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What are the various forms of bizarre tourism? When people tour new areas they gain exposure to new diets, new arts as well as new forms of civilization. There are various forms of bizarre tourism including atomic tourism, dark tourism, halal tourism, suicide tourism as well as war tourism among others. The forms of bizarre tourism may imply to the various weird types of tourism activities. The new diets refer to the new foods that people may come across during tourist activities. On the other hand, civilization implies to the advancement of the human social development which may be acquired through visiting the various areas during tourism undertakings (Crang, 2002). Thus, cultural impacts imposed by the various types of bizarre tourism cannot be overlooked since they significantly impact on the lives of the tourists.
The atomic type of tourism started at the beginning of the atomic era. The individuals who are curious and fascinated by the atomic era pay visits to places that are significant regarding the history of the Atomic Age as well as areas where events linked to atomic power may have taken place (Richards, 2011). Such places include museums which may be specializing in atomic weapons or even natural sites where an atomic explosive may have been dropped or detonated. The most visited sites may include Hiroshima and Nagasaki or even the Chernobyl museum where individuals learn about nuclear accidents and their impacts on the affected society. This impacts on the tourists’ culture since atomic tourism portrays a negative image of the atomic concept making individuals have a negative attitude towards atomic activities.
There is also dark tourism which concerns tourist activities relating to death, disasters, tragedies and sometimes even the afterlife. The dark tourist sites may include areas where multiple deaths occurred or where mass suicides happened. An area mostly visited by dark tourists includes the Poenari Castle in Romania where a Dracula existed and was killed. Such tourist destinations may increase the level of aggressiveness among individuals when they see and imagine the mass deaths of people. This affects the peoples’ culture through affecting their conscience (Singh, 2004). On the other hand, Halal tourism involves the visiting of destinations where the Muslim pilgrimages reside. An individual may not imagine spending a vacation without taking alcohol, indulging in sexual behavior or even swimming in separate pools for men and women. It is the description of the kind of atmosphere provided by Halal tourism. Halal tourism is popular in Islamic countries like Morocco and Turkey. Such destinations attract an increasing number of Muslim tourists. The Halal tourism is likely to influence the culture of the non-Muslim communities who may repeatedly opt to visit the Halal destinations. They may adopt the Muslim practices as time progresses.
Another form of bizarre tourism is the war tourism which may also be referred to as “suicide tourism.” This type tourism involves individuals visiting active war zone areas just to gain an experience of how a person feels when in the midst of bombs, grenades as well as live bullets among other hazardous weapons. The war tourists may be characterized by the love for sports and seek adventures which trigger big shots of adrenaline in them. The war type of tourism may impact on the individual’s culture since it may promote the level of aggressiveness in them as they become warlike. Such people may eventually become antisocial because their brains may be full of deadly scenes (Smith, 2003). Other individuals opt to visit the inactive war zones which offer them at least a peaceful and more relaxing environment.
However, the weirdest form of bizarre tourism is the suicide tourism. It may be unfortunate that in most cases the plane tickets to such “holidays” are one way without return. The suicide tourism as indicated by the title is linked to suicide as well as euthanasia or assisted suicide. Most of the individuals who take part in suicide tourism have an intention of ending their lives. Such people may comprise of individuals with physical disabilities or patients who are experiencing emotional issues including clinical depression (Tosun, 2006). This type of tourism may be planned for a large group of individuals who may be looking for a destination where euthanasia is allowed. The main objective of such individuals may include the achievement of decriminalization of euthanasia across the globe. Several people could also be looking for favorite scenes where they can end their lives. A popular scene may include the Golden Gate Bridge situated in San Francisco. Such invents will impact on peoples’ culture as more people faced with similar problems may find it apt to commit suicide. The implication is that the various types of weird tourism have an effect on the people’s way of perceiving things as well their culture. Thus, cultural impacts imposed by the various types of bizarre tourism cannot be overlooked since they significantly impact on the lives of the tourists.
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