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But can we love without locks? Everybody wins! The horror! But why? It would be super romantic to leave a love lock on a bridge during your honeymoon in Parisright? Well… Most places I have visited have been with my travel buddy, but we always questioned whether this trend was actually doing more harm than good.

This article forms part of my top strategies for to how to be a responsible a touristdetailing effective tips towards ethical tourism to benefit visitors and locals alike. Generally speaking, I do realise most people leaving these love locks on bridges and other structures are well-meaning. In my earliest travels back init seemed love locks were an emerging trend. I visited 16 countries in Europe that trip and have to admit I can only really remember seeing padlocks in Rome and Paris, they were very few of them.

Fast forward to today and this trend has absolutely exploded all over the world. Theories suggest the trend originated someplace in Europe and has now extended to most corners of the globe, even as far as Melbourne, Australia and little Wellington in New Zealandwhich is not usually a very touristy destination. For a moment, imagine if 24 million people all put a lock on a bridge or structure.

The extra and uned-for weight will inevitably take a toll and cause irreversible harm to the structure. Some of these structures are centuries old and people are so swept away by the seemingly romantic gesture that thinking about the long-term damage their lock will do is the last thing on their minds.

These beautiful structures are part of the reasons we visit a city but they will slowly decay by being inundated with rusty locks. Critics even argue love locks are form of vandalism and I have to agree. Not only do they look ugly and cause damage by rusting over time being exposed to the elements, the keys thrown into the rivers pollute the waterways which le to poor water quality.

And they also pose a hazard. Each section of the guardrail on the Pont des Arts was weighed down by a whopping kilos of locksand sections would collapse regularly. Paris City Hall decided to take action after a panel of locks on the Pont des Arts collapsed onto the walkway of the bridge, nearly injuring tourists. Additionally, a centuries-old lamppost on Ponte Milvio in Rome, Italy almost toppled over under the weight of these locks into the river below, prompting authorities to remove the locks as a safety precaution.

In cities where love locks are popular I absolutely refuse to support local businesses or street vendors who promote and sell locks for this very purpose in exchange for making a quick buck. Why should we be supportive of people who are happy to accelerate the damage being done to icons in their very own cities? These vendors are opportunists and have a LOT to answer for. We need to help preserve these destinations, not contribute to their gradual decay and demise.

For me, a better alternative is to take a piece of the city home with you! No, no, no. By this I mean purchase a stunning painting from one of the talented local artists along the Siene or treat yourself to a locally made bag, clothing item or unique piece of jewellery. Support local jobs! As well as your photos and memories, I believe these are the types of things we should be taking home with us. We are free to use these things whenever we like and remind us of our fond time on our trip, rather than wondering if our rusty padlock we left on some European bridge fell victim to bolt cutters from authorities, without the chance of ever seeing or finding it again.

The more we try and stop something, the more people are going to figure out ways around it. I get that, too. But how can we compromise on this? Places like South Korea and Russia already have dedicated lock sculptures created specifically for this. Perhaps this is the type of compromise we need — lovers get to leave their mark on Love locks rome city in a non-damaging way and iconic structures are free to be as beautiful and clear of locks as they day they were Love locks rome.

Before the padlocks were removed from Pont des Arts in Paris, the authorities placed s over the locks explaining why they were going to be removed. The s read:. Because our bridges will buckle under the weight of all the love locks, the City of Paris is removing them. Sincemany of you have come here to pledge your love and attach locks to Parisian bridges. As a result, the City of Paris has opted for a long-term alternative.

From this autumn, the lattice grills will be replaced with glass panels which will allow the bridge to retain its transparent charm. But before that, Paris invites you to post your selfie and declaration of love on the lovewithoutlocks. Tourists can now take their photo in the place where they may have left a love lock, it to social media with the hashtag lovewithoutlocks and have it appear in a feed on the website.

There is an amazing website dedicated to raising awareness and informing people of the dangers leaving love locks in Paris and around the world creates. No Love Locksa preservation group in Paris created by Lisa Anselmo and the late Lisa Taylor Huff documents damages caused by the overwhelming impact of love locks.

