Popular vacation spots such as Venice, Italy; the Galapagos Islands; Barcelona, Spain; and Macchu Picchu have begun taking steps to protect their destinations from the effects of overcrowding by managing access and establishing visitor fees. If you still plan to visit tourism hot spots, consider a shoulder or off-season trip when the crowds may be less of a concern. When researching your next family adventure, review second-tier cities, national parks with fewer visitors, uncrowded beaches or other locations not currently experiencing a high profile as holiday possibilities. Consider traveling with a tour operator that gives back to their communities and makes a strong effort to tread softly in each destination. Companies such as Intrepid, one of the first carbon-neutral tour operators, and G Adventures, a small group adventure firm that helps develop rural tourism projects, are among those striving to find a healthy balance in the travel equation.
Contact: www.Intrepid.com; www.GAdventures.com