These are the top 3 places you shouldn't visit in 2018

With the new year soon approaching, a new set of destinations gets added to your personal bucket list.

However, maybe you should also have a list of the places you shouldn’t visit in 2018, according to travel website, Fodor’s Travel.

Beginning with a recent popular destination: Cuba. There’s a new rule prohibiting Americans to access malls, shops, marinas, and hotels on the island. Also, at the moment, there’s a “health attack” going on. 

The mysterious illness attacked 21 U.S. embassy employees in Havana and, until the cause of the attacks is uncovered, the remaining embassy staff in Havana will carry out only emergency services.

Another place you should reconsider visiting in 2018 is the great wall of China. Besides being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the wall is constantly facing issues with vandalism, erosion, mining, and the overpopulation of tourists. Plus, Beijing is still dealing with overwhelming amounts of smog.

And we're sorry to say that the Taj Mahal should also be avoided next year. The Archeological Survey of india has reported that the domes of the building will undergo “mud-pack therapy” starting in March. So, unless you like scaffolding in the background of your pictures, you should wait to visit when renovations are over.

Instead, check out National Geographic's top world destinations to visit in 2018. The list includes Albania, Ireland, Argentina and Hawaii.

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Number 10. Elephant rides. The animals aren't naturally amenable to performing the service, so getting them to do so involves a long process marked by both physical and mental abuse.

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Number 9. Snapping selfies with tigers. The cubs typically used for photo ops tend to have been separated from their mothers far too early and are often kept in dismal and uncomfortable environments.

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Number 8. Walking among lions. The animals are born to rule the wild, but after completing training for this activity, most are unable to even live in it.

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Number 7. Bear parks. Often characterized by stark environments and overcrowding, the animals within the confines are prone to becoming violent towards one another.

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Number 6. Sea turtle snuggling. If offered an opportunity to hold onto one of the creatures, the best answer is no, thank you. They're incredibly shy and being handled causes them significant anxiety.

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Number 5. Dolphin shows. Though the pools the sea animals perform in look large by human standards, they're insufficient for dolphins. Further, the often chemical-treated water can damage their eyes and skin.

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Number 4. Performing monkeys. Researchers found that macaques are in particular peril due to their popularity in Thailand. When not entertaining a crowd, the animals are often kept in chains to prevent runaways.

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Number 3. Civet coffee plantation tours. The civets kept at them are typically overfed coffee cherries. That, combined with generally poor living conditions, can result in malnourishment and stress.

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Number 2. Cobra dancing. The snakes pack a powerful venom, and their bite can have fatal consequences. Those who perform with the reptiles often defang the creatures as a cautionary measure. Tools used tend to be unsanitary and can result in snakes contracting serious infections.

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Number 1. Crocodile farm visits. No doubt, crocodiles are far easier to observe when they're contained, but too often the sizes of their environments are woefully small. Those living in tight, overpopulated quarters have been known to attack and even kill one another.

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