Visiting Chernobyl is high on anyone’s list who is interested in dark tourism, but with its uniqueness and haunting images, it is drawing increasing curiosity among all travelers visiting Ukraine and nearby.
In 1986, the Chernobyl power plant disaster was the largest nuclear disaster in the world, killing and affecting the health of thousands (to millions – the data vary wildly) and creating a 19 mile exclusion zone that is expected to carry radiation for hundreds of years. Today, it sees up to 36,000 visitors annually.
Chernobyl is a modern day monument to the need for intervention in the ever-increasing speed of human innovation. An example of the extreme consequences of bad design exposed to human error. While it certainly isn’t a relaxing way to spend a holiday, the educational benefits of visiting Chernobyl is well worth it, especially if you’re already traveling in Ukraine.