Launching a book: How to Avoid Crowds

As some of our followers have noticed, we have been quiet at Avoid-Crowds.com. That is because we needed time to work on something new! In October we will be launching a book.

At Avoid Crowds, we know it is not always possible to steer clear of the masses when you travel. Sometimes you end up visiting cities at their most crowded because of an event you didn’t anticipate. Think about that Sunday in Venice when it was overrun by passengers from five cruise ships that all docked at the same time, or that trip to Paris where the streets were full of locals on a public holiday you’d never heard of. But what if you’d known about those things in advance? What if you’d been able to arrange your trip to avoid those busy days?

How to Avoid Crowds offers a unique combination of hard data on overtourism and insider travel tips for those who want to avoid the masses and want to avoid contributing to the growing problem of overtourism themselves. The book also tells the story of our successful website, Avoid-Crowds.com, which uses a complex data model to predict how busy the world’s most popular tourist destinations will be on any day of the year. The website has had over 226,000 unique users since it launched in 2019 and has received media coverage from tier-one media around the world, including multiple articles in The Washington Post, CNN, and The Los Angeles Times.

How to Avoid Crowds covers topics such as the problems of overtourism, what causes crowds, the best times to travel, and even includes a month-by-month global travel calendar. Data is made accessible through personal anecdotes and experiences that take readers from the gangway of the biggest cruise ship in the world to football matches in hooligan-filled stadiums. In just over 200 pages, How to Avoid Crowds provide a comprehensive guide for travelers on how to navigate and avoid mass tourism and make the most of their vacation.

To make sure the book is relevant today, as the travel industry suffers from the effects of COVID-19, there’s also a chapter on traveling during the pandemic. The author has experienced first-hand how hotel breakfasts, public transport, and flying have evolved during COVID-19 and has documented these experiences for readers of the book.

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