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Want to Avoid Other Tourists When You Travel? Here's Where to Go

Some of the world’s most popular destinations are deciding they’re not OK with hordes—even if you are. Try these destinations if you want a little space.
Singapore skyline at dawn, showing the Marina Bay Sands and the Flyer.
Photographer: Martin Puddy/Stone Sub

Travelers have clocked 369 million international trips so far this year, an incredible sum equal to nearly 1.6 million trips per day. Year to date, it’s 21 million more passport stamps than were achieved in early 2016. And some of the most popular destinations simply can’t handle the volume.

Look no further than Venice. As the floating city deals with the threat of rising tides, it’s also being flooded by cruise ships and mass tourism, turning a romantic paradise into a mashup between Disney World and Times Square.