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War tourism


War tourism has its roots in battlefield journalism. News reporters tour destinations ravaged by live battles portraying a firsthand report on all the gore, slaughter and explosions that are felt.

Tourists acquire a somewhat different kind of pleasure getting an insight into battlefield experience. Knowledge is gained, and alien places torn by devastating warfare are explored.

War tourism is basically an excursion to war fields with a motive of exploring around. The chief element supporting this motivation is intense curiosity as to find out how a battlefield that has witnessed mass slaughter feels like. War tourists travel with a fiery quest for excitement and adventure amid peril where a dormant landmine might be lying planted beneath the ground to go off any day. Battlefield journalism, which is a typical example of war tourism, highlights the fearlessness in the tourist's character who defies life threats arising from the flame of an ongoing battle! War tourism however mostly includes tourist visits to places where tumultuous battles were once fought and now calm and peace rules. War tourism has a history. Mark Twain inspired a group of tourists to explore the strife torn city of Sebastopol when Crimean war broke out. British tourists were exposed to American civil war battlefields in the middle of 19th century by a trip organized by Thomas Cook.