Yes, ban them and charge admission.
Yes, ban them and charge admission.
Did you see the latest news about Bruges?
"“When you have tourists who don’t stay a long time they go to just one
part of the city, and the shops there are fixed on tourists. So what do
they sell? Chocolate and beer. The inhabitants of Bruges don’t recognise
their own city. They see no clothes shops, butchers, bakers. Only
chocolate and beer.”"
I think it's a common factor in all tourist cities. Even here on Lake Como there are crowded villages making tourists where normal people have to go to other countries to buy bread or vegetables because now there are only shops selling tourist junk. Now the whole world revolves around gain and speculation. This is very sad..
Did you see the latest from BBC?
Thanks for sharing this article is very interesting. I agree with everything he says and it would be interesting to develop the topic here in Cake. I think you could ask people to tell you what are the reasons why they choose a destination for their vacation.
I add another shocking thing that some tourists do and that doesn't seem to be mentioned in the article: take a relic from the places visited to show to friends, often destroying mosaics of rare beauty or ancient constructions ( for example Pompeii or Ephesus) There are even people who take the sand away from the beaches because its white or pink color makes it extraordinary!!
Wild tourists should be severely punished
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There is a big difference between a tourist and a traveller. A tourist (and I have been one on many occasions before realising how much I despise it) has usually a fixed checklist of things to see and do. They are more like an accountant combined with a rugby player all rolled into one, nothing stands in the way of their "enjoyment". Yes life is short, but jamming senselessly as many as possible activities in a very limited time for the sake of covering our eternal checklist is no longer my idea of enjoying it. So set lesser expectations, be gracious and respectful of foreign places and people, open your mind, and you will enjoy much deeper connections with travel, even if it's just over in the next country or state, or across the world. But, how do you teach this?
..anyone knows if Mr. Bean has an instagram feed?
Unbelievable, another narrowly avoided calamity! I am curious, except for of course the picturesque panorama of it all, why they insist coming so close in the very fragile canal waters with those behemoths.
just for money. This is really shameful 😤
Just saw this: I have always wanted to go to Cinque Terre. Eeek!
It's not just Italy anymore, apparently.
I remember long ago taking a motorcyle (semi) organized tour of Mexico.. One of the fellow riders, was a Texan, journalist by trade and a hoot as a drinking partner. Me and a friend used to pull out our cameras every stop and opportunity we'd get, and start snapping photo's right away, as many as possible.. and the Texan would go (with his best accent): "dayum, y'er like Japanese tourists!!!!" hahahahaaa...
now it's impossible to visit these places on holidays or during the summer holidays. I luckily went to the Cinque Terre a few years ago but at the end of August and was able to enjoy the beauty of these places with tranquility and walk on the "way of love" 💗 without the crowd of tourists 👍
I went in the mountains and still found too many people there - Elk River Falls
.. for my taste, anyway.. I don't have a problem per se most places, with any other visiting people, but there was a couple ostentatiously sun bathing, occupying the best photo op spot down the falls, and that really was a sour view in my opinion (I did what I could to avoid them being in the picture but that also made me miss certain view angle I'd have liked to photograph the falls from).
These are beautiful photos! You'd never know you were trying to adjust around the people on the shore.
I think what instagram (and other "social" avenues online) does, is funnel the narcissistic side of people, feeding it's ego until it becomes acceptable to lose common sense (if it ever existed in some) over the self centered, manufactured image, projected for others to applaud. It's pretty darn deep and I have no answer where the line should be, because we are social beings who need others for our mental health. But not in the way we are doing it, superficially. What social media allows is lack of something that would be required as part of a one on one, sincere relationship in real life. Thus, in my view, it becomes a very convenient yet fake way of living our lives ( by that I mean the part where we share with others and get feedback); will it ever get better?
Another article on the subject:
It's the herd effect!
now I no longer believe in anything, especially the promises of politicians. In small cities the rules imposed by mayors work because the local police manage to keep the situation under control, but in a big city like Rome it is very difficult..
This is an interesting approach.
Interesting... my first attempt to guess at a solution would be one way to try and "regulate" the visitor influx using free market principles. i.e. pricing based on availability, demand and offer. I am sure it's not so simple to define "tourists" yet if, for example, locals control say, bed and breakfast, or restaurant prices, then it could help.