Extreme tourism to warzones is by no means a new trend, nor is it one to be taken lightly, but for some travellers a trip to the beach just doesn’t cut it.
Recreational travel to war zones may be a little riskier than a nice family holiday in Florida but it can be insightful and educational. Of course, it can also be very dangerous, so it’s important that those travelling to such areas are clued up on what they're getting themselves in to.
Although a trip to a country divided by battle may not be the ideal holiday for all of us, we thought we would take a look at warzone destinations around the world that are visited by only the bravest of travellers. Without further ado, here’s a roundup of warzone destinations across the world that can be entered at your own risk...
Since 1991 an ongoing civil war has taken place in Somalia, making it a less than ideal spot for tourism. Since 2012 Kenyan forces have supported the Somali army but conflict in the country is still ongoing and few tourists have travelled to the country since the civil war began. However, many people do still visit the country and areas such a Mogadishu, situated on the coast of the Indian Ocean, are slowly becoming safer for tourists and therefore more popular.
Earlier in the year a Japanese truck driver called Toshifumi Fujimoto was named one the world’s most extreme tourists after taking a holiday to a major conflict zone in Syria. Conflict began in the Syria in 2011 and Arab Spring protests and demonstrations have since taken part all over Syria. However, Fujimoto was not put off by the numerous warnings strongly advising against travel to the country and took a trip to the dangerous warzone, coming back completely unharmed.
Afghanistan once had a thriving tourism industry but few people would be willing to travel to the state nowadays. However, recent tourism figures have shown a 100 per cent increase in visitors to Afghanistan this year, compared with 2012.
The ongoing war in North-West Pakistan means that tourism to the area is pretty much unheard of. Although tourists are still able to reach the warzone, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous places in the world to visit and people travelling to this part of Pakistan must enter completely at their own risk.
Northern Mali is currently under the control of Islamist rebels, who have imposed strict laws which put many at danger. Travelling to occupied areas of Northern Mali is pretty much impossible and if you were to enter an occupied area you would be in extreme danger. Travel to Mali is currently highly discouraged, but still possible, and anybody planning to visit the area should seriously consider the risk before doing so.
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