Avoid traveling to these places if you want to help the planet

2022 has been a terrible year for the climate.

In Europe, severe heat waves killed more than 16,000 people, nearly 1,700 died in flooding in Pakistan, and Hurricane Ian in the US claimed the lives of 109 people.

Catastrophic weather events caused nearly $37 billion worth of damage worldwide from January to September 2022, according to insurance broker Aon.

Many factors contribute to climate change, including travel, which causes about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

While tourism can boost local economies and, let’s face it, most of us love to go on vacation (especially post-Covid), there are certain destinations you should reconsider visiting.

Fodor’s Travel Guide has published its annual No List for 2023, which highlights “natural attractions that might need a break to heal and rejuvenate; cultural hotspots that are plagued by overcrowding and resource depletion; and locations around the world immediately and dramatic.” affected by the water crises.

Here’s a look at some of the places they suggest to skip next year.

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Oh the places you shouldn’t go

French cliffs and coast

France’s coastline is eroding, thanks to a flood of tourists. Places like Étretat, Normandy, a picturesque place that attracted many impressionist painters, have been particularly hard hit. Fodor’s reports that regular foot traffic along the white cliffs is causing frequent landslides.

The situation has become so untenable that even government officials are asking tourists to stay away. “We need tourism, but you have to find a balance,” said Jean-Baptiste Renié, a city councilor for Étretat. Many of them [the tourists] they leave angry after having been in the car for several hours without being able to find parking, a place to eat or toilets because there is not enough infrastructure.”

Lake Tahoe, California

During the pandemic, people flocked to this beautiful spot nestled deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains. They didn’t leave. The result has been a mass of humanity and traffic polluting the area and its pristine lake.

Community leaders and residents are so concerned that they have started an organization called The League to Save Lake Tahoe with a mission to protect the “environmental health” of the Lake Tahoe watershed.

According to its website, “heavy traffic turns Tahoe’s roads into fine dust and debris and releases exhaust emissions into the air. When it rains or snow melts, stormwater carries these fine pollution particles into the lake, clouding its waters.” cobalt blue”.

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Venice Italy

With its historic canals, ancient monuments, and excellent restaurants, Venice is one of the most popular destinations in the world. But herein lies the problem. The city on the water was not built for so many tourists.

Fodor’s reports a ratio of 370 visitors for every resident per year.

Venice was already prone to flooding and rising sea levels, and the millions of tourists who pour into the city each year exacerbate the problem. Local authorities have introduced laws to keep out the hordes, including a ban on cruise ships in the center of town. And starting next year, Venice will charge an entrance fee just to enter the city.

Cornwall, England

Cornwall is popular for its mild climate, spectacular beaches and unique culture. But like many old cities, the infrastructure cannot accommodate as many visitors.

“Narrow lanes through highways and limited parking at some of the county’s most popular sites combine to create congestion, pollution and litter,” one resident told Fodor’s.

thailand

The Fodor’s No list didn’t highlight a specific part of Thailand: it warned people to stay away from the entire country. Why?

“Popular bucket list destination Maya Bay, Phi Phi Leh, made famous by the movie directed by Danny Boyle The beach starring Leonardo di Caprio, had to close in 2018 due to severe ecological damage caused by the almost 3,000 daily visitors and moored boats,” says Fodor’s.

And it’s no better up north. Chiang Mai, the resort city in northern Thailand, is among the most polluted cities in the world.

Maui, Hawaii

Maui suffers from severe water shortages thanks to record high temperatures, a lack of rain, and tourists, who consume most of the island’s water supply.

The island has been in a “stage 1 water shortage” since June 30 due to dry conditions. West Maui, home to the popular tourist destination Lahaina, is particularly arid.

“As dry weather continues, reservoir levels and trench flows will continue to drop, and Upcountry water treatment facilities may not be able to keep up with demand,” said the director of the Upcountry Department of Supply. Water, Helene Kau.

You can find the full list of Fodor’s No’s here.

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