extreme tourism
n. Tourism that involves travelling to dangerous places or participating in dangerous events.
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Neither the tourists nor the wider public should pretend that these operations can be rendered entirely safe. The south of New Zealand is an extreme tourism area and a dangerous place not because service standards in that respect are low, but because public expectations in that respect are so high.
—“Safety and the scare,” The Southland Times, November 04, 2000
1997 (earliest)
Ah, vacation! Balmy breezes, ice-cold margaritas, compliant snipers. Snipers? Yep. The newest kick for jaded tourists who have hit all the world's hot spots is to hit the world's really hot spots. The idea behind what some are calling terror travel or extreme tourism is basically to take the U.S. State Department's travel advisory warning list and make an itinerary out of it.
—Justin Doebele, “Club Dead,” Forbes, December 15, 1997
This phrase was made popular by Dennis Tito, the poster boy for "out-there" vacations. (In case you forget, Tito was the businessman who paid US$20 million to the Russian Aerospace Agency to let him hang out at the International Space Station for a few days.)
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