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Iceland
In just a few years, the Fjadrargljufur Canyon in Iceland went from being a hidden gem to a popular tourist destination – thanks to Justin Bieber. With its stunning landscapes and picturesque views, the canyon quickly became one of the most visited spots in the country. But this newfound fame came with a price. The increased foot traffic was devastatingly affecting the local environment, with plants and wildlife being crushed underfoot.
In 2019, local authorities were forced to close the canyon in order to do some much-needed maintenance work. It’s a shame that too many visitors have ruined such a beautiful place. There’s no denying that tourism can be a great thing for local communities. But when it’s not done responsibly, it can have devastating consequences.
Komodo Island, Indonesia
The visitor cap has helped to preserve the natural beauty of the island, and the ban on hotels and other lodgings has ensured that the komodo dragon population remains healthy. This makes for a much more enjoyable experience for visitors, who are able to appreciate the island’s natural wonders without having to contend with hordes of tourists.
Komodo Island is not the only destination that tourists have ruined. The city has always been popular with tourists with its stunning architecture and idyllic Mediterranean setting. But in recent years, the influx of visitors has led to overcrowding and traffic congestion. The old town’s narrow streets can no longer cope with the number of people, and locals have complained about the noise and disruption caused by tourists.
“Joker Stairs,” Bronx, New York, USA
As the popularity of the movie Joker continues to surge, so does the number of tourists visiting the Bronx to recreate scenes from the film. This is not always welcome news for locals, who have to deal with the traffic and noise that comes along with hordes of visitors.
One of the most popular spots for taking photos is a set of stairs in the neighborhood that Joaquin Phoenix’s character, The Joker, famously danced on in the movie. Recently, someone even threw eggs at people taking selfies there, proving that not everyone is happy with the situation. It will be interesting to see how long the Bronx can tolerate this level of tourism before it becomes too much.
The Great Pyramids, Egypt
The Great Pyramids of Egypt were built to endure, but they can’t cope with the millions of visitors every year. Visitors (albeit unknowingly) can cause damage to the site from bustling through, rubbing bags on walls, and even breathing out moist air into the passageways. A large number of tourists will eventually be the downfall of this wonder of the ancient world.
In addition to the physical damage caused by tourists, their impact can also be seen in terms of the erosion of cultural values. When too many people flock to a destination, it can change the way locals interact with their heritage sites. For example, when tourists visit local markets, they often drive up prices as locals take advantage of the opportunity to make more money.
The Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy
The Spanish Steps in Rome are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. But with that popularity comes a lot of wear and tear. Over the years, authorities have had to start enforcing a strict “no sitting” rule to help preserve the steps. These days, visitors can be fined over 400 euros for sitting on the steps. Families with young children can forget hauling strollers to the top for the view.
While this may seem like a bit of a bummer, there are still plenty of other things to see and do in Rome. The steps are just a small part of this beautiful city. There are plenty of other churches and historical landmarks to check out, not to mention all of the amazing restaurants and shops.
Stonehenge is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United Kingdom. However, many tourists have ruined the experience for others by vandalizing or stealing from the site. Stonehenge was originally built over 6,000 years ago and was a place where locals and tourists could come to admire its origins.
However, in 1977, the stones were roped off due to the frequent vandalism and theft that was taking place. This means that visitors these days cannot go up to the stones like they used to and get a closer look. While it is still good to look at from a distance, tourists these days are not able to get the full experience of this world heritage site.
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands are one of the most stunning and unique places on Earth. With its diverse wildlife and incredible landscapes, it’s no wonder that tourists flock there in droves. However, there is a downside to this influx of visitors. The more people that come, the more damage is done to the environment.
Hotels and other tourist infrastructure are springing up everywhere, and the delicate balance of the islands is being threatened. It’s a difficult situation because tourism provides much-needed jobs and income for the locals. But at what cost? Surely we can find a way to enjoy these amazing places without damaging them irreparably. There must be a way to strike a balance between conservation and tourism so that the environment and the local economy can thrive.
Maya Bay, Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
When the movie “The Beach” came out, it featured a spectacular beach in Thailand that was quickly made famous. The beach, called Maya Bay, welcomed more and more visitors year after year until the number became too much for the locals to manage. By 2019, over 5,000 people a day were swarming the beach. This led authorities to close the location, citing severe damages to the environment.
The ban was extended by two more years to give the environment a chance to heal itself. When it does reopen, visitors will be subject to stricter rules. It’s a shame that such a beautiful place has been ruined by too many tourists, but hopefully, the new rules will help keep it from becoming completely destroyed.
Cave of Altamira, Spain
The Cave of Altamira in Spain is a popular tourist destination for a reason – its prehistoric paintings are an incredible sight to behold. However, because of the number of people who have visited it over the years, the damage has been done to the paintings that have caused them to be closed off to the public. It’s such a shame because it’s truly a breathtaking sight that is now hidden from the world.
Perhaps if more people were aware of the damage their visit could cause, they would be more conscientious in their touring. It would be great if the cave could be reopened one day and allow people to see the paintings firsthand, but with all the tourism regulations in place nowadays, that may be a difficult feat.
Santorini, Greece, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s also a hotspot for tourists thanks to its gorgeous, picturesque views. The white cubic houses stacked high on the hills make for a great photo, so tourists often climb and sit on walls to get the perfect shot. Unfortunately, this is damaging the town’s infrastructure. Santorini isn’t a young island, so some buildings are already in disrepair. Factor in that over two million tourists a year flock to the town.
You don’t have to be a statistical genius to realize that the local government pays a small fortune trying to fix damages made by avid Instagrammers. If you want to visit Santorini, please be respectful of the town and its inhabitants – don’t climb on or sit on the walls!
Pont Des Arts, Paris, France
One only needs to look at the Pont Des Arts bridge in Paris to see an example of how tourism can ruin a destination. For years, couples have been attaching padlocks to the bridge as a sign of their love for each other. However, in 2015, it was reported that there were over one million padlocks on the bridge, which was causing damage to the structure.
The government eventually had to cut them down and replace the panels. This is just one example of how tourism can negatively impact a destination. It’s important for tourists to be aware of these consequences and do their best to respect the cultures and environments they are visiting.
Duckbill, Oregon, USA
The Duckbill in Oregon was a beloved tourist attraction for its unique rock formation that looked like the head of a duck. Visitors from all around would come to take pictures and enjoy the view. However, in 2016, the Duckbill came crashing down – on purpose. According to eyewitnesses, several people pushed the rock formation until it toppled, supposedly saying it was because one of their friends had previously broken a leg while climbing on it.
This event leaves a sour taste in the mouths of locals who cherished that natural landmark. It’s a shame that something so beautiful and unique can be ruined by thoughtless individuals who only care about themselves. Hopefully this event serves as a lesson to others and they will think before they act in the future.
Isla de Sa Porrassa, Majorca, Spain
The beauty of Isla de Sa Porrassa is a sight to behold, despite the destructive behavior of some tourists. The island is uninhabited, but it’s clear that visitors have left their mark in unfortunate ways. A huge fire was started by two careless teenagers who threw cigarettes onto the dry grass. This major blaze caused tons of damage to the little island. Thankfully, the teens apologized for their “clumsy” behavior, but they were never arrested or charged.
This has frustrated environmental rights activists who feel that more should be done to protect this precious destination. Despite the destruction caused by some tourists, Isla de Sa Porrassa remains a stunning place to visit. Its natural beauty is undeniable, and it’s a shame that a few bad apples can spoil the experience for everyone.
