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Hard holidays: Vacations peppered with radiations and ghost town tours

HBO mini-series Chernobyl has triggered a tourist rush to the nuclear disaster site. But then dark vacations have always been an attraction, writes Nikita Puri

A kindergarten in the abandoned village of Kopachi, near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine | Photo: Reuters
A kindergarten in the abandoned village of Kopachi, near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine | Photo: Reuters

Scrolling through Instagram, the hallowed online diary documenting all travels, a friend’s newest post shows her dressed in a period costume from 19th century England. Touring The Jane Austen Centre in Bath, Somerset, she’s standing next to a life-sized figure of Fitzwilliam Darcy, the fictional character from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In stark contrast to this is the next post: an acquaintance walking the ghost town of Pripyat in northern Ukraine. Provided one knows what happened to the town and its population of about 50,000 people, the picture of the ...