Over Tourism

In one of my travel agent e-journals, there has been a series of articles on over-tourism. This phenomenon exists when particular venues appear on everyone’s “bucket list.” For summer 2018, these include Venice, the Great Wall of China, and Machu Picchu.

Ha! We have already done those! Increasingly, Iceland is added to that bucket list. Consider that there are really only three really good months to visit that island, which compresses the space and increases the number of tourists – so that they greatly outnumber the residents.

Resentment from the residents (their favorite spots are overloaded with tourists, while at the same time, tourists are jockeying for that great spot for the picture of the century that will wow those at home. (Sort of like trying to get up close to see Mona Lisa in the Louvre or when we were in the Vatican Museum in the last days of Pope John Paul II and I felt that I could lift my feet and be carried along.)

Just one more reason to work with an experienced travel consultant who keeps up on the sites that are more conducive to good timing – and who also get admission tickets so that you don’t have to stand in a long line. Good local agents know back ways into popular sites and can often  get admission to sites before they officially open!