The Coliseum of Rome, Italy
The ancient ruin is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city, but it’s also suffered because of it. Rome officials have long struggled with keeping the Colosseum protected and preserved while catering to the influx of tourists. In 2017, they decided to institute a “no-go zone” around the ancient ruin. This means that visitors can no longer wander freely throughout the site. A tour guide must accompany them at all times.
This measure was put into place in order to prevent tourists from breaking into the site and damaging it further. It’s an unfortunate reality that tourism can often do more harm than good. But, in this case, it’s hopefully a step that will help preserve this precious piece of history.
As the waves of American tourists flow into Cuba, it’s hard not to feel a sense of dread for what the future may hold for the country. For years, Cuba has been a pristine and beautiful destination that has been untouched by tourism. But with the impending arrival of 600,000 American tourists, it’s only a matter of time before resorts and McDonald’s franchises overrun the country.
Sure, some people may be excited to see the arrival of American tourism in Cuba. But I think it’s safe to say that most Cubans are not looking forward to the changes that are sure to come. With so many people coming in with dollar signs in their eyes, it’s hard to imagine that anything but greed and destruction will come from this mass influx of tourism.
Orphanages in Cambodia
Ruined by tourists, Cambodia is one of those destinations that begs people not to visit if they don’t have a better understanding of what goes on there. While Angkor Wat is a major tourist attraction, many people don’t respect the culture and customs of the Cambodians. They take pictures without asking permission and often don’t cover up properly, which can be seen as quite disrespectful.
Additionally, many orphanages in Cambodia have become tourist hotspots, thanks to actress Angelina Jolie’s public adoptions. This is a cause for concern as the children are often distracted from their schooling to solicit donations from tourists. If you choose to visit Cambodia, be sure to do your research ahead of time so you can be respectful of the locals and their customs.
Museum Island, Berlin, Germany
Tourists can be a blessing and a curse for destinations all around the world. While they may bring in much-needed revenue, their presence can often lead to destruction and mayhem. One prime example is Berlin’s Museum Island. The area is packed with tourists every year who come to see the world-renowned pieces of art on display. Unfortunately, not all visitors are respectful of the art or the facilities.
In fact, some have caused serious damage – like spray painting on artifacts or smearing oil on paintings. This type of behavior costs museums and tourist destinations millions of dollars in damages each year. It’s a shame that a few thoughtless people can ruin what is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for others.
The Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been a victim of vandalism time and again. The latest instance was in June of 2020 when protesters scrawled “RACIST FISH” on the statue. This has left observers puzzled as they try to figure out how the statue is racially-insensitive.
Perhaps what makes The Little Mermaid so offensive to some is its history. The statue was created in the early 1900s, during a time when Denmark was a colonial power. The Little Mermaid represents Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of a young girl who gives up her voice to be with the man she loves. In this story, the fish are actually the villains, as they force the mermaid to give up her voice and legs in order to transform into a human.
Times Square, New York City, USA
If you’re looking for a New York City that’s still “authentic,” you’ll have to look hard. These days, it seems like practically every inch of the city is overrun with tourists. From Times Square to SoHo to Central Park, it seems like there’s barely any escape. And while tourism brings in a lot of money to the city, it doesn’t come without drawbacks. For starters, prices for everything skyrocket in areas popular with tourists.
You can expect to pay to double – or even triple – the normal price for a cup of coffee or a meal. Not to mention, all of those people walking around can make for an incredibly frustrating experience. It’s nearly impossible to walk anywhere without having to dodge slow-walking tourists or step over their selfie sticks.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Paris, France, has been a popular tourist destination for years, with people coming from all over the world to see its iconic landmarks. However, as tourism has increased, so have the problems associated with it. Locals living near the Eiffel Tower, for example, have complained about the noise and congestion brought on by all the tourists. They’ve also said that the tourists are dirty and disrespectful, making life in the city difficult.
The Louvre Museum, another popular tourist destination in Paris, recently had to close due to staff strikes caused by the overwhelming number of visitors. The museum simply didn’t have the resources to handle so many people. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Paris is struggling to cope with the influx of tourists and that some destinations are being ruined as a result.
Tourists, though often welcomed and necessary for economic growth in many destinations, can also have negative impacts on ecosystems and local cultures. In the coldest place in the world, Antarctica, tourists and research scientists can unknowingly and unintentionally bring spores of plants and seeds from other areas, causing toxic damage to the ecosystem.
There is also a threat from cruise ships that pass by. Pollution, particularly from the ever-present risk of an oil spill, as well as litter, can wash up on the shores of the continent. Expedition cruises are expected to start up again in November of 2021, and hopefully, they’re few and far between.
Great Wall of China
Some tourists just don’t know when to quit. After the Great Wall of China reopened in 2020 following months of closure, a tourist was caught on camera vandalizing the landmark with a key. This, and other similar incidents, have led China to create a “blacklist” of banned tourists. The Badaling section of the Great Wall was closed for months due to the vandalism, but the day it reopened, another tourist was caught defacing it.
This is just one example of how some tourists can ruin a destination that’s supposed to be priceless. It’s a shame that some people have to go and ruin things for everyone else. The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous landmarks in the world, and it’s been around for centuries.
San Clemente Pier, California, USA
This iconic beach is one of the dirtiest in the area, according to Heal the Bay, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting pollution. The group regularly tests the ocean water at this beach, and what they have found is alarming: a ton of fecal indicator bacteria. This is likely due to the fact that the pier is a popular tourist destination. It’s often crowded with people, and many of them are not conscientious about keeping the area clean.
They leave their trash behind, and it builds up over time. The local government and business owners do little to nothing to address the issue. It’s heartbreaking to see such a beautiful place be ruined by tourists who don’t care about their impact on the environment.
Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The beaches of Rio de Janeiro are some of the most beautiful in the world. However, the condition of Guanabara Bay leaves much to be desired. The bay was filled with trash and litter before the Olympics, and it’s still not in great shape. Hopefully, the global outrage over the condition of the beach will help to clean it up a bit.
It’s a shame that Rio de Janeiro is such a tourist trap. The city is beautiful, with its bright colors and historical landmarks. But the beaches are not worth it, especially Guanabara Bay. Hopefully, conditions will improve soon so that people can enjoy Rio without having to worry about the state of the beaches.
When one thinks of paradise, images of pristine beaches, crystal-clear water, and lush vegetation often come to mind. However, this idyllic vision can often be shattered by the reality of tourism. Take Cancun, Mexico, for example; once a sleepy beach town, it has become a popular destination for tourists worldwide. The area has been overwhelmed by the influx of people, so much of its natural beauty has been lost.
Mangrove swamps, which are crucial hurricane barriers, have been destroyed in order to make way for resorts and other buildings. This means that Cancun is more vulnerable when a major storm hits than ever. So while the town is still lovely, it is a far cry from the paradise it once was.
Starved Rock State Park, Illinois, USA
Tourists ruining destinations has become all too common in recent years. From carving their initials into ancient rocks to leaving trash everywhere, people seem to have no regard for the sites they visit. The latest example of this is two tourists who drew their initials on a sacred sandstone formation at Starved Rock State Park in Illinois.
This park is home to Native American tribes that have used the formations as a meeting place for thousands of years. So when these two tourists decided to vandalize the site by carving their initials into the rocks, they not only caused damage but also disrespected those who hold this place dear. It’s sad that people can be so careless and thoughtless, especially when it comes to places that are considered priceless.
Kota Kinabulu, Malaysia
The beaches in Malaysia are some of the most beautiful in the world, but they are ruined by the tourists who visit them. The coastal town of Kota Kinabalu is a prime example. The town is located in the northeastern part of the country, and it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Malaysia. However, trash and marine debris have become a huge problem.
