This year has seen an increasing variety of people taking holidays in remote and lesser travelled destinations, like endangered rainforests and deserted towns. This may be the result of social media, making more parts of the world accessible as internet coverage continues to spread across the World bringing an increase in global interest. For example, newspapers and tv news coverage now covers more international news and events, than ever before. We are now part of a global community with no constraints of a town or country. Dark Tourism has also become somewhat of a travel trend. It will be interesting to see if commercial travel companies start to sell package deals to the many disaster areas of the World, which define a major part of Dark tourism.
Keep reading, if you are looking for a new travel adventure in 2019, as the following destinations may not currently be on your bucket list. They can offer a diverse experience, including standing on parts of the planet, which have played a major part in history or have breath-taking natural beauty.
Since the start of the 21st century, Croatia has focused on improving their tourism trade. As a result, improved accommodation and facilities have improved tourism. Split focuses on a leisurely outdoor holiday that can include hikes to incredible turquoise waterfalls, exciting water sports and relaxing sunbathing. It is a great place for a family to visit, but we do suggest you visit in early summer 2019 before the crowds arrive.
The ancient roman city of Pompeii is an eye-opening destination due to the extreme and natural circumstances for which it became renowned. In 79 AD many of the citizens were buried by up to 6 metres of volcanic ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Aside from the sadness of those that perished, Pompeii is a wonderful location to experience how the romans had lived.
The magical island of Madagascar, is home to many interesting animals and unique plants, like the ring-tailed lemur and the octopus’ tree. Surprisingly, it has remained somewhat of a remote tourist destination, perhaps due to the lack of flight options and the cost of a return ticket. The most frequent flights depart from Johannesburg and Paris. You can expect to pay in excess of $1000.
Surprisingly, Chernobyl is one of the top Dark Tourism destinations. It became famous in the late spring of 1986, when a chemical explosion caused a large radioactive cloud to pass over parts of Europe. Many people were killed, but the most shocking part of this disaster was the aftermath. Combine your trip to Kiev with a tour around the exclusion zone in Chernobyl to discover the truths of this terrible event. You won’t believe your eyes!
If this seems like a great destination, check out Top 10 Dark Tourism Destinations to Visit
Easter Island, Chile
Do you fancy visiting one of the most isolated islands on Earth? Then, Easter Island situated off the coast of Chile should be your next vacation spot. The paradise like island is full of archaeological attractions, and it will take two full days to see them all.
The largest Nazi concentration camp, with exhibitions and a museum, is open for visiting from 7:30 a.m. most days. You can show your respect to the many thousands of people that lost their life’s, most of whom were Jewish, and return home truly appreciating our life today. It is not for the faint hearted, as Auschwitz remains a sombre place with a deeply sad history. Book your visitors tour at least 2 months in advance for the best experience possible.
Which destination will you choose to visit first? Share your dark tourism experiences with us in the comments section below.