Everything you’ve known about tourist hotspots takes a dark turn with Chernobyl. By now, it’s almost too sure that you know what went down here. Still, if you do need a recap – Chernobyl, a quaint town in Ukraine fell to one of the world’s worst nuclear meltdown in April of 1986, which exposed its vicinity and the citizens to radiation that was 400 times more powerful than the bomb of Hiroshima.
To this day, some spots of Chernobyl are still considered to be not safe to visit, but most of the place is flourishing in its own way. Becoming a magnet for curious travellers to embrace the disaster-struck surrounding.
Why visit Chernobyl?
Better question, why shouldn’t you visit Chernobyl? After all the happy-go-lucky attractions you’ve dealt with, an abandoned town rising from the decay of a massive nuclear outburst seems like a new path to explore. From an amusement park that was stripped of the joys, it usually drowns in, to a vacant high school still draped in schoolwork, the remnants of Chernobyl have been the widespread embrace of visitors from all around the world.
How expensive is it?
Just kidding, tours can range from different prices depending on many factors. For instance, if the company you’re booking with is just a money-draining machine in disguise, then god have mercy on your soul. However, this isn’t always the case, and there’s always the life-saving discounts and promotional offers to help you out. So the expense factor isn’t all that big.
Do you need a tour guide when visiting Chernobyl?
Technically, you’re not allowed into the exclusion zone without a tour guide. This is mainly because authorities and just most people in general, tend to feel more safe with experts who know what they’re doing since some of the areas are still dangerous for visitors to be wandering about.
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Where to stay?
It might surprise you, but Kyiv actually caters to a wide range of hotels and AirBNBs that are not just well maintained but also affordable – which is a far cry from some of the hotels you’d encounter back home.
So, how safe is it?
If that’s your way of asking whether you’ll be seeing three-headed wolves then no – that’s not the case in Chernobyl. After decades, nature has retaken the grounds of the town, just don’t freak out when you see the radiation level spike on your Geiger-counter. There’s nothing to worry about because:
- You won’t be able to get in
- Your tour of the town isn’t gonna be anywhere close to the high-radiation level parts.
Here’s a list of what not to do in Chernobyl
- It’s probably best if you don’t pack souvenirs. Sure, it would be a unique reminder of the time you had, but the chances of that reminder being radioactive are really high, so let’s not risk it by bringing it back home.
- Look. But don’t touch. That’s how you travel responsibly in Chernobyl. This rule is continuously reminded if you’re taking a tour, but we’re going to do that part regardless.
- Don’t think about getting everything in Chernobyl; if your visiting in Autumn, be sure to bring:
- Comfortable shoes
- A rain jacket
- Sunscreen and a hat
- A camera, since pictures tend to be mind-blowing on cameras than smartphones
- A Geiger-counter to measure radiation levels
For winter tours:
- A winter jacket
- Waterproof shoes to walk through the snow
- Scarves and gloves to stay extra warm
Finally, here comes the promo!
If you’re in fact, looking for a tour to Chernobyl, then you’re in luck!
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- we have exclusive discounts and promotional deals
- Great variety
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I’m just going to let that stay up there. Just remember, we’re only a call or email away, and if you don’t want to get in contact, we hope you have a great holiday.