Avoiding “Overtourism” in 2024 and 2025

April 3, 2024

As you plan your travel, it’s crucial to be aware of the impact of “overtourism” in popular destinations like Italy, France, and Japan.

However, this should not discourage you from traveling to these destinations! There is a reason why they are so popular, as they offer so much to experience in terms of history, culture, food and more. One great way to visit these locations is through private tours and leveraging a travel professional’s local partnerships. 

To navigate the challenges of over tourism and ensure a memorable trip, consider working with a travel advisor who leverages special in-destination partnerships. As a professional Travel Advisor (not a hobbyist) my agency invests significant time and money engaging and developing partner relationships (globally and domestically) that will ensure my clients have a great experiences during travel.  

These partnerships, often described as “boots on the ground,” have intimate knowledge of these destinations. They can recommend personalized, private tours that allow you to avoid crowds and make the most of your time, providing authentic experiences that cater to your interests and preferences. They can provide insight into where to go and avoid, and match experiences suited for specific clients. By tapping into these partnerships, you can enjoy the best of these iconic destinations while minimizing the impact of over tourism. Here are some benefits:

  • Tailored Itineraries: Private tours offer the flexibility to customize itineraries according to a travelers’ preferences and interests. Whether it is art, history, cuisine, or adventure, private guides can curate personalized experiences that cater to the ideal vacation. This tailored approach allows travelers to focus on their areas of interest while avoiding tourist traps. From private museum tours to culinary experiences, private tours can offer a bespoke experience unique to individual tastes.
  • Exclusive Access: While popular tourist sites may be overrun with crowds, private guides can arrange behind-the-scenes access, private viewings, and special privileges that enhance the experience. Whether it’s a private sunrise tour of an ancient temple, a wine tasting in a historic vineyard, or a private yacht charter to secluded islands, private tours offer unparalleled access to unique and exclusive experiences that are off-limits to the general public.
  • Escape the Crowds: As you can see in pictures, overtourism often results in crowded attractions, long queues, and limited access to iconic landmarks. Private tours provide an opportunity for travelers to potentially avoid those lines and explore destinations at their own pace. With a private guide, clients can access off-the-beaten-path sites, hidden gems that are inaccessible to larger tour groups. This ensures a more intimate and immersive travel experience without the stress of navigating through throngs of tourists.
  • Expert Guidance: Private tours are led by knowledgeable and experienced guides who provide valuable insights, context, and commentary throughout the journey. These local experts offer insider tips, historical anecdotes, and cultural perspectives that enhance understanding of the destination. It’s truly the difference between “seeing” and “experiencing”.

While private touring may entail higher costs and necessitate advance planning, they offer invaluable advantages that greatly enrich travelers’ experiences. The increased cost is justified by the exclusivity and personalized attention provided, ensuring a tailored exploration of over-touristed destinations. Moreover, advance planning ensures availability, particularly during peak seasons, granting travelers peace of mind and allowing for a more seamless itinerary. Ultimately, these considerations underscore the immense value of private tours in providing unparalleled insight, comfort, and access to sought-after destinations, enriching travel experiences in profound ways.

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