Experience Poverty 1st Hand

 - Aug 28, 2007   Updated: Apr 12 2011
References: cities.expressindia & washingtonpost
Growing numbers of tourists are venturing into the slums and poverty stricken areas of the world to witness first hand the conditions of the local inhabitants. Top destinations include Soweto Township, South Africa and Dharavi, Mumbai, India's largest and most infamous slum. Is this some kind of sick voyeurism or a positive interest in helping the poor?

Implications - Vacations will always be an attractive prospect to consumers living in today's chaotic society; however, the nature of today's wide, open world makes for a stronger demand for unconventional, hyper-exotic destinations that allow for mental and physical escape. Thus, the least expected kinds of vacations are becoming prevalent as they are as far away from reality as a consumer can get.