1001 places to see before I die

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Macchi Pichu, Peru

Macchu Pichu in Peru which will be in many guides telling you to visit before you travel on the last voyage of all

This is the time of year when those tourist experts gaze into the crystal balls and tell us where we should go. Just about Travel has been guilty of this itself but some publications take it to extreme.

For the last twenty years we have had guides telling us all the things we should do before we leave this earth. Some of the most popular have been guides that tell us the 1,000, 1,001 or 500 places that we must see without even bothering to consider that most of us will never have the time or the inclination to do it.

The more times that a destination is placed first the more people that might be inclined to visit it but would most people be happy to be amongst hordes of other tourists? I for one wouldn’t want to be anywhere near such an attraction when the most I am likely to see would be other tourists.

The Rialto in Venice without the throng of tourists! Managing tourist numbers is a problem in the city

But surely I am safe with a book listing a thousand? If a person visited everyone from the time they are fifteen until they are 85 they would still have to manage 14-15 every year! That will never happen unless you happen to be gloriously rich and don’t have to work for a living. But how to select the attractions that most people won’t visit? I assume that many are likely to visit the ones that are easiest to get to. An attraction in the middle of Greenland or Siberia is unlikely to be receiving a substantial horde of tourists despite any appeal it might have. Am I limited then to out-of-the-way places to avoid the crowds? I hope that isn’t the solution because, like most of us, I don’t want to spend an eternity travelling to get to a destination. That would be as off-putting as seeing hordes of crowds.

These books and articles are not helping me. There are just too many for the average traveller

Wouldn’t it be better to suggest something more manageable like one or two places a year with a maximum of probably 100 things to see?

You might even argue that tourism pollution (some gracefully call it over-tourism) only grows due to the encouragement of such books and media stories. But that suggestion I shall leave for another day.



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