For most, a bachelor or bachelorette party is a well-known tradition that includes pop-up cakes and lots of alcohol, Florence Wilkinson jokes, “But what if it didn’t have to be like this? What if your last night of freedom could take you on a journey, and not just one that left you flecked with vomit?”
“Twenty years after a catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor left 31 dead… the site has become a destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties. But what are the ethics of celebrating at the site of a tragedy?” wonders Wilkinson.
“On the way in and out, they’re screened to keep their clothing and possessions free of awkward radioactive particles,” Wilkinson notes.
The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine reopened to the public, and to all those in search of unique selfies, in 2010. Visitors must obtain a pass from the Ukrainian government, says Wilkinson, and today thousands come to the area each year.