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Planning a Trip as a Dark Tourist; Here’s 4 Thrilling Ideas to Pursue

Every year, thousands of people take to the road in search of new and exciting experiences. Some are looking for a relaxing getaway, while others are seeking more adventurous pursuits. If you fall into the latter category, consider planning a trip as a dark tourist. This type of traveler is interested in exploring locations and attractions that have macabre or sinister histories. Here are four thrilling ideas to pursue on your next dark tourism adventure.

Explore abandoned places.

There is something both exhilarating and spine-chilling about abandoned places. It’s as if you are stepping into a world that has been forgotten – a place where time has stood still. Whether it’s an abandoned house, an overgrown garden, or a deserted factory, exploring these places can be a fascinating experience, just don’t forget your ghost thermal camera to capture what you find. Part of the appeal is the sense of mystery that surrounds them. Why were they abandoned? What happened to the people who used to live or work there? Imaginations can run wild when unanswered questions surround you. But abandoned places also offer a unique opportunity to see the world differently. Without the bustle of everyday life, they can appear eerie and surreal. Yet, at the same time, they can also be strangely beautiful. So next time you feel adventurous, why not explore an abandoned place? Just be sure to take care – and don’t get too lost in your thoughts.

Visit sites of massacres or other crimes.

The history of the world is full of atrocity and crime, from ancient wars to modern genocide. And while it is important to remember these events, some might question whether it is appropriate to visit the sites where they occurred. After all, these places can be profoundly upsetting and traumatic. However, there are also good reasons to visit massacres or other crime sites. By seeing first-hand the devastation that has been wrought, we can better understand the true cost of war and violence. In addition, these places can serve as powerful reminders of the need for peace and reconciliation. Ultimately, the decision of whether to visit such sites is a personal one. But for those who can handle the emotional challenges, visiting these places can be a rewarding and enlightening experience.

Tour locations of famous serial killers or ghosts.

Serial killer tourism is a growing trend in the United States. For some, the appeal is the chance to see first-hand where notorious crimes took place. For others, it’s the opportunity to explore the dark side of history. But whatever the reason, there’s no denying that these tours are gaining popularity. The most popular destination is undoubtedly New York City, home to some of the most infamous serial killers in history. The tour includes:

  • Stops at sites like the Dakota apartment building (where John Lennon was killed).
  • Central Park (where the “Son of Sam” shooter terrorized residents).
  • The Lower East Side (where “Son of Sam” victim, David Berkowitz, lived).

Other popular destinations include Boston (home of the “Boston Strangler”), Philadelphia (site of the “ Philly Flash” murders), and Los Angeles (where the “Night Stalker” committed his crimes). Finally, for those looking for a more supernatural experience, ghost tours are available in cities like New Orleans, Charleston, and Seattle. These tours take visitors to some of the most haunted places in America, including cemeteries, graveyards, and abandoned buildings. So whether you’re interested in murderers or ghosts, there’s sure to be a tour that will appeal to you.

Investigate spooky legends or haunted places.

Humans have been telling stories about ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings for centuries. Of course, some of these stories are based on fact, while others are pure fiction. But whether they're true or not, spooky legends and haunted places can be fun to investigate. After all, there's nothing like a good scare to get the adrenaline flowing.

There are many ways to go about investigating spooky legends and haunted places. One is to do some research online or at the library. This can be a great way to learn about the history of a particular legend or place and to see if there are any credible eyewitness accounts. Another option is to visit the site of a legend or haunted place in person. This can be a bit more challenging, but it can also be very rewarding. Not only will you get a chance to see the place for yourself, but you may also find out that the legend is true!

No matter how you investigate spooky legends and haunted places, one thing is for sure: you're sure to have a lot of fun in the process.