The beach is littered with plastic bottles, which leak toxic chemicals into the sand and poison the animals near the ocean and in it. This is a huge problem, and it is only going to get worse if something isn’t done about it. The Malaysian government needs to do more to enforce littering laws and keep the beaches clean.
It’s a shame when tourists do things that ruin the beauty and serenity of a place. The Italian island of Sardinia is no exception. In fact, it’s been particularly hard hit by sand-stealing tourists. It’s become such a problem that the beaches are starting to suffer damage. This is a real shame, as Sardinia is a breathtakingly beautiful place with much to offer visitors. Hopefully, this issue can be resolved soon so that the island can keep its pristine reputation intact.
Unfortunately, it seems that some tourists just can’t help but take a little piece of paradise home with them. This was demonstrated quite clearly by two French tourists who were arrested for trying to smuggle ninety pounds of sand from Sardinia’s Chia beach back to France.
Piazza Bodoni, Turin, Italy
In the case of the American tourist in Italy, his drunken attempt to climb a statue led to serious injury. This is just one example of how tourists can ruin a destination with their careless behavior. In another incident, an Australian tourist was caught carving his name into a 3,500-year-old sandstone rock formation in Egypt.
Not only did this damage the rock, but it also cost the tourist $5,000 in fines. There are countless other examples of tourists ruining destinations with their thoughtless actions. Some people might say that it’s not the tourists’ fault and that the destinations should be better equipped to deal with them. However, it’s ultimately up to the tourists to be respectful and mindful of their surroundings.
Juhu Beach, Mumbai, India
The beaches in India are a huge tourist attraction, but some of them are being ruined by the very people who are meant to be enjoying them. Juhu Beach, near Mumbai, is a prime example. The sand is now covered in litter thanks to careless tourists, and it’s turning people away. This is a huge shame, as India has a stunning coastline that deserves to be appreciated.
It’s not all bad news though. Maybe if the beaches become less popular because of the rubbish, then the authorities will finally take some action to clean them up. Let’s hope so – India’s natural wonders are too precious to lose just because of a few thoughtless people.
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Indonesia
This is certainly true in Bali, where the influx of tourists has caused some major problems. Auj-e Taqaddas, a British tourist, was arrested for attacking an immigration official at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. The altercation reportedly began when Taqaddas was fined for overstaying her travel visa. This is just one example of the bad behavior that tourists often exhibit in popular destinations.
In addition to causing physical altercations, tourists can also ruin a destination by leaving their trash behind. This is a particular problem in Bali, where the beaches are often covered in garbage. The combination of trash and tourists creates an unsightly and unwelcome environment. It is clear that something needs to be done to address this issue before it gets any worse.
Kamilo Beach, Hawaii
Hawaii is a dreamy location for tourists, but the influx of people is ruining some of the most beautiful areas of the state. Kamilo Beach is one such place. The once pristine sands are now covered in trash, as a direct result of the influx of people and their disregard for the environment.
It’s heartbreaking to see such natural beauty destroyed in this way. The plastic pollution on Kamilo Beach is particularly concerning, as it has a devastating impact on marine life. This issue needs to be addressed before it’s too late. Thankfully, there are people who are working hard to raise awareness about this issue and find solutions.
Denver Art Museum, Colorado, USA
When Jake Siebenlist destroyed ten priceless pieces of art at the Denver Art Museum, officials said that he was not in a “reasonable” state of mind. It’s hard to imagine what could drive someone to commit such an act, but it’s possible that the 18-year-old was overwhelmed by the experience of being in a museum with such tight security. It’s also possible that he felt overwhelmed by the beauty of the artworks and decided to take matters into his own hands. Whatever his reasons, his actions have cost the museum a significant amount of art.
It’s a shame that such beautiful pieces were destroyed, but it’s possible that this act will make museums around the world more careful about their security. After all, it’s not every day that someone goes on a rampage and destroys ten pieces of art.
Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Phu Quoc, one of the most beautiful and pristine destinations in the world, is quickly becoming a victim of its own success. The explosive growth of the tourism industry on the island has led to ecological damage that is threatening the very beauty that drew people there in the first place.
The situation is particularly bad on the beaches, where litter from both tourists and local businesses is piling up. Food containers, plastic bags, water bottles – you name it, it’s probably there. And it’s only getting worse as more and more people visit the island. Locals have even criticized some restaurants and hotels for discharging wastewater and trash into the sea. Adding insult to injury, some guests are even seen urinating on the beach!
International Arts Center Main Avenue, Yekaterinburg, Russia
It’s a shame when tourists ruin priceless works of art with their carelessness. In Yekaterinburg, Russia, a group of women caused extensive damage to a wall of paintings by Salvador Dali and Francisco Goya when they stumble while taking selfies. The paintings were damaged beyond repair, and the women were not charged by police.
It’s hard to understand why someone would risk damaging artwork for the sake of a selfie. These paintings were originals, and their loss is irreplaceable. It’s possible that these women simply didn’t know any better, but it’s more likely that they just didn’t care. They probably thought that they could just snap a quick picture and move on without causing any harm.
Tha Pae Gate, Chiang Mai, Thailand
As a tourist attraction, the Tha Pae Gate is a popular destination for those looking to experience a piece of Thai history. However, this historical site was recently vandalized by two drunk tourists who caused significant damage with spray paint. This incident serves as a reminder that even the most priceless destinations can be ruined by careless tourists.
It’s unfortunate that such a beautiful and historic sight was defaced in such a careless manner, but it’s important to remember that these things can happen. Hopefully, this event will serve as a lesson to other tourists and help them to be more mindful of their surroundings and the potential consequences of their actions.
Nazca Lines, Peru
The Nazca Lines are one of the most mysterious and captivating landmarks in Peru. These ancient geoglyphs cover thousands of miles and consist of three-hundred various figures. However, some tourists have not been respectful of the lines. In 1998, a pickup drove across part of the lines, damaging three of them. The tourists were never identified, but they left garbage behind. This incident made headlines across the world.
It’s a shame that some people can’t appreciate the beauty and mystery of places like the Nazca Lines. These lines have been captivating visitors and locals alike for centuries, and it’s disheartening to see them damaged by disrespectful tourists. Hopefully, incidents like this will serve as a reminder to be more careful and respectful when visiting such priceless destinations.
The Congo Basin
When most people think of the Congo Basin, they likely think of the vast, unspoiled wilderness that makes up the area. Unfortunately, this region is under threat. Illegal, unsustainable logging has led to deforestation, damage to local communities, and a loss of vital habitats. This has led to the destruction of habitats, deforestation, and damage to local communities.
It is crucial that we take steps to protect this region. The Congo Basin is home to an abundance of plant and animal life, and it’s important for us to do what we can to ensure its survival. We can’t let our greed destroy one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Let’s do what we can to save the Congo Basin for future generations.
Arctic Polar Bears
There’s something about the Arctic that just calls to us – even though it’s not our natural habitat. We can’t help but visit, even though we know it has deadly consequences for the polar bears who live there. It’s heartbreaking to see these beautiful creatures killed because of our carelessness, but we can’t seem to help ourselves.
Maybe it’s because we know that their habitat is disappearing, and we want to get one last glimpse before they’re gone forever. Maybe it’s because we want to understand them better before they’re gone. Whatever the reason, we need to learn to respect the Arctic and the creatures that live there – before it’s too late.
The Dead Sea, Israel
The beautiful city of Dubrovnik, Croatia has been ruined by tourism. Crowds and cruise ships are to blame, as people clamor to get a look at the “Game of Thrones” town. The once called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” has been overrun by overcrowding tourists. One August in 2016, over 10,388 visitors bought tickets to walk the ramparts of the town—in just one day alone. Dubrovnik residents are tired of the overwhelming number of visitors, who often bring trash and unruly conduct with them.
