Bucket lists are ruining tourist hotspots – here’s where to go instead

Forget the Taj Mahal and head for Orchha, as well as other lesser-known locations, to help prevent popular destinations getting overrun

I first noticed the phenomenon in Seville cathedral. A tour group trailing behind an umbrella-wielding guide were put on the spot. Quite literally. The guide pointed to a particular flagstone and said: “This is where you take your picture.” And they all did. And the next group, too.

That was before Instagram and the trend for bucket lists, so I don’t think either of these can be entirely to blame for the threat to some of the world’s most popular tourist sites, as a new Abta survey has suggested. Instead, they have simply exaggerated a human trait to the point where those favoured sites can no longer cope.

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