Places to visit in 2018: Nine destinations you should avoid

As you contemplate all those "where to go in 2018" lists, here's a twist: a list of places to avoid this year.

The where not to go list is from Fodor's, the travel guidebook publisher. Fodor's "no list" includes places plagued by overtourism and destinations with safety issues. They range from a US state to bucket-list wonders of the world. Here are the nine places Fodor's suggests we avoid.

THE GALAPAGOS

Galapagos Islands wildlife and landscapes.

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​Ecuador heavily regulates tourism in the Galapagos as part of its environmental conservation policies, but Fodor's says the islands' fragile ecosystems remain vulnerable.

THE PLACES THAT DON'T WANT YOU TO VISIT 

La Ramblas, Barcelona

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Too many tourists in places like, Barcelona (above), Venice and Amsterdam have resulted in a local backlash against visitors. Fodor's says we should just stay away.

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TAJ MAHAL

SunNov12covertraps world?s finest tourist traps ; text by Ben Groundwater credit:?Shutterstock *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY *** AGRA, INDIA - APRIL 2017: Two men taking a selfie in front of Taj Mahal

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In 2018, the Taj Mahal's dome will get its first thorough cleaning since the monument was built 369 years ago. A mud paste has been used to clean other parts of the monument, and Fodor's says "unless your dream Taj Mahal visit involves being photographed standing in front of a mud-caked and be-scaffolded dome, maybe give it until 2019 at the earliest."

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PHANG NGA PARK, THAILAND

Phang Nga, Thailand

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Fodor's says "the rush to paradise has overwhelmed" some of Thailand's beaches with pollution and overuse. Successful recovery initiatives are in progress, but Fodor's recommends taking "the road less littered and enjoy a tropical vacay away from the fray".

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MYANMAR

Temples in Bagan, Myanmar.

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Just a few years ago Myanmar was on every globetrotter's list, having opened up to tourism after years of isolation. Now Myanmar is one of the world's pariahs because of a violent campaign against the ethnic Rohingya minority. Fodor's noted that the United Nations labelled the atrocities "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

MOUNT EVEREST

Just as you can't scale Mount Everest without the right preparation, small business owners need to plan ahead to sell.

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Fodor's says the pursuit of bragging rights from a trip up Mount Everest just isn't worth the danger (six people died climbing there in 2017) and the cost ($A32,000-$A57,000).

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MISSOURI

Protesters in University City, Missouri.

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Fodor's put Missouri on its no-go list because of an NAACP travel advisory for the state, citing reports that African-Americans were more likely than whites to be stopped by law enforcement officers there, as well as other incidents and policies that raise questions about various types of discrimination.

HONDURAS

Masked supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla take a selfie at a burning roadblock set up by demonstrators protesting what they call electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. As the wait for Sunday's election results has dragged on, rock-wielding protesters have increasingly taken to the streets against riot police armed with tear gas, batons and water cannons. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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The murder rate in Honduras has dropped in the last several years but it's still among the deadliest places on earth. Fodor's says travellers should stay safe and spend their money elsewhere.

GREAT WALL AND BEIJING

Tourists crowd the Badaling Great Wall during the National Day holiday in Beijing, China, 3 October 2016. Chinese tourists is flooding Asian and overseas countries, as the country's markets and business shuts down for a weeklong holiday beginning Saturday (1 October 2016) to celebrate the Communist Party's rise to power. A record 589 million Chinese are expected to travel during the holiday, estimates the China Tourism Academy. That's almost half the population and a 12% bump over 2015. They will spend $70 billion, up 13.5% over 2015, almost $125 for every household across the country.

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Fodor's cites the deterioration of sections of the Great Wall of China and air pollution in Beijing as reasons to stay away.

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