If you’re planning your next vacation, there’s probably a high chance that you’ll be choosing your destination based on its reviews on TripAdvisor, the attractions that are nearby, the beaches, and whether your friends and family have ever been there. You’re probably not choosing your destination based on whether it has been the site of a nuclear disaster, been considered dangerous to humans, or otherwise abandoned, right? Well, there are some people who are choosing the Chernobyl exclusion zone as their next vacation destination, and we can kinda see why.
Why choose Chernobyl?
If you’re the kind of person that loves to explore new and exciting places, you might spend hours planning your next destination, taking yourself away from the tourist areas, and experiencing something few have ever experienced before. While it’s easy to take a trip to Europe and explore a long-forgotten city that has yet to be taken over by hordes of tourists, it’s just as easy to take yourself back in time – to the time of the Soviet Union. So why not take a visit to Chernobyl and be one of the few people who has ever done so? It’s an adventure!
Taking the tour
Access to the Chernobyl exclusion zone is restricted to those who have not sought permission to enter because the area still carries large amounts of radiation – which can be harmful to humans. Yet, there are many tours and companies who offer you the chance to visit the zone as part of a group, and you will be guided through all of the interesting hotspots, and given information about the Chernobyl disaster. It is forbidden to enter this zone without express permission, and this can often make you feel as if you’re entering a forbidden lair…
How far can you go?
So, the big question! How far can you go into the Chernobyl exclusion zone? Amazingly, you can wander around the the main reactor itself. While it is one of the most radioactive places on earth, it has since been deemed safe for those who are not going to be staying long. This is why you will often be shuffled along the tour when you get to this main area. Nevertheless, it is an incredible sight to see, and one that you should not miss during your lifetime. As if that wasn’t cool enough, you will also feel as though you are in a weird and wonderful science experiment as you wander around the Chernobyl exclusion zone. This is because scientists and researchers in white coats constantly wander around the area taking samples and checking the radiation. Because of the radiation risk, they have to change positions every so often to ensure that the radiation levels do not prove to be too much for them.
Going by the rules
If you’re the kind of person that loves to break the rules and go off on a tangent, you will not be safe in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. This place is extremely dangerous for those who visit – and not just because of the radiation. Due to the large scale of the abandoned area and the destruction, it is easy to get lost or find yourself in an area where there is falling debris. Because of this, it’s important that you stick to the rules at all times. Do not try and give your tour guide the slip, do not go off on your own, and listen to all of their instructions. This is extremely important.
If you’re looking to visit the Chernobyl exclusion zone, it’s important to realize that this isn’t your average day trip. It may scare you, it may make you feel uneasy, and it may make you feel extremely unsafe – but it’s also magical. Seeing the destruction before your eyes is something that will haunt you forever and make you realize how lucky we are.