Whether you call it slum tourism, poorism, reality tourism or dark travel, the idea is this: rather than seeking the pleasant on your vacation, you seek out the world's suffering –the disturbing, the miserable, even the damned.
I did a little more reading on this yesterday (to write a piece for today's Huffington Post), so here are some resources if you'd like to learn more.
- You'll find comprehensive international overview and here a piece that provides a comprehensive taxonomy of dark tourism.
- This piece takes the perspective that such tourism can help
- On Brave New Traveler, this piece advocates tours of micro-financed enterprises instead of slum tourism.
- In Israel, it's called a counter-terrorism tour