At the beginning of each calendar year, travel companies and publications often push out lists of places around the world you should try to explore in the coming months. Fodor's takes a different tack with its "No List," detailing the locations it thinks you should avoid in 2018 because there are current issues that may dampen your travel experience, the location needs a break from tourists, or for other reasons. Not that the tourism publisher thinks these places should be on the "do not enter" list forever. It's just that "sometimes you have to say no to the ones you love in hopes that they can recover, reconsider, or reform." Here, five of the destinations with a (hopefully) temporary line through them and why Fodor's is warning against them:
- The Galapagos: The annual influx of tourists is making the island chain's "fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems" vulnerable.
- The "places that don't want you to visit": Some locales, such as Venice and Peru's Machu Picchu, are simply overwhelmed and their resources strained by so many visitors; Fodor's says the people there need a brief "staycation" from the rest of the world.
- The Taj Mahal: The iconic landmark is going to be coated in mud for much of the year (a regimen meant to keep the structure from yellowing). That doesn't exactly make for great photos.
- Thailand's Phang Nga National Park: The "rush to paradise" has marred the park's coral reefs and disrupted its marine life. It desperately needs some recovery time.
- Myanmar: It's a matter of humanitarian conscience that puts this country on Fodor's list. The publisher doesn't think anyone should visit while the persecution and "ethnic cleansing" of the Muslim minority Rohingya continues there.
Check out the other no-go locales on Fodor's list
, then view the "coolest places"
to see in 2018. (Read more travel tips