On Sunday, Tokyo faced a strong magnitude 5 earthquake. The city rattled but no major damages or injuries have been reported so far. Fortunately, there was no danger of a tsunami either.
What does this mean for travelers going to Japan this week? If that was you, your first response would be to cancel your trip. Although that seems like a safe option, it isn’t necessarily the right one. There is so much more that we, as passionate travelers, can do besides donating to relief funds. After a disaster shakes a country, it always gets back on track. To speed up their recovery, they need more tourists. So pick your bags up and get going!
Here are 7 reasons why you should travel to such places to show that you are here to help:
- Economy Boost Relief funds take time to reach the disaster site and make a change. Tourism attracts attention to such places and increases support. Tourists that donate to the site help in economic growth. This helps rebuild communities and educate citizens in disaster preparedness.
- Helping Developing Countries The tourism industry plays a major role in decreasing the extreme poverty of developing countries. By travelling to such countries, we provide job opportunities in the tourism field for people in poor sections of the society. It also benefits local shop owners or small businesses.
- Helps Minority Populations Tourism activities are generally labor intensive. This allows women, young and disadvantaged people to generate income despite their inexperience. This increases the average income of a family, which helps them greatly.
- Reconstruct A Country's Image When affected by political unrest, such as terrorism, the country's reputation is ruined. Lack of international tourists leads to a tourism crisis, since domestic tourists don’t spend as much. Travelling to such places encourages others to travel. It lowers the fears and concerns that arise due to political issues.
- Lend a Helping Hand Tourist attractions can help disaster victims in many ways. For example, a scenic flight operator in Nepal brought 1000 victims back to Kathmandu in its helicopters. Trekkers shared first aid kits and food with locals in remote villages.
- Disaster Tourism The act of travelling to a disaster area is called ‘disaster tourism’. It has recently become popular in various countries. Out of plain curiosity, people travel to such places. They are shown the reality that the disaster victims have to face, which inspires them to help out more. It turns a vacation into a life-changing experience.
- Impress the Social Media The presence of tourists makes the country feel like it’s back to normal. Tourists can post pictures on social media to inform others that the place is recovering and safe. This encourages others to visit and increases the overall number of tourists.
Now you’ve been informed that places with the worst disasters can be eventually safe. Question: Then what places out there should you never plan on visiting? Answer: These mysterious places that will make you disappear forever. (For real!)