The beauty of Dubrovnik is still visible despite the tourists. With its crystal-clear waters and stunning architecture, it’s easy to see why people are drawn to it. However, if something isn’t done soon to address the issue of overcrowding, the city may lose its magic altogether.
While Dubrovnik may now be facing some negative consequences as a result of its newfound popularity, the city is still undeniably breathtaking. The sparkling blue Adriatic Sea and the centuries-old architecture make for a perfect postcard-worthy backdrop. It’s no wonder that “Game of Thrones” chose to film here—the town’s dramatic landscape is unforgettable.
Despite the crowds and the occasional bad behavior, Dubrovnik is still worth a visit. The locals are warm and welcoming, and there’s nothing quite like walking among the ancient limestone streets. Just be sure to go early or late in the day to avoid the worst of the tourists, and don’t forget to enjoy a refreshing Croatian beer or glass of wine while taking in the stunning views.
The Maldives is a beautiful country that is unfortunately experiencing some negative consequences as a result of its recent tourism boom. The excessive crowds of people are damaging the beaches and coral reefs, while the limited water resources are being further strained. However, it is still an amazing place to visit, and hopefully steps will be taken soon to mitigate the negative effects of tourism.
One thing that makes the Maldives so special is its incredible beaches. However, with too many people coming to visit, these beaches are slowly being destroyed. The sand is becoming compacted and there is increasing damage to the coral reefs. This is a shame, as it takes away from one of the main attractions of the country.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
There is much debate over how to best protect the Great Barrier Reef. Some people feel that commerce should take precedence, while others think that the environment should be the top priority. However, both sides can agree that the reef is a beautiful and important natural resource.
The Great Barrier Reef is an important part of Australia’s economy. It attracts tourists from all over the world, and it is a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. The reef generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. However, many people feel that the reef is being harmed by too much tourism. Boat anchors have damaged the coral, and tourists have broken it by touching it.
“I Amsterdam” Sign, Amsterdam, Netherlands
When the “I amsterdam” sign was first put up, the city of Amsterdam couldn’t have been more thrilled. The sign was meant to show inclusion and to welcome tourists and visitors from all over the world. However, the city council soon found themselves dealing with a new problem – hordes of tourists coming to take selfies with the sign.
The sign became so famous that it began to draw crowds that were causing havoc in the already limited space around the art gallery it was located outside of. In order to combat this, the city of Amsterdam asked for the sign to be removed. While many people were disappointed by this decision, it was likely necessary in order to keep the peace in Amsterdam’s streets.
Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan
The Buddhas have always been a source of controversy. When they were first built in the sixth century, they were seen as an affront to Islam because they were not depictions of Allah or Muhammad. The Taliban used this to their advantage when they blew them up in 2001. But even after they were rebuilt, many people thought that it was blasphemous to have statues of Buddha in Afghanistan.
Nowadays, the Buddhas are seen as a symbol of resilience. Despite being destroyed twice by the Taliban, they have been rebuilt both times and continue to attract tourists from all over the world. They may
Caño Cristales, Colombia
The natural wonder that is Cano Cristales has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of people for years. It’s often called the “River of Five Colors” due to the beautiful blue, yellow, green, black, and red shades that can be seen running through it.
The river has become a popular tourist attraction in recent years as peace has been restored to Colombia and the country has become safer. However, because tourism has grown too quickly, the fragile ecosystem of Cano Cristales is in danger of being ruined. In 2017, the Colombian government had to restrict access to the area in order to prevent further damage. This has not stopped tourists from coming to see this mesmerizing natural wonder, though.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon has become a popular tourist destination for a reason – it is an incredible place. With its blue-green water and steaming vents, it is a natural wonder that beckons visitors from all over the world. However, the lagoon has also become a flashpoint for Icelanders who are tired of tourists. The lagoon is often overcrowded, and this can lead to tension and conflict.
However, it is important to remember that the lagoon is a wonderful place. It is home to thousands of years of history and culture, and it is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy the natural wonders of Iceland. So, next time you visit the Blue Lagoon, be sure to enjoy it – but also be aware of the tensions that exist around it.
When the news broke that Mykonos was putting a ban on music and imposing a curfew, tourists were not happy. Many took to social media to complain about the decision, saying that it would ruin their vacation. However, locals were likely rejoicing at the news. For years, they had been dealing with the noise and disruption from partying tourists. It was about time that something was done to alleviate the problem.
It will be interesting to see how the new rules play out. Will tourists still flock to Mykonos despite the restrictions? Or will they find another party island to visit? Only time will tell. In the meantime, locals can enjoy some peace and quiet at night.
The Philippines Department of Tourism has been forced to take matters into their own hands, citing illegal construction, environmental damage, and “insufficient waste management” as the reasons they closed the island of Boracay. Though Boracay reopened, it reopened with more stringent rules to try to curb tourist damage.
Boracay is a hub for tourists, and the island counted around 3,600 visitors per day. That works out to more than two million a year. Unfortunately, tourism was too much for the small island and it caused a lot of damage. The beaches were covered in trash, the coral was dying, and there wasn’t enough room for everyone. So, Boracay closed its doors to tourists in 2018, shutting down for four months while the island recovered.
Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia
Sadly, many of the world’s most beautiful destinations are also the most fragile. The Raja Ampat Islands are a perfect example, as they are home to some of the richest coral reefs on Earth. Unfortunately, this abundance of marine life also makes the islands a prime target for tourism, and officials have sounded the alarm about this industry’s damage to the reefs.
Boat traffic and anchor strikes are the biggest problems for the reefs, and in 2017 a cruise ship hit the reefs, damaging more than 200,000 square feet. This is just one example of tourism’s many ways to harm these delicate ecosystems. It’s important that we remember that these places need to be protected if we want them to remain beautiful and intact for future generations.
Bhutan’s “High Value, Low Impact” policy for tourism has been both praised and criticized since it was implemented. On one hand, the policy does have some clear advantages. For example, it has helped to preserve the country’s natural beauty and protect its environment. Bhutan is also able to earn more money from tourism while limiting the negative impact that tourism can have.
On the other hand, some people argue that the policy is too restrictive and prevents Bhutan from benefiting from all of the tourism dollars that are out there. They point out that not all tourists are bad for a place and that there are ways to manage tourism in a way that is both profitable and responsible.
Cinque Terre, Italy
The recent flip-flop ban in Cinque Terre has caused quite a stir throughout the region. Some residents are in support of the new measure, while others are not so sure. Many tourists are unhappy with the change, as they feel that it is an unnecessary inconvenience.
Despite the mixed reactions, the flip-flop ban is definitely having an impact on how people are interacting with the area. The paths are now much safer for everyone, as there is less chance of someone slipping and injuring themselves. Furthermore, the ban has encouraged people to explore other areas of Cinque Terre that they may not have visited before. This increased tourism is benefiting local businesses, who are seeing more customers than ever before.
The Isle of Skye, Scotland
In recent years, the Isle of Skye has become a popular tourist destination. With its stunning scenery and untouched wilderness, the island has drawn people from all over the world. However, as more and more people flock to the island, its residents are beginning to feel the negative effects. Housing prices have skyrocketed, the landscape has been damaged, and locals are finding it harder and harder to make a living.
Despite these problems, the island’s natural beauty is undeniable. The rolling green hills, dramatic cliffs, and sparkling seas are a sight to behold. It’s no wonder that people are drawn to Skye – it’s simply divine. Hopefully, with some careful planning and regulation, the negative impacts of tourism can be minimized without ruining the island’s charm.
