As a human activity, the cultural impact of tourism is undeniable. But the importance of tourism in economic terms shouldn’t be underestimated either. The industry earns over a trillion dollars a year globally, and is a sector with plenty of opportunity for further growth and employment. But what happens when tourism goes beyond the usual things and becomes tailored to people’s unique interests and niches? Some of the most bizarre types of tourism you’ve ever seen, that’s what happens. From stag party tourism to space tourism these are 25 of the most bizarre types of tourism you might want to try…except for #1. We really do hope you don’t want to try #1.
Domestic tourism occurs when people decide visit places within their own country. This is exemplified by Americans who spend their summers in Hawaii and Florida or the majority of local Greeks, mostly from big cities, who, along with millions of foreign tourists, vacation in the Greek islands.
Christian tourism isn’t really its own kind of tourism but a subcategory of religious tourism, which is geared exclusively toward Christians. As one can easily understand Christian sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and Jerusalem are some of the “hottest” destinations for these types of tourists.
You might hear many definitions of ecotourism but the most credible is the one given by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): Ecotourism is the environmentally responsible travel to natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and accompanying cultural features, both past and present) that promote conservation, have a low visitor impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local peoples. So all we have to add is that if you want to follow such a sacred purpose you better do it with great respect for “Mother Nature.”
We’ve all seen this in numerous films: the busy businessman who spends most of his time with a phone stuck to his ear or drinking cocktails near the hotel’s pool in front of his laptop. This is what business tourism is all about, a combination of business and pleasure. It’s important to note that surveys have shown this type of tourism is to blame for a seriously high number of men who cheat on their wives.
Rural tourism occurs in rural areas or settlements, providing employment and income to the local population, and offering individualized vacation souvenirs to consumers. It is mainly based on accommodation services, which are complemented by additional services and facilities relying on the local social, cultural, and natural resources, which are used according to the principles of sustainable development.