Ghetto tourism – visiting vulnerable areas
Ghetto tourism – visiting vulnerable areas

Ghetto tourism – visiting vulnerable areas

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Ghetto tourism – visiting vulnerable areas

There are several socially vulnerable areas that have become a bit of a tourist attraction. It can be about getting close to the roots of hip-hop, gaining a greater understanding of life in shantytowns, or looking at the artistic expressions that are often found in these areas in the form of eg graffiti and street art. Ghetto tourism and slum tourism are two closely related yet different words for this type of tourism.

Tips on Ghetto tourism

In the USA there are ghettos in or outside eg New York and Chicago. Christiania in Copenhagen, Metelkova in Ljubljana, and Khayelitsha in Cape Town are examples of vulnerable areas that can be visited. Here I have collected my posts about street art.

Metelkova in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sustainable tourism – benefiting ecology, economy, and social justice

Sustainable tourism is perhaps the broadest category of them all. A meta-category that is not really a type of tourism but rather an approach. I like this definition that I took from Reform Travel: “Sustainable tourism is about taking responsibility for the social, environmental, and economic consequences of tourism. It is about ensuring meaningful, responsible experiences for travelers and increasing their awareness of sustainability issues.” Disadvantages Of Slum Tourism

Tips on sustainable tourism

The person who knows the most about sustainable tourism and who also writes interesting blog posts is Hanna at Reform Travel. There is a lot to pick up.

How can Cape Town be a sustainable destination?

Cultural tourism

“I travel to meet other cultures”. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard myself and others say these words. But what do we really mean? Culture is an incredibly broad word, but to simplify, there are two types of cultural tourism. The aesthetic culture and lifestyles in different groups. The two types cannot be separated, the aesthetic culture is an expression of lifestyles and people’s lives. At the same time, there is a difference between cultural tourism which focuses on getting to know other cultures and that which is about consuming aesthetic cultures such as going to museums, visiting concerts, or dance performances.

Tips on cultural tourism

I have written a few posts on the subject of Swedish cultural heritage. For more tips on how culture can be experienced in a certain country, I think the internet answers best.

Trying to understand Japanese culture in a cafe where everyone is dressed as cats

Food tourism – traveling to eat

I have become a foodie over the years, one who travels to eat. Who choose countries for their food culture and like to see restaurant visits as part of the experience rather than a cost to get nutrition. Going on food walks, participating in cooking classes, or visiting farmers markets, night markets or unique restaurants are some examples of food tourism.

Tips on food tourism

There are a number of tips about food tourism, but I would like to recommend two in particular. One is Fantasy dining visiting different themed restaurants around the world – super cool blog. The other is the Food and travel blog, which has a long CV of visited restaurants both in Sweden and abroad.

Cooking class in Budapest, maximum food tourism

Medical tourism – traveling for surgery or treatment

I see medical tourism as an umbrella term for eg health tourism and plastic tourism. The main purpose of medical tourism is to improve one’s health, change one’s appearance or undergo some type of treatment. It can be for anything, cancer, addiction or IVF, the range is huge. Some choose medical tourism because the care is better or cheaper in other countries, to experience the destination at the same time or to rehabilitate in peace and quiet after the procedures.

Tips on medical tourism

I have never used medical tourism myself, so there are no tips. Plastic tourism is covered in the SVT documentary Under the Knife and IVF treatment abroad is discussed in the podcast I want children

Medical tourism, image from Unsplash.

Morbid tourism – visiting the tragic

Morbid tourism, dark tourism, dark tourism – dear good has many names – is about visiting countries or places where terrible and tragic things have happened. Disasters, mass murders, decisive battles in wars, and accidents. Some see dark tourism as formative and an important part of history and the present, others believe that privileged tourists “take advantage” of other people’s tragedies. It cannot be emphasized enough the importance of showing respect both to what has been and to those who live with the scars of what happened.

Tips on morbid tourism

Auschwitz, Ground Zero where the 9/11 air attacks took place, Chornobyl, and Robben Island are some examples. Every country has its examples. has written about Dark tourism with a number of tips on places to visit.

185 empty chairs for those who died in the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Nature tourism – traveling to be in nature

Nature tourism is exactly what it sounds like. To experience the wild, the free, and the harmonious. Nature tourism is a broad category that includes everything from hiking in forests and fields, river trips in the Amazon, safaris in the Serengeti or bird watching on Gotland. For something to count as nature tourism, visitors need to take environmental responsibility and show consideration for animals. Nature tourism must take place on Mother Earth and her animals’ terms, not man’s. Nature tourism companies define nature tourism as follows. “Nature tourism is displaced consumption in the form of activities, accommodation, meals and other tourism services where the nature experience itself is at the center.”

Tips on nature tourism

I myself have mainly taken part in nature tourism through many different hikes. I have also thought a lot about animal tourism and have written something about the role of the traveler in relation to experiencing animals during their travels. unveiling vitamin c  

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