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9 destinations to AVOID in 2018

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It’s a new year, and a new opportunity to travel to new lands and experience new cultures. 

However, as travellers, we must always remember to make a conscious effort to be courteous and show awareness of the misfortunes that happen upon our incredible planet.

In light of recent environmental and political issues, editors at Fodor created the Fodor’s No List 2018, outlining the destinations to steer clear of this year.

1. Places with too many tourists

Hot spots such as Venice, Amsterdam and Thailand have recently had to instate strict tourist bans and limitations due to tourist overcrowding and damage to natural ecosystems.

Think of the residents, and say no to these destinations in 2018.

2. The Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are a global treasure, home to some of the most extensive and unusual ranges of flora and fauna.

They are also extremely vulnerable to outside factors, meaning the Ecuadorian government has instated extremely strict laws to protect its wildlife from interference from tourists.

Think carefully when considering the Galapagos islands as your next travel destination - it is after all, our duty as voyagers of the world to do what we can to protect it.

 

3. The Taj Mahal

I’m going to take a wild guess and assume the Taj Mahal is on your bucket list. It is undeniably beautiful; a worldly treasure.

This year, however, it’s not going to be looking quite its usual self. The dome will be undergoing a thorough clean, covering it in a mud paste to counteract the surface’s yellowing over time.

Officials are saying the work won’t begin until March this year – so maybe put off ticking this one off the list until 2019 at the very earliest.

 

4. Phang Nga Park, Thailand

Paradise. Everybody wants it, and hundreds of thousands of us have found it in Thailand.

So much so, that the once pristine natural environment has been completely overwhelmed by tourism. Government officials have found their once beautiful beaches filled with solid and liquid waste and coastal rubbish.

Fodor’s suggests taking the road “less littered and enjoy a tropical vacay away from the fray.”

5. Myanmar

Myanmar is a true spectacle; a rich cultural and environmental landscape dotted with sacred gold and diamond-encrusted temples.

But since August, the violent campaign against ethnic Rohingya community has seen thousands fleeing their homes to neighbouring Bangladesh.

The cruel persecution of the Rohingya people has been labelled by the UN as a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing”.  

 

6. Mt. Everest

We all know someone who claims bragging rights after climbing to base camp or beyond. 

Although Mt. Everest is a stunning path for testing your mental and physical capabilities, it comes with a hefty price tag (between $25-45,000) and an even higher risk of danger.

The mountain claimed six lives in 2017, with the possibility of ever-changing climates and melting ice making Everest more perilous than ever.

7. Missouri

Missouri is a state filled with ultimate BBQ joints and jazz clubs.

However, it is also the place where a state rep argued that homosexuals weren’t human beings, and discrimination of people of colour, women, the disabled, foreigners and people of faith is rife.  

Fodor’s suggests avoiding the state, after an NAACP travel advisory puts it on a no-go list.

 

 

8. Honduras

Honduras is one of the only places in the world to see rare marine wildlife up close and personal.

However, it also has one of the highest murder rates in the world, particularly among members of the LGBTQ community.

Both locals and travellers have noted their fears of the local law enforcement.

9. The Great Wall & Beijing

The Great Wall is under threat from mining, erosion, graffiti, construction, but most notably, tourists.

If you’re planning to travel to China, Beijing is looking the better option. That is, once plans to reduce the city’s alarming levels of toxic smog have come into place.

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