Disaster tourism is travel when tourists go to an area that may be or may have been affected by natural disasters, civil strife, or warfare.
This is a voyeuristic approach that is often seen as unethical, as many people go to such disaster areas merely to satisfy their curiosity or seek thrills. If not done out of curiosity, it can be termed more appropriately as “disaster learning.”
Visitors arriving to assist sometimes can be referred as “voluntourists.”
Though a controversial gray area to some, disaster tourism has helped to shine a light on some deplorable conditions throughout the world, albeit in a seemingly reckless and insensitive way.
See also: Doom Tourism« Back to Glossary Index