Have you ever heard of the term “doom tourism”? It’s not exactly a common phrase to use, but it essentially refers to visiting locations around the world that are in danger of either not existing in the future, or will become degraded over time. This includes lesser-known places in the world that are succumbing to rampant commercialization or even areas of the world that are starting to outright disappear.
This can happen for a number of reasons. For instance, The U.S. Virgin Islands suffered terrible weather conditions which tore the island apart. Thanks to companies like Cane Bay Partners, areas like St. Croix are starting to recover. However, it’s still a long way from being the paradise holiday location it used to be.
In this article, we’ll be talking about a couple of other locations in the world that you should definitely visit at some point in the near future, and also why you should care about doom tourism.
The Great Barrier Reef
If you’ve ever wanted to visit Australia, then a trip to the great barrier reef must be on your list. While it’s commonly spoken about as one of the most amazing holiday destinations in the world, it’s also one of the most threatened places. It’s home to around 1,500 different varieties of fish, including some of the rarest known species. Unfortunately, global warming has destroyed around half of the reef in the last 27 years. Coral bleaching is also another problem that has heavily affected the reef’s beauty, making this a must-visit destination before it becomes irreversibly damaged in the next decade.
Known as the “floating city”, this beautiful destination in Italy has been the go-to destination for romantic getaways and culture for many years. However, the wooden foundations of Venice have slowly been shrinking and the rising sea level is also becoming a threat. There are a couple of plans in place to help save the city, but climatologists are unsure whether it will help the sinking city or not. This makes Venice a destination that you absolutely have to visit at least once in your lifetime!
Glacier National Park
Found in Montana, this once beautiful sight has started to lose its own namesake. In the beginning, the park had over 150 glaciers which were spread apart and a beauty to see. Nowadays, there are only around 25 left and they are rapidly disappearing. Scientists predict that by 2030, most of the glaciers will have melted and there will be no more reason to call this wonderful place Glacier National Park.
Hopefully, this post has inspired you to visit some of the most endangered areas of the world for a holiday. The world is a majestic place with countless amazing destinations to visit, but that natural beauty doesn’t last forever. There are more places such as the Amazon Rainforest and even Olympia in Greece that will slowly disappear over time. Book those tickets, start spreading the word and start caring more about doom tourism!
LOVED THIS article. Happy to say I will be crossing Venice off my list in coming 2 weeks =) thank you for sharing.