Too Many People Want to Travel Web
: Annie Lowrey : The Atlantic : June 4, 2019
The economic rise of India and China and the billions of people who live in those countries is a great thing, having lifted so many people out of poverty. But as they get wealthy, those people have normal middle-class aspirations, such as the desire to travel. And of course many of them want to see the most famous sites, the things they have heard about. Net result, tourist sites are now overwhelmed with visitors much of the time.
The Mona Lisa isn’t going to get any bigger. There is only one Eiffel Tower. Historic areas are what they are; they can’t be expanded. So while the size of famous tourist attractions doesn’t grow, the number of visitors does.
Just to use one example, there are now 14 times as many tourists going to Bali as when we first went in 1989. Which is why Ubud is such a mess. And while most tourists to Bali used to be Australian, they are now Chinese.
Welcome to the new world of travel, where the number one goal is to find a place that is it not so crowded that you can still appreciate it.
SummaryMassive crowds are causing environmental degradation, dangerous conditions, and the immiseration and pricing-out of locals.