No Love Locks provides numerous examples of street vendors in Paris who Love locks rome heavy bike chains to bridges and other structures in order to sell more locks — it needs to stop. When you come to another country and willingly deface a historic landmark, that is vandalism by definition.

Their work on encouraging preservation of Paris from the padlock invasion has been featured in numerous articles by major news outlets. More recently when the locks were removed from Pont des Arts in Paris, No Love Locks shared images on their Facebook as they captured lovers resorting to tagging the glass panels as a new way to leave their mark on this Parisian icon. This blatant graffiti is completely disrespectful to locals, their city and Love locks rome the exact opposite of being an Invisible Tourist.

Love locks have proven time and time again they are contributing to the demise of the structures they are attached to. If we want to preserve these incredible destinations, we need to embrace invisible tourism — do as locals do and leave nothing behind that could potentially harm structures of the destinations we love so much. What are your thoughts on padlocks in Paris? Do you agree with their removal from iconic structures? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.

If you agree with my article on this unpopular truth, please share it or come and me on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest and TikTok to support invisible tourism! Australian-based Alyse has travelled "The Invisible Tourist Way" for twelve years and hopes to encourage fellow travellers to do so, too.

Her dreams? Always about the next destination and how to make the most of it by "blending in". You have given me and alot of others alot to think about. I had always thought this is something I would never do just bc of the keys being tossed into the river where it can harm wildlife but the weight of it on the bridge was not something which I am embarrassed to say so I had thought about but should have.

Unfortunately these people will no stop so maybe these cities could build a unreinforced wall in a romantic location with a buried locked box under the ground that the keys could be dropped down into in these locations. Maybe get a Love locks rome artist to do a beautiful poem about love everlasting and maybe a alternative would be a better solution than taking it away completely bc that will probably never stop people. Thank You! I certainly agree, it would be great if cities would provide dedicated alternatives for locks if people are still keen to leave them.

They could be in areas away from popular tourist attractions to drive foot traffic to small businesses that could benefit from more Love locks rome. Thank you for your comment! Thank you for sharing this valuable information about the love lock trend. Your blog article is awesome. Another alternative might be to bring a pebble with you to ify the solid eternity of your love and place it on a gravel pathway maybe ifying that no matter how much it is trampled or bears the weight of the world, it will last.

OR, take a gravel pebble home for the same reminder. I am glad to hear that some cities are erecting monuments specifically for locks. Firstly Gail, thank you so much for being a loyal reader over two years down the track! I like the idea of leaving a pebble. And a reader on my Facebook also suggested leaving colourful ribbons, as they are now permitting in Portugal.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog, I heard about this bridge that the government of Paris unlock all these locks, cause the weight of locks damage the bridge. But no sooner do the authorities remove the locks, people put them back on again.

Will tourists ever learn? Thanks for this article. I refuse to leave locks and whenever I host friends going to Europe, I make it plain that, while they are traveling with me, I will not allow them to do this. I do like the idea of cities providing a deated base for locks. Good compromise! My only hope is that the value of the metal once it is smelted down will off-set the cost Love locks rome damage repairs and employees who must cut the locks off.

Good on you, Gail. I really appreciate this post! However, my opposition to love locks has always been more symbolic. Thanks for expanding my perspective on this to include a discussion of historic preservation as well! I never thought of love locks in terms of their physical impact on a city, but that makes total sense! Another reason to be against love locks. I completely agree, LC! I find it annoying when a bridge has a few padlocks on it from people trying to make it a thing, as you say. Why try and be like everybody else?

Being different is much more fun, I think. Thanks for this excellent piece Alyse! If they want to remember a place, they should take a photo or as you suggest, buy a thoughtful and ethically chosen local souvenir. The idea behind it is to prevent tragedy of the commons type situations in fragile wilderness settings. So of course it advocates against graffiti and littering but also for visiting at off peak times to spread out our impact.

Thanks so much for your comment, Taryn! Oh yes I love the Leave No Trace philosophy as well! Pin me to Pinterest for reference later! Like what you see? here. Similar Posts. The Invisible Tourist. Toggle Menu Close. Search for: Search. We use cookies to ensure the best user experience and to help our website run effectively.

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