Tips and must-visit places, in­clud­ing stay­ca­tion of­fers.

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It’s a good idea to plan your trips to these bucket-list des­ti­na­tions well in ad­vance. VENICE, ITALY Ris­ing wa­ter lev­els in Venice have been ac­com­pa­nied by a flood of tourists, too. The city of canals has 55,000 per­ma­nent res­i­dents in com­par­i­son to its colos­sal tourist traf­fic of 60,000 vis­i­tors per day. Ear­lier this year, Venice’s city coun­cil in­tro­duced peo­ple-coun­ters at pop­u­lar at­trac­tions like the bridge of Ponte degli Scalzi. They also plan to pro­mote lesser-known parts of the city. BARCELONA, SPAIN In Jan­uary, the city ap­proved a law lim­it­ing the num­ber of ho­tel beds, freez­ing the con­struc­tion of new ho­tels and re­strict­ing apart­ment ren­tals as an in­crease in ac­com­mo­da­tion ded­i­cated to tourists (think Airbnb) has led to short­age of apart­ments for lo­cals and a hike in rents. This fol­lows the 2015 limit on tourist groups of more than 15 peo­ple at the fa­mous La Boqueria mar­ket. SAN­TORINI, GREECE This stun­ning is­land has capped the num­ber of vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing via cruise ship to 8,000 a day (there are no re­stric­tions on tourists by air). KOH TACHAI, THAI­LAND Last year, Thai author­i­ties closed Thai­land’s most beau­ti­ful is­land so its en­vi­ron­ment could re­cover from dam­age such as coral bleach­ing caused by snorkelling and speed­boat ac­tiv­ity. Tourism on three other pop­u­lar is­lands off Phuket, Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Khai Nai, has also been curbed. GALÁPAGOS IS­LANDS, ECUADOR The is­lands bagged them­selves a place on the UN’s list of en­dan­gered her­itage sites. As a re­sult, the Ecuado­rian gov­ern­ment re­stricted the sites tourists can ex­plore – 97 per cent of the is­lands are a pro­tected na­tional park. The is­lands make it off the en­dan­gered list in 2010.

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