Some folks like to spend their time wandering around museums, strolling in pleasant little gardens, or perhaps investigating the cultural streets of foreign countries. You say nuts to all that soul-soothing, mind enriching nonsense, strap on your gas mask, and head to the crater left by an enormous nuclear bomb blast. Is there serious risk of inhaling irradiated dust, and getting cancer in your lungs? Yes, there seriously is. But what would dark tourism be without a bit of risk?
Dark tourism is becoming ever more popular, and really does come with tangible, undeniable risks. These are some of the most popular destinations for dark tourism, and can be visited in the same fashion as any other tourist hotspots.
The Semipalatinsk Test Site is located in Kazakhstan, and is notable having more nuclear weapons detonated in its region than anywhere else on the planet. Multiple craters dot the landscape, standing as proof, just in case you had any doubts. One crater is so large that it resembles a miniature mountain range, and can even be swum in, for those who are extremely brave.
Breathing in dust particles in this area is not advised, and facemasks are recommended. Some dark tourists even like to have Geiger counters handy, so they may marvel as the digital readouts spike near bodies of water. Wonderful.
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No dark tourism list would be complete without mention of the infamous Chernobyl. It is not the site of the actual disaster that draws the most attention however, but rather the infamous exclusion zone around the disaster. Entire towns still sit completely abandoned, now populated entirely by packs of wild dogs. Because death by radiation isn’t nearly as fun if you aren’t also worried about being mauled by dogs. The Chernobyl tour has become so popular that any dark tourist worth their salt would be ashamed to admit that they have not visited yet.
Door To Hell
If dying from radiation or dog mauling isn’t doing it for you, then perhaps the Door to Hell would be a bit more up your alley. Created by a mining disaster and attempts to control the disaster by lighting escaping gases on fire, the resulting flaming crater is a sight to behold. Of course, this is assuming that you are not more fascinated by Turkmenistan itself.
Known for having a somewhat eccentric leader, Turkmenistan is notable for having towering gold statues, and various other luxurious displays of power and wealth. Recommendations that you check your hotel room for bugs are not jokes, but rather realistic concerns given that local authorities are highly paranoid and suspicious of visitors.
Last on the list, but certainly one of the most popular, is the Titanic. If you didn’t know, now you do; you can dive to the wreck of the Titanic and have a little look around. Of course, you have to be able to afford organising and hiring out a submersible, but it is possible, if you happen to have the cash sitting around, and no where else to spend it!