The Spanish island of Mallorca is a beautiful oasis that has been “troubled” by mass tourism for decades. While the influx of tourists has brought in millions of dollars and some positive effects, there are also some seriously negative ones, including environmental degradation, bad relations between locals and tourists, and resource depletion.
A study on how to manage tourists called for “adoption of corrective measures” to fight back against the overrun of visitors. It will be interesting to see what kind of measures are put into place to preserve this stunning island and its inhabitants. Hopefully, Mallorca can find a way to balance the needs of tourists with the needs of the people who have called it home for centuries.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The vast white landscape of the Salar de Uyuni is a photographer’s dream. Against the bright blue sky, the stark white salt flats and cacti create a surreal landscape that is otherworldly. The pink flamingos that call the salt flats home add a splash of color to the scene, making it all the more beautiful.
Despite its beauty, there is a chance that the Salar de Uyuni could be ruined by tourists. Publications like National Geographic have released “How to Tour” guides for the region, which could lead to an influx of visitors. The salt flats are a delicate ecosystem and should be take corrective measures to make sure this dry lake is not damaged.
The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
There’s something undeniably sinister about the Door to Hell. It’s a huge, gaping hole in the earth that’s been burning for fifty years, and it just looks like it’s waiting to swallow you up. It’s no wonder that locals in Derweze are wary of the expeditions into the crater – it’s a place that’s full of danger and mystery.
But what’s even more unsettling is the fact that the Door to Hell is a tourist hotspot. People come from all over the world to see this eerie, otherworldly sight. It’s a place that’s full of contradictions – it’s both beautiful and terrifying, inviting and foreboding. It’s a reminder that, sometimes, the most fascinating things in life are also the most dangerous.
Madagascar Rainforests, Madagascar
Madagascar is a beautiful country that brings in a lot of money from tourism. The country has heavily promoted tourism as a way to reduce poverty and promote economic growth. However, there are some serious downsides to tourism in Madagascar. The biggest downside is the impact on the rainforest.
The rainforest is being destroyed at an alarming rate, and much of this is due to climate change. Another downside is the large number of fires that occur each year. Up to 90% of the land are set on fire each year, and it’s not clear how much of this is due to tourism. While it’s difficult to pin all the blame on tourism, these are certainly sobering statistics.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The Kilimanjaro slopes are a popular destination for mountain climbers who test their skills against the steep inclines and snowy peaks. The beauty of the region is undeniable, and the challenge of conquering the mountain is a draw for many adventurers. However, these climbers may not realize that they are contributing to the degradation of the environment around them.
The guides who lead them up the mountain often work in dangerous conditions, and the litter left by tourists can cause further damage. In addition, deforestation is endangering Kilimanjaro’s tourism industry, as wildfires often gut the mountain. It is important for climbers to be aware of these issues and take steps to minimize their environmental impact.
Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
The former superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park, Curt Sauer, has spoken out about the damage that tourists have caused to the park. He said that it could take up to 300 years for the park to recover from the damage.
The park, which is known for its stunning desert landscape and rugged rock formations, is a popular destination for tourists. However, the influx of visitors has taken its toll on the region. Cars have driven over the plants and rocks, and there has been an increase in vandalism. In 2019, officials closed the park temporarily in an attempt to address the damage. However, it will take more than just a temporary closure to fix the problems that have been caused.
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Tikal National Park is a beautiful, ancient Mayan citadel that is unfortunately facing some serious management issues. The park is overrun with tourists who are causing disturbances and damaging the site with their waste. It is a shame to see such a historically and culturally important site being ruined by tourism.
Despite the negative impacts of tourism, I believe that Tikal National Park has the potential to be a world-class tourist destination. If the park could find a way to better manage the influx of tourists, it could be a huge boost for the Guatemalan economy. I hope that Tikal can find a way to resolve these issues and become a shining example of how tourism can benefit a community.
The Everglades, Florida, USA
The Everglades is a slow-moving, grassy river that has sawgrass marshes, mangroves, and pine flatwoods. Hundreds of animal species call the Everglades home, including the West Indian manatee, Florida panther, and endangered leatherback turtle.
The Everglades are shrinking, currently. It is half the size that it was before, due to water diversion, population pressure, and run-off caused by humans. Also, non-native, invasive species introduced by humans have also proved to have a hugely adverse impact on the delicate ecosystem there. Despite all of these challenges, the Everglades are still a beautiful and fascinating place. We must do everything we can to protect this delicate ecosystem for future generations to enjoy.
The ancient ruins of Olympia, Greece, are a popular tourist destination for a good reason. Its extensive history and beautiful architecture make it easy to see why people are drawn to this site. However, the influx of tourists has come to some problems. Overcrowding and littering are two issues that have affected the site in recent years.
Unfortunately, in August of 2021, Olympia was hit by a massive heatwave that caused destructive fires. One resident described the village as being “dead” due to the fires. It’s heartbreaking to think about what happened to this historic village and its people. Despite these tragedies, Olympia still has much to offer visitors.
Mont Blanc, France
As crowds of hikers and climbers throng around Mont Blanc, the beauty and tranquility of the area is gradually being lost. The majestic mountain peak has been named one of the deadliest in the world, as climate change takes its toll and the number of climbers continues to grow.
The experience of attempting the Tour du Mont Blanc can be maddening, as Simply Savoie discovered. The serene vista is constantly interrupted by hordes of people, all vying for a glimpse of the view. It’s no longer a place where you can quietly reflect on the natural world around you; it’s now a site that’s overrun with tourists.
Interior of The Statue of Liberty, New York/New Jersey, USA
There are few landmarks in America as iconic as the Statue of Liberty. Tourists from all over the country and the world come to visit Lady Liberty, and for good reason – the interior of the statue is crowded with interesting sights and historical information. According to tour guides, it’s best to book your tickets in advance if you want to make sure you can see everything inside.
The National Park Service has put a limit on the number of people who can climb to Lady Liberty’s crown, so be prepared for crowds if you go. Even if you don’t make it up to the crown, though, the pedestal offers plenty to see and learn. So if you’re looking for an interesting and informative tourist destination, the Statue of Liberty is a great option.
The Red Light District, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
One of the most interesting things about Amsterdam’s Red Light District is that it’s one of the few places in the world where you can openly purchase sex. Prostitution has been legal in the Netherlands since 1811, and the Red Light District is one of the best places to find sex workers.
However, be warned that there are plenty of tourists who visit De Wallen specifically to drink and party, which can often lead to rude and obnoxious behavior. If you’re not interested in that kind of scene, you may want to steer clear of the Red Light District during peak tourist season. But if you’re looking for a fun and interesting place to visit in Amsterdam, De Wallen is definitely worth a look.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The ancient ruins of Angkor Wat are popular tourist destinations, but the influx of visitors is taking its toll on the site. The bas-reliefs have been worn away by the hands of tourists, and the moat has lost significant amounts of water from overflow and traffic. While the temple remains an important religious site, it is also in danger of being damaged beyond repair.
Local residents near the temple have also been affected by tourism. They have to deal with noise pollution and traffic, and many have had to relocate because their homes have been destroyed by tourism. It’s important that we find a way to enjoy these ancient ruins without damaging them further.
The Faroe Islands
According to Forbes, the Islands have said “no to tourists” in order to keep tourism sustainable. They realize that in order for their environment to stay pristine, they need to limit tourist access to some of the more popular areas. This may be disappointing for some tourists who were hoping to see the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of the Faroe Islands, but it is ultimately for the best.
