I love this article from Fodor’s, in which they detail the top 10 places you shouldn’t go in 2018. In the introduction, the editors emphasize that they love these places, but that for various reasons we should give them a miss for at least this year. Several of them are under environmental threat from so many visitors — the Galapagos Islands, various Thai islands, Machu Picchu. They recommend against other places for different reasons, for example they suggest that Americans don’t go to Cuba just yet because the American government has strict rules about what you’re allowed to do and see, which goes against the spirit of travel.
They also recommend against visiting three places because the human rights abuses there are so bad that they fear for travelers’ safety and also they don’t want us giving our tourist dollars to these regimes: Myanmar, Honduras, and Missouri. Myanmar is committing genocide against the Rohingya people, the police in Honduras target LGBTQ people for abuse and even murder, and the police violence and lack of legal repercussions in Missouri is such a problem that the NAACP has issued a travel advisory for the whole state.
Kudos to Fodor’s for facing the uglier side of travel head-on, and for naming and shaming the powerful groups that make some destinations unsafe for all but a very narrow slice of humanity. It can be tricky to decide whether you should visit a place and support the locals with your tourist dollars despite the bad choices their government is making, or whether staying away will help pressure that government to change. I really want to visit Russia and take the Trans-Siberian Railway, for example, but Putin and his cronies’ treatment of just about everyone is so vile that I can’t stomach the idea. Yet I’m planning a trip to Israel, and that government’s treatment of Palestinians is terrible. I make these decisions on a case-by-case basis. How about you? Do you have a set of criteria for things that might make you skip a place on principle?
I refuse to visit Turkey, because of Erdogan’s totalitarian regime. He goes after his own people, and until he acknowledges the armenian genocide (which will never happen) I refuse to go there.
Totally understandable, Hava! His apparently unshakable regime is so distressing.
Great information Lisa. I can’t believe Missouri is on the list. We think we are making progress until we take a look at reality. Keep up the good work. Love from Ted and me.
Yes I’m glad they chose to include Missouri, because it really highlights that exact problem for us Americans.
Thank you so much for this information – and from Fodor’s, yet!
Yeah – Missouri was a “Hunh?!” after my “of course” responses to the other places.
Thank you for letting us Stay-at-homes 8-( know what’s going on out there in travelland.
And just for a chuckle (and some compensation for my static situation) – my cat jumped up on my bed to take her afternoon nap (customary) and startled mightily when the reflected waving branches on the wall caught her eye. Small enjoyments. Also, it is not only not raining, the sun is shining. Whew!
Keep enjoying where and how you are. We are!
Irene, ready and willing to show you around the Skagit (that’s a “j” sound) Valley!
When are you heading to Israel? My in-laws have been many times and have friends throughout the country (who are happy to share their home with visitors), so let me know if you’d like me to put you in touch, or even just ask them for tips!