They say nothing lasts forever, and this can be true for popular tourist attractions as well. From air pollution to rising sea levels to mass tourism, there are several factors that are causing some of our most beloved and popular world attractions to disappear. So if your bucket list is filled with places to travel, you may want to check this list and start packing your bags sooner rather than later. You never know what the future holds, but for these 10 places, the future is looking anything but promising.
1. Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands – a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean – is a province of Ecuador and is considered one of the world’s best destinations for viewing wildlife. That’s why these islands have seen tourism increase at 12 per cent per year. However, hotels, restaurants and motor vehicles are taking away from the area’s natural beauty. As well, animals such as goats and pigs, are being smuggled into the islands, which leads to competition from the local wildlife for food. Cruise ships are also said to bring in rats to the islands that are contributing to the decline of the natural wonders of these islands. See this amazing place before it disappears.
2. The Maldives
Made up of several islands, this country sits just 8 feet above sea level. Most people visit the area because of the beautiful waters that make snorkelling, diving and seaplane tours amazing. However, with rising sea levels and coral bleaching, it’s believed the country will be completely underwater in less than 100 years. The problem is so serious that in 2008, the President announced the government would start buying land in other countries for future homes for citizens displaced by rising waters. See this amazing place before it disappears.