Would You Vacation At Chernobyl?

  • Because you can now, or at least close enough to it to visit.

Dream vacation spots include places like Paris, France, Bali, or Machu Picchu. But then there’s the Chernoybl Nuclear Power Plant.

Would that be a vacation you would want to take? Probably not so much. However, people have begun to visit the nearly decimated area while on vacation.

As a reminder, Chernobyl was a nuclear power plant located in Pripyat, Ukraine. It was the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history which resulted in the deaths of at least 31 people.

There was also a release of 400 times more toxic radiation than the bombing of Hiroshima. So not exactly your getaway destination of choice.

Nonetheless, there are lots of tour groups operating in the area and a few travel bloggers posting their excursions to Ukraine, with tips on things like how to prepare for the trip and what to expect while you’re there.

It isn’t surprising that all the tour visitors are screened for radiation before and after entering the Exclusion Zone, a restricted area with a 19-mile radius surrounding the power plant. Also, guests are instructed not to touch or sit on anything.

More than 10,000 people a year visit this disaster site. HBO is also premiering a new show starting May 6th which recounts the expansive and horrific effects of the accident, meaning the number of travelers to the area is bound to go up.

It’s a little hard to see the appeal of walking around an area that experts have said still has a good 20,000 years until it will be safe to inhabit again. However, Chernoybl is also a perfectly preserved look at life in the Soviet Union in 1986.

But there is always the beach, or even Vegas, and not a chemical-filled wasteland, if you’re looking for a vacation. However, this is a sight to be seen and if you’re not typical in your getaways, it may be just the place for you.


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