Is A Journey To North Korea To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before?By
When the television show Star Trek hit the TV airwaves in 1966, viewers got a glimpse of Captain Kirk and his crew exploring strange new worlds and boldly going where no man had gone before, though it does seem odd, does it not, that everyone spoke perfect English in all these previously undiscovered locales.
On our own planet, there aren’t so many or possibly any undiscovered pastures left. In the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Albania sounded like one such place. I couldn’t think of anyone who’d ever gone. Today, it’s a member of NATO and the European Union. In 2014, The New York Times rated Albania #4 in a list of 52 places to visit. Albania’s not such a secret anymore.
In the 1990’s, Myanmar (Burma) was also rarely touristed. A mandatory $200 exchange, a restrictive visa regime, and a repressive government kept the masses out. When I visited in 1994, the country had a rather ambitious goal of reaching 1m tourist arrivals by 2000. They fell far short of that, but have since more than rebounded. In 2013, the country saw over 2m arrivals.
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