The No Go List: 18 Destinations to Avoid This Year

The Maldives
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The Maldives

Why it's controversial: A massive political scandal in 2015 exposed wide-scale corruption in the Maldives, with 59 islands subject to corrupt deals brokered by politicians, according to Transparency International. The NGO says, "the tourism industry is an industry dominated by a few businessmen and politicians who work in collusion, with islands often used as bargaining chips."

Instead go to: The Seychelles offers similar Indian Ocean opulence — without the lingering suspicion that you may be lining the pockets of corrupt politicians.

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