Some of the most popular tourist destinations on the Faroe Islands include: Gásadalur (with its famous waterfall), Mykines (with its puffin population), and Vestmanna (with its dramatic cliff-lined coastline). All three of these attractions have seen visitor numbers increase exponentially in recent years; as a result, they are now in danger of becoming spoiled by too many people. In order to prevent this from happening, the Faroese
Walker Canyon, California, USA
Lake Elsinore was forced to close Walker Canyon because of a “public safety crisis” caused by tourists. 50,000 tourists visited Lake Elsinore, a town with 66,000 people, to see the wild poppies. The massive influx of visitors caused an “unbearable” weekend. The incident even began trending on social media as #poppynightmare, and locals were relieved when officials shut down access to Walker Canyon.
The “super bloom” of poppies was a draw for tourists, and Lake Elsinore got the same crowd numbers that L.A. gets for major sporting events. The small town was quickly overwhelmed. The tourism industry can be a double-edged sword – it can bring much-needed income to a destination, but it can also cause problems if not managed correctly.
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
The Sagrada Familia is one of the most beautiful churches in the world. Unfortunately, it’s often ruined by tourists. They can be very loud and disrespectful, and they often leave their trash behind. It’s a shame because the church is so beautiful, and it’s a shame that people are ruining it for everyone.
I think that the city of Barcelona should do more to protect its heritage sites from tourists. Maybe they could put up signs telling people to be respectful, or they could have security guards who patrol the areas and ensure that people behave properly. It would be a shame if tourists ruined the beautiful churches and other heritage sites, and I hope that something is done to prevent that from happening.
The ruins of Pompeii are a popular tourist destination, but the influx of people can often lead to damage and destruction. In 2018, an American tourist accidentally damaged a mosaic at the site because he was trying to get a good picture. He moved the tiles to get a better photo, causing damage in the process.
This is just one example of the type of damage that can be done by tourists who are not careful. overcrowding and tourist damage is not uncommon at Pompeii. It’s important for visitors to be respectful of the site and its history and to take care not to cause any damage while they’re there.
Buckingham Palace, London, England
People have been visiting Buckingham Palace as a tourist attraction for centuries, and the site has steadily become more popular. In 2019, ticket admissions to Buckingham Palace totaled more than $50 million. This doesn’t include the $20 million in retail sales from visitors. As you can imagine, the site is crowded. TripAdvisor said that the tourist trap is “always crowded,” with one reviewer calling it “too busy and chaotic.”
This crowding is made even worse if something is going on at the palace, such as a Royal Family event or a visit from an American president. The popularity of Buckingham Palace means that it’s often difficult to appreciate its beauty and history when surrounded by hordes of tourists.
The rise in tourism has had some clear benefits for Marrakech – it’s created jobs and brought money into the economy. However, it’s also clear that the influx of people has caused some major issues. The city’s infrastructure is struggling to keep up with the demand, and prices for basic goods and services have gone up while salaries haven’t kept pace.
This can be a frustrating situation for locals, who are seeing their city change in ways that they don’t necessarily like. At the same time, it’s hard not to be charmed by Marrakech. The city is so colorful and unique, and it has a really special vibrancy that you can’t find anywhere else.
Cave of Lascaux, France
This cave in France is over 20,000 years old, and it’s covered in 600 cave paintings of large animals. But because of tourists, the cave had to be sealed off in 1963. The humidity and carbon dioxide from visitors’ breath and sweat was damaging the paintings, and the artificial light was causing the colors to fade. Not to mention, the algae was growing over them.
It’s a shame that people can’t appreciate these places without ruining them. I guess that’s just how humans are though. We’re not content with just looking at something beautiful; we have to touch it, smell it, and sometimes even taste it. It’s like we can’t help ourselves. But at least we’re smart enough to realize when we’re doing too much damage and can stop ourselves before it’s too late.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA
As the number of tourists visiting U.S. national parks continues to grow, some park officials are concerned that the parks might not be able to handle the influx of visitors. In particular, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular parks in the country, and it’s estimated that tourism to the region creates $1.3 billion in economic growth for the local economy.
While the views are definitely a big draw, what’s also attracting people to these parks is their lack of an entrance fee. However, if the crowding of national parks continues, officials might be forced to start charging admission fees in order to manage the crowds.
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
It’s hard to appreciate the magnificence of the Hagia Sophia when other tourists are constantly bumping you. As one tourist said, the Hagia Sophia is a religious site with incredible history and stunning architecture – but the crowds make it difficult to appreciate.
The site is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Turkey, and on high-traffic days, it can feel downright claustrophobic. It’s a shame because the Hagia Sophia is beautiful inside. The soaring ceilings and intricate mosaics are a sight to behold, but they’re easily missed when you’re fighting your way through the crowd. If you do visit the Hagia Sophia, be sure to go early or late in the day to avoid the worst of the crowds.
The Sea of Trees at Aokighara has become known all too well as a destination for those seeking to end their lives. The forest is dark and dense, with porous lava rock that absorbs sound and creates a sense of solitude. Unfortunately, the forest has also become known as a place of hauntings, with ghosts of the deceased said to roam its paths. The “hype” around the forest is a side of “dark tourism” that should make us all uncomfortable.
Aokighara forest is a place of both beauty and tragedy. Those who have lost their way in the Sea of Trees have often found themselves at the end of their journey, succumbing to the silence and solitude of the place.
The influx of tourists in Florence has unfortunately caused some damage to the city’s priceless cultural landmarks. One example is the black marker graffiti that was drawn on an eleventh-century marble façade. This senseless act of vandalism caused much damage and was very costly to repair.
Another recent incident involved a tourist knocking over a statue in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. This resulted in damage to the finger of the statue. It’s unfortunate that such careless actions can cause so much destruction and expense. Hopefully, as awareness grows, people will be more mindful of their surroundings and take care not to damage any of these precious sites. These small incidents may not seem like a big deal, but they add up and can cost cities millions of dollars in damages.
The Louvre Museum, Paris, France
The Louvre is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over 10 million visitors a year. But all those people can create some serious problems. The museum is often crowded and noisy, which can be very disruptive to the delicate artwork on display. And the traffic and crowds can be so bad that the museum has had to close its doors multiple times.
In the overcrowded Louvre, one can feel as if they are just another tourist in a huge crowd of people. It is difficult to take in the art when there is so much noise and commotion around you, and it’s nearly impossible to appreciate the beauty of the pieces when you’re constantly being jostled by other visitors.
Parc Güell, Barcelona, Spain
In recent years, Park Guell has become a victim of its own success. With so many tourists visiting each year, the park has had to take measures to limit the number of people entering at any one time. This has included charging an admission fee and making reservations in advance. While this may help to manage the crowds, it also takes away from what makes Park Guell so special – its natural beauty and unspoiled surroundings.
It’s a shame that Barcelona’s most famous park has been ruined by too many visitors, but hopefully, measures can be taken to alleviate the problem in the future. Park Guell is still worth a visit but be prepared for the crowds.
Yellowstone National Park, California, USA
In recent years, there has been a surge in tourism to Yellowstone National Park. While this has brought in more revenue for the park, it has also caused a number of problems. Visitors have been interacting with the wildlife in ways that are dangerous for both the animals and the people, and they have been damaging the park’s natural features.
There is now an $11 billion backlog of upgrades that are needed to cope with the influx of visitors. This is creating a lot of stress on the resources at Yellowstone and could ultimately lead to their ruin. It is important that we find a way to manage tourism at Yellowstone so that it doesn’t cause any long-term damage to this priceless destination.
The Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The closure of the floating florist on the Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam is a prime example of how tourism can ruin a destination. The market has been around for over 150 years, but the influx of tourists in recent years has caused the gift and souvenir shops to take over, pushing out the businesses that originally made the market special.
