International tourism grew a staggering 7 percent last year, well beyond the typical annual growth rate of about 4 percent. For the many destinations that base their economies on tourism, this travel boom is a blessing.
Other famous spots, however, have grown tired of the constant stream of travelers who are turning their beloved homes into glorified theme parks.
To take one recent example, the mayor of Florence received flack last year when he tried to keep tourists from sitting on the steps of the city’s historic churches by having cleaners hose down the steps before lunchtime. His plan backfired when the notoriously hot Italian sun dried the pavement faster than the workers could keep it hosed.
Here are some other bucket-list destinations that, due to over-tourism, you might want to give a second thought. Or at the very least, plan ahead for very large crowds or more restricted access.