As crowds of travelers concentrate their attention on the world’s most popular destinations, a byproduct of this increase in travel means that if the original character of these places is not in jeopardy now, it soon will be.
Kurt Kutay, founder and president of Wildland Adventures, offers six ways to travel responsibly in an age of overtourism.
1. Manage Your Expectations and Emotions
“Aligning expectations with reality is half of the road to happiness,” Kutay says. “If we allow preconceived notions of the Taj Mahal or Machu Picchu—without crowds—drive our desire to travel halfway around the world to experience these iconic destinations firsthand, we may indeed leave disappointed.”
2. Find a Local Connection
Hiring a local guide will help deepen the travel experience, while avoiding the “group think” impact of large tour groups, Kutay says. A good local guide can…