As we travel to new places, we experience new sights, new foods, new art, and new civilizations. The cultural impact of tourism is undeniable, but the importance of tourism in economic terms should not be underestimated. With $1 trillion spent by 1 billion tourists every year around the world, it has literally become a new industry over the past few decades. But what happens when tourism rises to a whole new level to meet the challenges and demands of the new times? What happens when tourism becomes another area of human activity, where an alternative view of it stimulates human curiosity and interest? Here you will learn about 10 unusual types of tourism that are becoming more popular.
This is a relatively type of tourism that emerged after the dawn of the Atomic Age. Curious tourists fascinated by the Atomic Age can visit sites important to the history of the Atomic Age. These are places where significant incidents related to nuclear energy have occurred. There are museums that specialize in atomic weapons, but the places where atomic bombs were dropped or detonated are the most visited. It goes without saying that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are two of the most visited places when it comes to nuclear tourism. You can also learn every detail about the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Accident and its effect on those who lived and worked in the area by visiting the Chernobyl Museum in Kyiv. Kyiv Museum of Chernobyl is the most visited museum of this unusual type of tourism.
Thanks to the amazing success of the Lord of the Rings books and films, this unusual form of tourism has been born. Undoubtedly, The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon popular with millions of fans and fans around the world, but hardly anyone could have imagined that it would become a reason for travel and tourism. Tolkien tourism allows fans of The Lord of the Rings to visit a fictional “planet”, to see important places mentioned in films or books. New Zealand is the location of this attraction, chosen by Peter Jackson because of its beautiful nature.
Dark tourism revolves around anything that has to do with death, disaster, tragedy, and in a few cases, even the afterlife. Popular among such tourists are locations where multiple deaths, mass suicides, or sites of ancient rituals have taken place. One of the most visited places in the whole world is Dracula’s castle in Romania, where he lived and killed people.
Nowadays, destinations for drug tourism are quite popular and legal. For personal use and fun, the capital of such tourism is Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Throughout the year, Dutch Marijuana Cafes attract several million guests from all over the world. When it comes to something more serious, Colombia immediately comes to mind. Goa in India is considered a very popular destination, where you can get anything you want at local rave parties. Despite the decline in this type of tourism, Indian Malana can offer good quality hashish, produced here in large quantities.
Ghetto tourism is new to this list, having originated in the early 2000s. With the spread of hip-hop culture over the past 15 years, more and more people are interested in the places where this genre and culture originated. The American ghettos of Detroit, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have become tourist attractions mainly because of young people interested in this particular lifestyle, graffiti, music and clothing. Once very popular, the Real Bronx Tour is a bus ride that takes tourists through some of New York’s most infamous ghettos. But unfortunately for visitors, the Real Bronx Tour ended just this year after local authorities and residents of the area felt offended by the way their neighborhoods were portrayed.
Tourism with sharks
The name of this type of tourism speaks for itself. You can hardly find a more creepy or more dangerous type of tourism than diving with sharks. Shark tourism is actually a subgenre of another type of tourism — ecological. It was created especially for those who love sharks and their bloody jaws. Here it is important to be an experienced diver and choose the strongest cage for diving. Despite the high professionalism and excellent organization of the tours, there were several accidents, and even some deaths.
Religious tourism is nothing new; it has existed in various forms (such as pilgrimages) for centuries. This new type of religious tourism has been one of the most popular types among Muslims for several years. How would you like it if you were to spend your vacation without drinking alcohol or having sex? Believe it or not, this is exactly what Halal tourism offers. So, if you love pork, then don’t even think about it — you can be killed for such “sinful preferences”. However, this particular type of tourism is popular in Islamic countries such as Morocco and Turkey, which are trying to attract more and more Muslim tourists.
It is sometimes referred to as “suicidal tourism”, which is quite true. A significant difference between this type of tourism and Atomic or Dark tourism is that in this case the tourist visits an area of active hostilities, in the midst of exploding bombs, bullets and grenades. Military tourists are often lovers of extreme sports, adrenaline addicts. A record high level of military tourists was observed during the war in Afghanistan. For the more peaceful military tourists, there are groups that specialize in visiting inactive war zones where the situation is much calmer.
Perhaps some will mistakenly confuse this particular type of tourism with sex tourism, but that would be a mistake. Reproductive tourism is absolutely legal and innocent. In this regard, it can be considered a subspecies of medical tourism. Thousands of couples travel every year to find the perfect sperm donor. This type of tourism exists because some countries have liberal legal grounds for sperm donation, or lower prices for this procedure. Various statistical studies prove that countries inhabited by tall, blond, blue-eyed men are in special demand.
Without a doubt, this is the creepiest form of tourism imaginable. Unfortunately, in most cases it only requires a one-way ticket. As the name suggests, suicide tourism is associated with suicide and euthanasia. Most of the people who undertake these tours are willing to end their lives. Usually these are people suffering from emotional problems who are tormented by clinical depression. Places where euthanasia is allowed are especially popular. Others choose iconic beautiful places like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, one of the world’s most popular suicide sites.