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8 Vulnerable Tourist Destinations to Protect Before It’s Too Late

8 Vulnerable Tourist Destinations to Protect Before It’s Too Late

Vulnerable tourist destinations are under threat due to over-tourism and environmental damage. These places need to be protected before it’s too late. As travelers, we have a responsibility to travel sustainably and take action to preserve the natural beauty of these locations. It’s time to take green action and make a difference for the earth. In this article, we will explore 8 vulnerable tourist destinations that need our attention and protection.

Amazon Rainforest – South America

biodiversity in the amazon rainforest
Biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest.

Located in the heart of South America, spanning eight different countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Surinam, and Venezuela), the Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest. It is also considered the “green lung” of the planet, more than a third of plant and animal species can be found in the Amazon. The region is also home to some of the most isolated tribes on earth.

Sadly, about 40% of this vast ecosystem has been destroyed over the past four decades. Due to deforestation, illegal logging, and global warming, the Amazon could be gone in 50 years if we don’t take action to protect it now.

Great Barrier Reef – Australia

australian great barrier reef
Australian Great Barrier Reef.

In fact, this destination is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. With a length of more than 1,600 miles (nearly 2,600km), the Great Barrier Reef possesses about 3,000 large and small coral reefs and many tropical islands. It is home to thousands of species of fish, coral, and other creatures, forming a colorful underwater world. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most vulnerable tourist destinations in the world.

The Great Barrier Reef and its species are in danger from rising sea temperatures, plastic waste, and other pollutants. Experts estimate the Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its surface area in the past 30 years. Therefore, if we don’t start changing our behavior, this place could be gone in less than a decade.

Mount Kilimanjaro Glaciers – Tanzania, East Africa

Kilimanjaro glacier on the peak of the mountain
Kilimanjaro glacier on the peak of the mountain.

Kilimanjaro, at 5,895m above sea level, is the highest mountain in Africa. It’s also one of the most photographed mountains in the world. However, these glaciers are melting rapidly. Scientists have found that 85% of the ice that covered the mountain had disappeared by 1912. By 2050, the Mount Kilimanjaro glaciers could be completely gone.

Do you think of conquering this mountain before it disappeared?

Read more: All You Need to Know to Conquer Kilimanjaro – The Highest Mountain in Africa

Galápagos Islands – Ecuador

A Galápagos sea lion on Punta Pitt at San Cristobal Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
A Galápagos sea lion on Punta Pitt at San Cristobal Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.

Currently, Galápagos Islands is one of the most vulnerable tourist destinations in the world. The flora and fauna that inhabit this archipelago of Ecuador are slowly disappearing into the vast Pacific Ocean, under the onslaught of tourism over the past few decades. Additionally, the constant landing of flights, countless illegal hunting ships, and the introduction of invasive species have had serious consequences.

The Ecuadorian government works to protect the species that inhabit the island. Besides that, we need green tourism actions, before they suffer further environmental damage.

Dead Sea – Israel, Jordan, and Palestine

Dead Sea is one of the most endangered tourist destinations in the world
The Dead Sea is one of the most endangered tourist destinations in the world.

The water levels of most of the world’s oceans are rising due to global warming and the shrinking of ice caps at the poles. Whereas, the opposite is happening with the Dead Sea, which is slowly dying away. Indeed, water levels are falling by almost a meter per year. A combination of human and geological factors caused the issue.

The Dead Sea isn’t going away in the next few years. However, its medium and long-term forecasts aren’t promising unless things change.

Rainforest – Congo

Aerial view of the plants in the Congo Rainforest
Aerial view of the plants in the Congo Rainforest. Image credit to CIFOR on Flickr.

The Congo Rainforest, the second largest river basin in the world, second only to the Amazon, plays an important role in mitigating the impact of carbon dioxide levels on the earth. The forested area extends across several African countries. In fact, it is one of the most vulnerable wilderness areas on the planet. The rainforest is home to gorillas, elephants, buffalo, and many other species of savannahs, forests, and swamps.

Scientists predict that a significant number of plant and animal species will disappear by 2040. That resulted from deforestation, illegal logging, and wildlife trafficking.

Sundarbans Mangrove Forest – India and Bangladesh

plants in the sundarbans mangrove forest
Plants in the Sundarbans mangrove forest.

Located along the border between India and Bangladesh, the Sundarbans are home to a variety of endangered species, from the rare tree-climbing fish to the world’s last population of mangrove-dwelling tigers. Unhappily, this World Biosphere Heritage site is increasingly threatened by toxic wastewater, industrial pollution, and heavy logging in the area.

Glacier National Park – USA

The beautiful Glacier National Park - one of the vulnerable tourist destinations
The beautiful Glacier National Park.

The park is located in the state of Montana, USA, near the Canadian border with beautiful glaciers between mountain peaks, waterfalls, forests, and hundreds of lakes. It is also home to elk, bears, and mountain goats.

There were more than 150 glaciers in the 19th century. Nevertheless, only 25 remain today. According to scientists, if the planet continues to warm at the current rate, all of them will disappear in just over 20 years.

Let’s Save Our Earth Before It’s Too Late

The article highlights some of the world’s most beautiful but endangered travel destinations. Thus, I call upon travelers to act sustainably by preserving the natural environment, supporting local communities, and taking action to protect the earth. Moreover, travelers must be aware of the negative impact they could have on these vulnerable areas and should adopt responsible travel practices to preserve them for future generations. By traveling sustainably, tourists can help preserve the planet’s natural beauty and ensure that these destinations remain untouched by human harm.

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Khoi Nguyen builds The Broad Life with a desire to inspire people go exploring the world and live a more interesting, experience, and adventurous life. This blog shares the stories, pictures, and experiences at destinations where he has traveled to.

16 Comments

  • Stephanie Grillo

    Bravo! This is a great list of places we need to protect for the welfare of our planet and for future generations.

  • Beth

    It’s so important that we protect our planet. We’ve been abusing it for so long. At some point, it’s just going to give up.

  • Lisa - The Zing Collective

    Some beautiful parts of the world. This made me sad to think of losing them.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      It’s our choice to take action or leave them disappearing…

  • Ben

    These are beautiful spots, and it’s terrible that we have to save them. We should be taking care of the planet already.

  • Debbie

    Absolutely wonderful post. Thank you for bringing attention to how important it is to keep these vulnerable tourist destinations safe and preserved.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Sharing this post will help raise awareness about preserving our planet.

  • Nicole Bertrand

    this is tough because I read about these locations and see these pictures and immediately think, “I need to go there!” But will that then make me part of the problem? Such a tough balance!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      It’s your action that could affects the places. And there are what should and shouldn’t do..

  • Sangeetha

    These are all amazing destinations that need our attention and protection for the sake of future generations. It’s important to promote sustainable tourism practices to ensure that these vulnerable places can continue to thrive. Let’s work together to preserve our planet’s natural wonders!

  • Ivan Carlo Jose

    These are some of the most popular destinations around the world. A lot of people are dreaming to go to those places. Still, we must be extremely mindful not to cause any damage to those places.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Absolutely! It’s our responsible now to protect our mother earth.

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