Re: Poll of the Week: Repressive Governments
Hmm, put me down for a solid maybe. I think tourism has the power to help or hurt -- perhaps even both at the same time. If you do decide to travel to a place with a repressive government, I think it's your responsibility to do your research ahead of time and figure out how you can do the least harm and the most good during your trip. Supporting local businesses and avoiding state-run hotels is probably a good start. I also think that spreading the word about a place once you get home and breaking down some of the stereotypes that tend to build up around these sorts of countries is one of the most important things you can do as a traveler.
I'll get off my soapbox now.
"I haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on my list." -- Susan Sontag