War Tourism — a Growing Trend?
Posing with a sign in Syria (Photo: David Holt/Flickr)
Syria, Chechnya, Iraq. Not the places that top most people’s vacation list. But for some war tourists, they’re must-see locations.
On the Syrian-Israeli border, tour groups who have just visited the area’s wineries also got a view of the ongoing Syrian civil war, according to writer Debra Kamin.
"So much of what we do now, we immediately document it. We put it on social media, we put it on Facebook and we wait for feedback from our friends and family," Kamin recently told the CBC.
Young Syrian boys with toy guns (Photo: Christiaan Triebert/Flickr)
"In many ways what we want to do when we travel is try to have the best anecdotes and the best photos, and there’s really nothing that can top a picture of a battle of the Syrian civil war."
The Daily Beast also documented three college students’ questionable decision to cross the border into Syria last year to see the war up close.
While technically not tourists, locals in Israel lined up last month to watch the air assault on Gaza, according to Australia’s News.com.
Israelis and tourists on the beach during a rocket attack on July 15 in Tel Aviv (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)