What Is “Disaster Tourism” And Is It Sick?

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When most people take a vacation it’s to get away from all the stress and strife of daily life. But, there are some who prefer to go to places which remind them how good they have it. It’s called Dark or Disaster Tourism and, apparently, it’s become a thing. Is it sick? Maybe. But, you know you’re thinking about it now. So, here are some of the most popular ‘Disaster Tourism’ places to go next time you truly need to get away from your crummy life…
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Chernobyl

This is the place which seems to have triggered this new travel trend. “Tourists” are actually breaching barriers and warning signs to enter the radiation “Hot Zone” cutting Pripyat off from the world. We recommend you save money by booking a one-way ticket…
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Warsaw Ghetto

There are just a few streets left intact of the vast ghetto that once ringed in the Polish Jews waiting for deportation during WW2. But, that seems to be enough for ghouls looking for ghosts haunting one of the most tragic places on Earth…
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Mount St. Helens

The scene of a titanic eruption in 1980, Mount St Helens has largely restored itself and most of its slopes are verdant once again. But, there are rumblings and smoke coming from the caldera on occasion and some nutjobs travel there, apparently in the hopes of being the next victim…
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Taj Mahal

Despite being one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, it’s largely forgotten that the palace is a GRAVE. With, like, a dead Princess and her husband entombed in the center of the complex. Creepy…
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Anne Frank House

The attic “apartment” in Amsterdam where the innocent Holocaust victim spent her last days and chronicled them in a touching diary that still inspires millions. Do yourself a favor. Watch the movie instead…
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Gettysburg

The pivotal battle ground of the truly pointless Civil War is the scene where thousands gather each year to “re-enact” the tragedy. The irony is, the North still “wins” every time…
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World Trade Center

Rather than turning Lower Manhattan into a ghost town as intended, going to see the place where the towers fell is one of the biggest tourism attractions in the whole world. So, “Go about your lives. Go shopping. Otherwise, the terrorists win…”
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Pompeii

Pompeii is a fascinating place to see what Roman life was like in the first century. And, also, what bodies covered in volcanic ash look like at the moment they’re burned to a crisp. Pretty much what you’d expect. Utter agony…
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Auschwitz

It’s important to never forget the horrors which went on at Auschwitz. But, to stand there and take a smiling selfie? She’s probably spending a lot of time on Twitter asking, “What? Too soon?” Uh, yeah…
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