Fodor’s Travel is usually in the business of telling people where they should go on vacation. But in the spirit of ethical and responsible tourism, the travel site has also started telling people where not to go.
In its „No List 2020,“ Fodor’s suggests 13 places to skip if you’re planning a trip next year. Near the top of the list is Big Sur, which locals have been complaining is suffering from overtourism. Chief among people’s complaints are miles-long traffic backups on Highway 1, dangerous selfies on the Bixby Creek Bridge, and illegal camping.
Fodor’s points out one gross consequence of an overcrowded Big Sur: „the lack of public bathrooms and the disgusting roadside consequences of the scarcity of these facilities.“
The surge in visitors has been blamed in part on the popularity of HBO’s „Big Little Lies,“ set in Monterey County with an opening sequence that shows a beautiful drive down Highway 1.
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While some locals may be fed up with the traffic jams and crowds, others in the Big Sur travel business don’t seem to be complaining all that much.
“You know the Big Sur community needs visitation to survive,” Rick Aldinger, manager of the Big Sur River Inn, told KSBW. „Suggesting that people stay away just isn’t the answer.“
And that’s not entirely what Fodor’s is getting at; the list is meant to make people think about the impact of their travel plans and the footprint they leave behind.
„Being featured on the No List is not a scarlet letter. Rather, it’s a promise that when we do cover the destinations mentioned here – all of which are, truly, wondrous places – we’ll be doing so responsibly,“ Fodor’s editors write.
See Fodor’s full No List 2020 here.
Alix Martichoux is an SFGATE digital editor. Read her latest stories and send her news tips at email@example.com.