About Travels and Politics
Safe to say “trial”, piece for this column deals with the prospects of a new buzzword in the European tourism scene.
Here are three things you must know about Political Tourism :
1. What is Political Tourism?
Let’s see , now. Say you have a vivid interest in Political Science, or for that matter anything that has to do with Social Sciences but you are really not amongst those folks who’d be happy just reading a book, flipping through pages, or changing news channels/sites. You would like to experience it from ground zero, the impact of RSS in the Durga Vahini camps or the ISIS in the West Asian badlands. You travel to advance your political cognizance. This, precisely, is political tourism. In the meanwhile, you have all the typical gears for travel that you would otherwise carry on a weekend trip to the lakehouse. The DSLR, the portable – charger , sleeping bags, et al. Also, this is not for those who think political = boring= serious = don’t-smile-in-a-selfie . This is as much fun as a trip to Disneyland, except you would probably want to place your theories on global political order in place too, besides the travelogue and the handycam.
2. When did it all begin?
Well, I am sure people have undertaken geopolitical tours since the beginning of the history of wars. But in more tangible ways, Nicholas Wood, the one who runs the company named “Political Tours”, has made this sort of tourism come alive by arranging for tours to Ukraine for ones willing to spend on a first-hand experience of the political situation in Ukraine today.
3. Which places must top your list on a political tour?
We recommend all places on planet Earth, and if possible the rest of the universe, for any sort of tour and travel. One learns best on the roads. But that metatravelling aside, here goes the three best picks for you :
- Ukrain, and,
Till then, tell us if you agree this would , actually, be the best choices for a striking political tour. If not, what else must we add to the list. It’s okay. You can be ruthless too. Tell us if we must scratch any name off the list.
Photo courtesy : http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2014/03/political-tourism