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People Are Flocking to Visit Chernobyl Because of the HBO Miniseries | Travel and Leisure
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People Are Flocking to Visit Chernobyl Because of the HBO Miniseries | Travel and Leisure

Many of our favorite TV shows and films inspire us to visit destinations around the world, but there’s one hit show inspiring tourists’ wanderlust that isn’t exactly a fantasy locale from “Game of Thrones” or “Harry Potter.”

Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Ukraine, is seeing a boost in tourism after seeing the HBO miniseries, “Chernobyl,” Lonely Planet reported. Tourists looking for a fairly bleak or macabre day trip often seek out companies like Chernobyl Tour, SoloEast, and Chernobyl Welcome.

Rest assured that you don’t have to walk around in a hazmat suit when you go since these tours will steer very clear of any highly contaminated sites. However, radiation is still slightly higher than normal in the area, so there are a lot of precautions you have to follow.

According to LiveScience, tourists are not allowed to touch pretty much anything. It’s important not to touch any structures, plants, or sit on the ground when you visit. Also, don’t put your belongings on the ground or take home “souvenirs” either. Most tours will require all guests to wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes.

Even though these precautions seem pretty zealous, Chernobyl today is safer than you think. Humans absorb trace amounts of radiation in our every day lives, about 3 millisieverts (mSv) per year according to LiveScience. It’s important to note that medical imaging like x-rays and CT scans can range between 1 mSv and 20 mSv.
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