Money Can Buy A Trip To The Sea & The Space; But Is This Form Of Extreme Tourism Safe?

by Tejashee Kashyap
Money Can Buy A Trip To The Sea & The Space; But Is This Form Of Extreme Tourism Safe?

Embarking on a sea or space adventure is like stepping into a realm of limitless possibilities. It is a space where the human spirit is tested and the boundaries of exploration are pushed. Although this can be exhilarating and awe-inspiring, it is crucial to recognise the need for responsible and controlled practices in these domains. Case in point is the recent demise of five people aboard a submarine to check the gigantic Titanic’s underwater wreckage. Well, this clearly points out urging caution in extreme tourism.

This Tourism Inherently Involves Significant Risks

“While we should all appreciate efforts to innovate in order to push the boundaries of exploration, this must be done safely and sensibly,” said Richard Garriott, president of the Explorers Club, in a statement on Friday, as reported by Hindustan Times. The club, a professional group devoted to studying scientific exploration, included divers Paul-Henri Nargeolet of France and adventurer Hamish Harding of Britain among its members. Both men perished passed away last week in the Titan submersible’s explosion.

The critical aspect is ensuring the safety of participants. Without appropriate controls and regulations, the potential for accidents, injuries, or even fatalities increases significantly.

It wasn’t the first time an incident like this caused controversy over spending. Chief Executive Officer of Inc. Jeff Bezos, who is also a member of the Explorers Club, flew himself and three other people into space in 2021 while the firm was under criticism for warehouse working conditions and attempts to discredit unions that were seeking to fight for higher pay.

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Extreme Tourism Is Rapidly Increasing

But these types of adventures continue to grow. Extreme tourism is a small part of the adventure tourism that became popular during Covid lockdowns, according to a CNN interview.

One of the primary reasons for controlling extreme sea and space tourism is the preservation of the environment. Both the ocean and outer space are delicate and fragile ecosystems that require careful stewardship. Uncontrolled influxes of tourists can disrupt the lives and cultural practices of these communities, often leading to social and economic imbalances.

While extreme tourism in sea and space adventures can provide unforgettable and transformative experiences, it is crucial to implement control measures to ensure the preservation of the environment, the safety of participants, the well-being of local communities, and the sustainability of these industries.

However, there’s another extreme tourism adventure on the cards. A trip to the moon is planned by Japan’s Yusaku Maezawa, founder of online apparel retailer Zozo Inc. According to reports, the trip includes a handpicked crew of artists, performers and professional athletes. The voyage may make a week-long lunar trip in 2024 aboard a SpaceX Starship.

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Cover image credits: Instagram/OceanGate Expeditions