The last actual floating florist was forced to close in 2019 because of the tourists taking pictures and crowding the space. This is a shame because it was an iconic part of the market and contributed to its unique character. It’s a perfect example of how tourism can so easily destroy what makes a place special.
La Pelosa, Sardinia
The pristine, white sandy beaches and the clear blue ocean water makes La Pelosa one of the most beautiful destinations in Sardinia. However, this tranquil getaway is becoming ruined by the excessive number of tourists that are visiting it. In 2019, officials had to impose a cap on tourism and institute an entrance fee to protect flora and fauna of the beach. This is unfortunate because it means that fewer people will be able to enjoy this natural beauty.
Unfortunately, the overcrowding of La Pelosa has led to these changes, but hopefully, they will help preserve this natural wonder for future generations. If you are able to visit La Pelosa before the entrance fee goes into effect, I highly recommend doing so – it is truly a magical place.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Many people consider Neuschwanstein Castle to be one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe. However, its popularity has caused problems for the locals. The long waiting lines and sold-out tickets have made it difficult for the residents to enjoy their own home.
The beauty of Neuschwanstein Castle has become a curse for the locals. The long waiting lines and sold-out tickets have made it difficult for the residents to enjoy their own homes. Additionally, the excessive tourism has caused damage to the castle and its surroundings. People have been climbing on the delicate walls and taking pieces of the castle with them as souvenirs. The influx of tourists has also created traffic jams and pollution in the small town of Hohenschwangau. In short, Neuschwanstein Castle is a victim of its own beauty.
Malta has always been a popular tourist destination, with its stunning architecture and Mediterranean atmosphere. However, the influx of tourists in recent years has taken its toll on the small country. The infrastructure is struggling to cope with the demands of 1.1 million visitors every year, and the beaches and other attractions are often crowded and dirty.
In 2020, when tourism declined, Malta actually paid senior citizens €100 to visit in an attempt to relieve some of the pressure. It’s likely that the country will have to face these same challenges again in the coming years as tourism continues to grow.
Mont Saint-Michel, France
The beauty of Mont-Saint-Michel is undeniable, but with the influx of tourists in recent years, the island has become a bit of a nightmare. The narrow streets are constantly clogged with people, the restaurants are overpriced and overcrowded, and the queues for the shuttle buses are absurd.
It’s heartbreaking to see such a beautiful place ruined by tourism, and it’s clear that something needs to be done before it’s too late. The locals who live on the island have been forced to adapt and learn how to deal with the hordes of people, but it’s not easy. Hopefully, we can all learn from Mont-Saint-Michel and remember that these places are not meant for tourism but for people to live in and enjoy.
Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
The Oktoberfest festival in Munich, Germany, is a popular celebration that attracts tourists worldwide. However, the massive crowds and extensive drinking can often lead to bad behavior. This was evident in September of 2017 when German police arrested forty-nine people for fighting, groping, or pickpocketing in just one day.
The crowded conditions and heavy drinking can often result in ruined vacations and memories for tourists who attend the festival. Unfortunately, such a wonderful celebration can be tarnished by the actions of some inconsiderate and destructive individuals. Hopefully, these types of incidents will not continue to occur in the future, and tourists will be able to enjoy all that Oktoberfest has to offer without any negative consequences.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is often filled with drunken revelers who can sometimes ruin the experience for others as a popular tourist destination. The city is home to beautiful architecture and a lively arts scene, but the rowdy behavior of some tourists often overshadows these aspects. Residents have had enough, and measures are being discussed to limit the number of visitors to reduce their negative impact.
Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful and historically significant cities, but it is quickly becoming ruined by tourists. The influx of drunken visitors has lincreasednoise, traffic jams, crowds, and brawls, and measures are being discussed to limit the number of visitors to the city.
Glacier National Park
The lush green forests, the rushing rivers and waterfalls, and the snow-capped mountains all make for a stunning landscape. But it’s precisely this natural beauty that is in danger of being ruined by the very people who come to enjoy it.
Every year, millions of tourists visit Glacier National Park, and with that comes increased pollution and damage to the environment. The trampled vegetation, noise pollution, and litter are just some of the negative impacts of human tourism on this natural wonder. It’s heartbreaking to think that we could be ruining such a beautiful place, but if we don’t start taking better care of it, that’s exactly what will happen.
Wawona Tree, Yosemite National Park
The iconic Wawona Tree in Yosemite National Park, which was a tunneled-through California sequoia, fell during a winter storm in 1969. The tree was more than 2,100 years old and was one of only a few of its kind. After it fell, it was called the Fallen Tunnel Tree.
The Washburn Fire, which began in July of 2022, has threatened landmarks like the Wawona. Evacuations are ongoing through July in Wawona and the Wawona campgrounds. Officials are battling the blaze and attempting to find out who and what caused the fire. The cause is unknown, but it is believed to be human-started. These types of fires have become all too common in recent years and have caused extensive damage to many priceless destinations.
Crystal Palace, London, UK
In a world where everything is disposable, it’s heartwarming to see some things still hold value. The destruction of the Crystal Palace dinosaur model is a prime example. This 150-year-old replica was damaged in what police suspect was an act of vandalism, losing its mouth and nose. It’s a shame that someone felt the need to destroy something so valuable, but at least we know that there are still people who care about our history and heritage.
On a more positive note, I think this could be a wake-up call for all of us. Maybe seeing such a valuable piece of history destroyed will make us appreciate it more. We need to start valuing our heritage and taking care of our priceless destinations before they’re ruined by tourists
The British Museum, London, UK
The British Museum is one of London’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s a public history, art, and culture museum that houses a permanent collection of eight million works. Every year, more than six million people visit the museum, which can often lead to crowds. According to people on TripAdvisor, the museum can be great, but it can also be too crowded to enjoy.
One person said that it was “too crowded” to really appreciate the museum. The site Britain-Visitor recommends going in the early morning or during lunchtime on weekdays to avoid the masses of people. If you’re looking to visit the British Museum, make sure you go at a time when it’s not as crowded for a more enjoyable experience.
Rossio Railway Station, Lisbon, Portugal
In a world where people often take things for granted, it’s refreshing to see someone ruin something truly special in the name of tourism. The Rossio Railway Station in Lisbon, Portugal, is a prime example of this. Millions of visitors flock to the station each year, and it’s been an important landmark in the area for 126 years.
However, one man’s attempt to take a selfie with a statue of Dom Sebastio ended up shattering the statue. It’s a shame that such a priceless artifact was ruined in the name of tourism, but it’s also a lesson to be more careful in the future. Hopefully this incident will make people think twice before they damage something irreplaceable while on vacation.
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy
There are many things tourists should not do while visiting a destination, but one of the most important is to refrain from touching the ancient statues and artwork. One unlucky tourist learned this lesson the hard way when they snapped off a finger of a 600-year-old statue in Florence, Italy. The tourist was fined for causing $26,000 worth of damage to the priceless sculpture.
It’s unfortunate when something beautiful and priceless is ruined by someone’s carelessness, but hopefully this story will serve as a reminder to all tourists to be mindful of their surroundings and not touch anything that doesn’t belong to them.
Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island
Rapa Nui Easter Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Chilean National Park. Rapa Nui is the Polynesian word for Easter Island, and the island is famous for its mysterious, beautiful Moai stone statues. According to CNN, “bad tourist behavior” has threatened this precious landmark. People are getting too close to the moai, pretending to pick the statutes’ noses. Getting that close to the moai risks damaging them.
Rapa Nui brings in 100,000 visitors annually, which strains the island’s resources, as the location has a limited water supply and other necessities. However, with careful planning and management, Rapa Nui Easter Park can continue to thrive and welcome tourists worldwide.
