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7 Destinations To Avoid This Summer Due To Overtourism

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The travel industry has been recovering after the health crisis and travelers are ready to check off their bucket lists. 

Rumor has it that summer travel in 2023 will be the busiest —and most expensive— of the past few years and will hit new records.

A recent study performed by the American Society of Travel Advisors Consumer Research revealed that 63% of Americans have travel plans for this year. 

crowded street La Rambla in Barcelona.jpeg

But where are travelers going? Is your next destination worth visiting with the large crowds?

Here are 7 top travel destinations for summer 2023 where overtourism is expected:

Santorini, Greece

This beautiful Greek island is gaining popularity as an overrated destination, mostly because it feels way too touristy. 

Yes, the sunsets and the iconic white houses are amazing, but getting in line to admire the view and waiting for a long time so that people move to get that good picture can be tiring. 

Instead, travelers can visit other not-so-popular but yet amazing Greek islands like Spetses and Kythira to avoid the annoying crowds.

Tourists admiring the view in Santorini

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has it all: the beautiful historic buildings and the magnificent modern structures, the great beaches, the nice outdoor experiences, the amazing food, and great bars and restaurants… and the masses!

This Spanish city is expected to be very busy this summer and local authorities are already complaining about tourists—especially cruise passengers. 

The city’s deputy mayor, Janet Sanz, expressed her concern a few days ago about the poor economic impact of this tourism and the impressive crowds. 

Happy woman tourist visiting Barcelona in Spain- Triumphal arch

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Italy never disappoints travelers, but when it comes to having the best experience, there are certain destinations that —especially if travelers have already visited them— might be better to avoid. 

The Amalfi Coast is gorgeous, the breathtaking coastal views and the fascinating towns make it a dreamy destination, but it does get very congested. 

One of the most popular towns on the Amalfi coast is Portofino, and its mayor, Mayor Matteo Viacava,  recently announced that travelers who take too long taking pictures could be fined  €275.

Aerial view of Positano with comfortable beach and blue sea on Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy.

Venice, Italy

Another Italian city makes the cut. Venice authorities have been warning about a new entry fee for tourists to avoid overtourism and sustain the economy.

This iconic destination will probably get very crowded this summer. Travelers can opt for other alternatives in Europe, like Malta or Aveiro in Portugal, where they will also see beautiful gondolas and canals.

Gondola and crowd of people near the Bridge of Sighs on Riva degli Schiavoni in Venice Italy at day.

Hawaii, United States

Hawaii is considered by many travelers the United State’s paradise. The spectacular beaches, amazing nature, and activities make it the perfect summer destination.

Hawaiian Airlines added more routes from major U.S. cities for this summer as the destination continues to grow in popularity.

But travelers must know that due to the large crowds and thinking of ways to protect natural environments, there are new rules in place. 

surfers in hawaii in the purple sunset

The iconic Iao Valley Needle just opened its doors, but access is no longer free. Visitors must pay an online reservation—$5 per person— and book in advance to visit.

Last year, the Diamond Head State Monument announced similar measures as well. Visiting Hawaii will require more planning this summer and travelers are advised to avoid the tourist hot spots.

Istanbul, Turkey

According to a recent study on the top European cities for American travelers this summer, this city showed a 183% increase in booking this year compared to last year. 

Turkey is expected to be busier than ever, and Istanbul will be the center of attention as it is the number one destination for foreign visitors. 

Young Female Tourist Pictured With Her Backpack As She Stands On Galata Bridge Looking At The Historical Peninsula Of Istanbul, Turkyie, Turkey, Eurasia, Middle East, Eastern Europe

Kyoto And Tokyo, Japan

Travelers are flocking to Japan this year like bees to a honeypot.

Its interesting culture, beautiful landscapes, delicious food, and impressive buildings, temples, and monuments are on many travelers' minds. 

Now that there are important changes for American travelers, like new budget routes and entry requirements removed, visitors can expect large crowds, especially in top cities like Kyoto and Tokyo. 

Young Female Tourist In Japan, Southeast Asia

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