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Top Reasons Why Locals Hate Tourists?

Top Reasons Why Locals Hate Tourists?

Certainly, tourism contributes to the development of a locality. However, it is also a double-edged sword that affects the inherent life of the people living there. Visitors should pay attention to civilized manners when traveling to avoid damaging the environment and upsetting the lives of indigenous people. Below are the top reasons why the locals hate tourists so you can avoid those things when traveling.


Locals in a seaside town say that after each holiday, they have to clean up dozens of empty cans, broken bottles, needles, and even sensitive objects. Many tourists often show disrespect to places that are not their home and make people living there feel very uncomfortable.

littering effects on environment
There are littering effects on environment, especially on the locals’ beaches.

Some locals tend to dislike tourists. Travelers from far away often forget that the people living in the place they are visiting also have their own lives. Indeed, the local living environment needs to be respected and preserved.

Each tourist should be aware of becoming an invisible guest when traveling so as not to harm the lives of local people. Visitors should try to learn local customs, basic etiquette, and cultural integration,… Certainly, a small change in travel behavior also creates a positive effect.

Make Noisy

Definitely, locals hate tourists when they make noise. Indeed, freedom to travel does not mean being comfortable or making noise to the point of affecting people’s lives. Many peaceful cities and towns suddenly became crowded tourist destinations. As a result, the increase in tourists has led to many changes in the daily life of indigenous people.

The majority of people in crowded travel destinations feel uncomfortable when tourists come and often make noise. A few small coastal towns were once very peaceful until they became famous on social networks. Families bring their children to camp by the beach, and the children booed loudly, creating chaos for the locals’ weekend.

Some families seize the opportunity to develop tourism and open homestay services. However, not all visitors have the sense to keep order. Many families feel annoyed because tenants keep partying all night long. Also, neighbors of homestay families are the victims of noise pollution.

Destruction of Public Works and Property

A few residents in Berlin, Germany share a request for tourists visiting the Holocaust memorial to stop taking selfies, filming vlogs, and making noise at the resting place of the deceased. Furthermore, the number of people carving names on public works, even running and playing in the cemetery of Holocaust victims is not a small number.

the cemetery of Holocaust victims
Also known as the Shoah, Holocaust is the genocide of European Jews during World War II.

The request’s post received the approval of the majority of the online community. Many people condemn ignorant tourists for having uncivilized behavior in a solemn place.

Invasion of Privacy

Sharing in an online community, a resident of Alaska, USA said that their wooden house is located about 500 meters from the main road, often disturbed by tourists. These strange guests casually stood in front of the house to take pictures, freely visiting despite the no trespassing sign posted at the gate. Even, some asked the host to sit on the rocking chair placed in front of the porch.

This house overlooks the Chugach Mountains, Alaska but by no means is it free to visit. Surely, I will hate tourism the same if this happens to my house.

Take Photos of Locals

Acts that seem carefree but turn out to be ungrateful. Many tourists freely take photos of local people without asking permission. Yes, this causes a lot of trouble and discomfort. Anyone suddenly being photographed by a stranger feels uncomfortable. Locals are also ordinary people. They are not souvenirs or an object to visit or admire.

Therefore, the Kyoto government of Japan has issued a ban on tourists taking selfies in certain parts of the city because many tourists do everything to get a picture with a geisha. Fines can be up to 10,000 yen for violators.

locals hate tourists taking photos of geisha in japan
Tourists try to take photographs of a geisha in Gion street, Kyoto, Japan.

Before the ban was enacted, many foreign tourists harassed maiko and geisha in Kyoto, taking pictures of them on their own. In addition, there are tourists who also affect the households in the old town of Kyoto when photography activities make noise next to the old houses.

Heritage Destruction

In fact, this is a painful problem at many famous tourist destinations with long-standing architectural works and cultural heritages. Definitely, not only the locals but travel lovers hate tourists if they badly affect the heritage sites.

tourists visiting the colosseum rome
There are many tourists visiting the Colosseum, Rome every day.

For example, the Colosseum in Rome, Italy is the victim of a part of modern tourists but a less civilized consciousness. The historic building used to be chiseled with ugly drawings. Not only the Colosseum, but Stonehenge in England also used to be in the same situation. It has been closed to the public because many people carved historic stone columns into small pieces of stone to bring back as souvenirs.

Final Say

Many people have a disorderly mentality in places other than the house where they live. Tourists’ lack of cultural awareness may accidentally upset the locals. Therefore, travelers should learn more about the place as well as the culture and tradition of the destination to improve travel etiquette and avoid being hated by the locals.


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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.


  • Sienna

    It is so important to be a good tourist and to not ruin the places (or the sanctity of the places) you visit. Never leave trash or be loud and obnoxious! As a local and even a traveler, I hate those types of tourists who ruin a spot for everyone else… or leave it disgusting. I’m also not a fan of these Instagram travelers who just need to get the perfect photo and are so disrespectful

  • Beth

    The problem with tourists is that they have no respect for the places they’re going to visit. Well, some tourists, anyway. I have been absolutely appalled at some of the behavior I’ve seen from people when I’ve traveled.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Me too. But it’s extremely hard to change the behavior of travelers to be more positive.

  • Life With Sonia | Women Empowerment Blogger (@lifewithsonia)

    I think Tourist acts like kids when they visit other countries. They’ll do the things they can’t do in their country but feel more relaxed to do it in other countries. It really annoys me.

  • Fransic verso

    I don’t like people who mess up things after they finish. I can see the point why local would hate them.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Surely travelers should place their positions as the locals at destinations.

  • Patricia Chamberlain

    I wish tourist would be more respectful to the areas they are traveling too! I can see why locals wouldn’t enjoy having tourists around all of the time. When we travel, my family is always as courteous as possible.

  • Beth L

    I grew up in a beach town. I remember sitting in traffic and looking out the window so angry that all of those people were invading our space! Tourist many times don’t consider that it’s their vacation but others lives.

  • Neely Moldovan

    I even see that here in Texas. I get a little annoyed with them myself!

  • CSNA Media

    When is was a surfer is my younger days i used to think like this, but chilled a lot since i got older, thanks for sharing i enjoyed this brought back some great memories

  • Kristi

    I’d like to treat any place I travel as if it were my own home, How would I feel when some stranger comes and takes photos of my home or family, or takes something off my property as a keepsake for their ventures? I understand taking photos that would be amazing, but have some respect when it comes to people… And don’t act entitled like you should have special consideration just because you’re a tourist. Harsh as that sounds, some people act so privileged…

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah, it’s necessary that travelers should practice more etiquette when wandering around.

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