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October 25, 2021
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Chernobyl – tourism's next hotspot!

If your ideal vacation is a long hike through Afghanistan or a cruise along the Somali coast, consider this high-risk, albeit memorable, destination: the Chernobyl power plant, soon to officially open to daytrippers.

It’s all thanks to the Ukrainian government which believes the heavily contaminated area will draw tourists looking for post-apocalyptic photo-ops and vistas of nuclear fallout. In the ghost town of Pripyat, once a city with a population of 50,000, you can still see an abandoned daycare, books on school desks and May Day decorations fluttering in the streets.

It’s already possible to visit the area with a private guide; so the government figured it may as well take over and get in on the action. The plant itself, which kept generating power until 2000, still has 2500 staff making the site safe, working in strict shifts to minimize radiation exposure.

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