Auschwitz Museum, Poland
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is a solemn, sad place that should be treated with respect by all visitors. Unfortunately, in 2019 the Museum had to tell people not to take selfies at the entrance of the concentration camp. These inappropriate selfies made headlines, as people couldn’t believe that social media had driven young photo-takers to be so insensitive and tone-deaf.
Sadly, something as beautiful and priceless as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum has been ruined by tourists who are more interested in capturing a good selfie than paying their respects to those who lost their lives here. This is a grave reminder that we must always be conscious of our actions and consider how they might affect others.
Ice Rink, Rockefeller Center, NYC, USA
The Rockefeller Center ice rink is a popular destination for tourists and New Yorkers alike. However, the rink can often be crowded and difficult to navigate, especially during the holiday season. One TripAdvisor user complained that it was “too crowded” and difficult to get on the ice. Nevertheless, the rink remains a popular tourist attraction.
Despite the crowds, the Rockefeller Center ice rink is a must-see for New York City tourists. The golden Prometheus statue and seventy-five-foot-high Christmas tree are iconic landmarks and make for a memorable experience. Even if you can’t skate, taking in the sights and sounds of this famous Manhattan landmark is well worth the trip.
Niagara Falls, Ontario, CAN
The falls have been a tourist destination for centuries, and human activity has always had an impact on the environment. For decades, wastewater and garbage from local families caused significant pollution to the water and surrounding habitats. Today, the falls are still a popular tourist destination, but tourism has taken its toll on the environment.
Petrochemical, steel, and chemical industries have left their mark on the water quality, while millions of visitors each year have contaminated the sediment and harmed natural habitats. While tourists are often blamed for the damage done to these destinations, it’s important to remember that they are only part of the problem.
Las Vegas Strip, Nevada, USA
The Las Vegas Strip is a mecca for tourists, but it’s often ruined by the bad behavior of some visitors. In 2020, there was a huge melee on the Strip that led to the arrests of 28 people. The Vegas police said that, while they welcomed people who came there to “have fun,” they would not “tolerate” others who came to “prey on…the community.”
This type of bad behavior can often ruin the experience for other tourists. When I think of Las Vegas, I no longer imagine glitz and glamour, but rather a scene of mayhem and chaos. It’s unfortunate that some people have to ruin it for everyone.
Forbidden City, Beijing
The Forbidden City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The city is jam-packed with history and is home to some of the most impressive architecture in the world. However, with so many tourists visiting every year, Beijing was compelled to limit the number of visitors in order to preserve the city.
It’s a shame that we have to be careful with how we visit such historically significant places, but it’s a necessary evil. The Forbidden City is an amazing place and needs to be preserved for future generations. With careful planning and management, I hope that we can continue to enjoy this incredible city for years to come.
Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo
The Disney empire is a global powerhouse, and its parks are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. However, as crowds have continued to grow, it’s become increasingly difficult to enjoy the parks without spending hours in line. Whether you’re a fan of Disney or not, it’s hard to deny that the long queues have ruined the experience for many visitors.
The Disney empire is a powerhouse with a global reach, and just about everyone on Earth knows the brand. Their parks are located in some of the most popular cities in the world, including Tokyo, Japan. Unfortunately, this booming business has led to overcrowding and long lines at the park, which can ruin the experience for visitors. The large crowds mean lengthy queues and an overall unpleasant experience for tourists.
Tate Modern Museum, London, UK
The Tate has an expansive collection of contemporary and modern art from famous artists around the world. In 2007, there was a security breach when two guests at an event at the Tate broke into a level-five gallery that was closed. Though they interfered with the art, there, luckily, was no damage. The entry triggered alarms, the guests were apprehended, and the incident went unreported to the police.
This type of behavior is not limited to just the general public either – celebrities are just as bad. In 2014, actor Russell Crowe was caught on camera apparently spitting on a painting by famous artist Mark Rothko at the same museum.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
As one of Thailand’s most famous cities, Chiang Mai is a popular destination for tourists. However, the influx of people has taken its toll on the city. The historic buildings and Buddhist temples are constantly crowded with people, and the locals have had to adapt to the new realities of tourism.
While the money that comes in from tourists is a huge boon to the city, it has come at a cost. The traditional way of life in Chiang Mai is disappearing, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a quiet spot in the city. Hopefully, as tourism continues to grow, the city will find a way to balance the needs of the visitors with those of the residents.
Empire State Building, New York, USA
When it comes to tourist destinations, the Empire State Building is one of the most popular in the world. Located in Manhattan, New York City, the 102-story building is a major attraction for people from all over. With its beautiful art deco design and impressive height, it’s no wonder that so many people want to visit it every year.
Unfortunately, the crowds can sometimes make visiting the Empire State Building less enjoyable. In order to avoid long lines and crowds, it’s advised that you visit in the morning or late at night. Otherwise, you might find yourself stuck in a queue for hours on end.
Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, Hong Kong
The proposal to revamp the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront was a long and arduous process, but in the end, it was worth it. The new waterfront is now a bustling center of activity, full of locals and tourists alike. However, not everyone is happy with the transformation. The luxury Kowloon Shangri-La hotel fought hard against the proposal, fearing that the construction would interfere with their guests’ views. In the end, they lost out and now must deal with the crowds of people that flock to the waterfront each day.
The skyline is now filled with construction sites as the area undergoes a much-needed revamp. The luxury, high-end hotel, Kowloon Shangri-La, is one of the main opponents of the project and feels that its guests will be disturbed by the noise and construction.
The Zocalo, Mexico City
The Zocalo is a beautiful and historic plaza in Mexico City that has been ruined by the influx of tourists. The plaza is constantly filled with litter, and the air is thick with pollution. The buildings that once surrounded the square are now hidden behind vendors and souvenir stands. The Aztec temples that once stood in the center of the plaza are now surrounded by scaffolding and construction equipment.
The Zocalo is a shadow of its former self and it is sad to see such an important part of Mexican history being degraded in this way. The Zocalo is still a beautiful place, despite the tourists. The buildings and temples are still stunning, and the plaza itself is full of history.
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
With good cause, the Grand Bazaar is one of the most visited tourist attractions on the planet. It is easy to see why 91 million tourists visit every year – it is one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets. It is a shoppers’ paradise with sixty-one covered streets and more than 4,000 shops. However, this popularity comes with a price.
While the Grand Bazaar may be a paradise for tourists, it’s not always a paradise for shopkeepers and artisans who work there. The pollution and crowds can make it difficult to do business. Sometimes shopkeepers have to close their stores because they can no longer handle the noise and chaos.
14th Factory Museum, Los Angeles, USA
In a fit of tourist-y impatience, one woman at the 14th Factory art museum in LA knocked over several sculptures while trying to take an Instagram selfie. The careless act of narcissism caused $200,000 in damage and left three pieces of artwork ruined beyond repair. It’s a popular pop-up art museum in Los Angeles, California. It is not immune to tourists behaving badly.
It’s a shame that such a cool and creative space was destroyed by someone’s quest for the perfect selfie. Tourists need to remember that they’re in someone else’s home when they’re visiting a museum or landmark – be respectful and take care not to disturb the exhibits!
So what can be done to help these destinations? While it is important for tourists to explore different places and learn about new cultures, there must be a limit. It would be beneficial for the locals and the tourists if visitors were more mindful of their surroundings and respectful of the people who live there.
If you want to travel somewhere off the beaten path, do your research first and ensure that the destination is ready for an influx of tourists. Are you someone who likes to visit tourist traps? Or do you think that tourism has gone too far? Let us know in the comments below!