Attacks on Afghanistan tourists added to extreme tourism

Published on : Saturday, August 6, 2016

mogadishuA group of five western tourists, including eight Britons, three US citizens and a German were injured in the western Afghan province of Herat when their travel-bus were hit by gunfire from Taliban militants. Although there was no reportage of fatalities, the incident throws much light on adventure tourism, or better termed as extreme tourism.


Covering anything from relatively “soft” activities during holidays such as white-water rafting to hardcore trips in hostile environments, extreme or adventure tourism is gaining foot in the global travel market. So 48 hours in downtown Mogadishu with armed guards for company may not be everyone’s idea of a great holiday but the attack on a sightseeing tour of Afghanistan showed nothing less than that.


Holidaying at sensitive areas such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chechnya, North Korea, Somalia etc. gives great thrill to some. It may not be directly related to being a war tourist, although it can also be a part of the extreme tourism.


When you speak to an extreme tourism enthusiast, they accept that it is more about the people who are not the stereotypes and less about the thrill. For most of the time, the tourists travel alone while trying extreme tourism. Creating bespoke, on-demand trips for individuals, couples or very small groups of tourists generally consists of researchers, journalists and photographers.


Tours of the Khyber Pass, for instance involve riskier requests. The Swat valley in Pakistan and Ghazni in Afghanistan are other two destinations which are strictly rejected on security grounds, however, sometimes, a “moral decision” has to be made.


The lawless capital of war-hit Somalia, Mogadishu is one of the most dangerous regular destinations which are loved by the tourists for colourful markets, spectacular beaches and picturesque colonial Italian waterfront.


Nevertheless, if anyone is open to accept the risk, it will definitely remain as one of the maverick, memorable trip of your life.

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