Thanks to the increased affordability of travel, tourism everywhere is booming. People travel out of their country, or even become tourists in their own country, in order to explore, learn, and experience new things. While different countries cater to different types of tourists, there are some types of tourism out there that don’t fall under the popular radar. Take a look below:
Gone are the days people travelled abroad only for fun. Nowadays, many people travel in search of spirituality and inner peace if they cannot find it at home. The concept isn’t new, as pilgrims have been flocking to sacred sites since organized religion began. Even today, millions of Muslims go to Mecca during the Ramazan festival while an equal number of Christians go to Lourdes in France. However, some countries have begun to position themselves as hubs of spiritual tourism by marketing their religious appeal. Many people from the West travel to Nepal and the Himalayas for example in search of Brahmin priests and gurus who can teach them meditation and other ways of achieving spiritual balance.
Yet another alternate form of tourism is medical tourism. These Sunbury dentist duties includes dental tourism, surgical visits, oncological visits etc. Medical facilities and treatments remain the most expensive of essential human services in the world, and many countries take advantage of the fact to subsidize their medical industries and provide the services at lower cost, thus drawing patients from around the world.
Chennai in India, Malaysia and Singapore are some places who are famous for surgical tourism while Sri Lanka is increasingly becoming known for its dental tourism. The low prices and high- quality products and facilities combined make it one of the best places to visit to fix your teeth.
One of the biggest issues of tourism, especially in developing countries, is that it is highly exploitative. The problem of child prostitution in Thailand is a well known example of how tourism got out of hand and became a major headache for the government. Sustainable tourism is about making sure that every small link in the chain of supply that facilitates tourism is sustainable and non- exploitative. That involves sustainable hotels which source all their raw materials, food products and staff and management in an ethical way that sustains local communities; tours and safaris that don’t degrade or destroy the surroundings or harm the local animals; and travelling in an environmentally friendly manner or using public transport to reduce your carbon footprint.