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Travel Tip: When Travel Destinations Become Too Popular

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Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons User Saxo

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When is a destination just too popular?

What is the tipping point when too many tourists descend on that location?

Is it possible to love a place to death?

A growing number of cities seem to think so and are moving to limit tourism growth.

Barcelona, Venice, and Santorini are all grappling with tourism overcrowding.

Norway is now calling for a limit on tourists trekking to popular spots.

Bermuda has placed a moratorium on the number of cruise ships that can dock or anchor on any given day of the week.

One national park in Thailand was closed indefinitely because of too many tourists.

Even in Utah, Zion National Park is expecting a record four million visitors this year.

Park officials are considering putting a cap on tourist arrivals.

Iceland, where the number of visitors increased a whopping 76 percent in the last 10 years, is also considering limiting arrivals.

The translation? As a short term solution, consider the off season for all of these destinations.

The long term solution? No one knows.

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