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Dark Tourism. Abandoned Places. Dark Travel.
The Travel Tramp Blog.
I’m Richard Collett, The Travel Tramp.
I’m a dark tourist and adventure traveller. I’m travelling the world on one epic adventure and writing about it along the way.
I love going to countries that don’t even exist and places that tourists won’t visit. I want to show you that there are destinations that can still be discovered and incredible journeys that haven’t yet been made.
I’m a travel [mad] Englishman who writes what no one else writes and goes where no one else really wants to go.
I get weird thrills from visiting abandoned places.
From derelict hospitals in Kurdistan to the radioactive and decaying ruins of Chernobyl, I document all of my urban exploration and abandoned exploits right here at Travel Tramp.
I’m a dark tourist. And I just can’t stop travelling to strange and unusual places.
I’ve visited the radioactive wasteland of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, breakaway territories and unrecognised republics, and more Soviet relics than I even thought existed.
Dark Tourism is defined as tourism involving travel to places that are historically associated with death, tragedy or conflict.
I know, it sounds very dark.
From the haunting, to the beautiful.
Here are the best photos from my travels to strange and unusual places around the world.
The Travel Tramp Survival Guides cover the essential experiences that make travel incredible.
I’m setting out the raw and brutal basics that most guidebooks ignore, right here.
This series is for you: The disheartened, downtrodden traveller looking to get just a bit further away from the well trodden track, to escape the endless hordes of nauseating tour groups that swamp the modern day tourist trail and to beat the crowds to somewhere new.
This is for the traveller who would rather shoot guns in Budapest, and for the madman who spends the day in search of a nuclear bunker in Prague.
These Survival Guides will give you the skills, resources and confidence to accomplish absolutely anything (that I’ve written a guide about).
An epic adventure. An epic journey.
I’ve hit the road to bring you the best, original content. The first part of this journey will take me from London to Lhasa, through disputed regions and countries that don’t exist.
The UN recognises 193 Official Member States across the world.
But there are many more self declared nations that have existed unrecognised, unknown and fiercely contested for years. These are the countries that don’t exist. These are the countries I’m visiting on my journey to Tibet.