World's Creepiest Travel Destinations

Fancy a spooky vacation? When on our summer vacation (or any holiday) we all want to feel safe, don’t we? On the other hand, most of us also crave a bit of adrenaline every now and again – to different extents, of course. 

I literally get a mini heart attack when in a mirror maze. Oh, Prague memories. And I wouldn’t dare to go on the Ghost Train at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London, guess I don’t like that kind of thrill! I wouldn’t call it cowardice, though. I love getting shivers, but I prefer something less clichéd.

The following are the creepiest places I aim to visit in the future. Behold, it’s about to get scary...


1. “Death Road”, Bolivia

The world’s most dangerous road: 35 miles from La Paz to Coroico. Approximately 300 people died there in 2006. You can see lots of crosses – again – on the road, memorials to those who’ve lost their lives on Yungas Road. Built in the 1930s, the road is rarely wider than three metres, and the traffic goes in both directions. Unfavourable weather conditions, tragedy in the air, and still the Death Road attracts drivers and cyclists to undertake the deadly challenge. Tough one, Bolivia. I’d think rather die than … die?

#travelaware: Check the entry requirements carefully of the country you’re about to visit. In the case of Bolivia, your passport is enough if you stay there up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Bolivia.


2. The Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Located in northern Lithuania, it’s a site of pilgrimage, the origins of which we don’t exactly know. The hill contains not only over 100,000 crosses but also statues of Virgin Mary, or rosaries brought to the Hill by the Catholics. There’s something mystical and romantic about this place, yet you have to admit, it’s easy to get goosebumps just reading about it, isn’t it?

#travelaware: before you travel, familiarise yourself with the customs and traditions of your destination country, especially how to behave in a touristy place. Remember, in some countries taking photos of monuments that are considered cultural heritage might be forbidden.


3. Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania

Situated next to one of the biggest cities in Romania, Cluj-Napoca, the Hoia Baciu Forest is known for its paranormal phenomena. Once it was called the Bermuda Triangle of Romania, with a number of people going missing and rumours UFO sightings. If the supernatural stuff happening in Hoia Baciu is real, we’ll never find out; all evidence was lost apart from a couple from archival photographs. If you fancy this kind of entertainment, this forest is definitely a place for you to visit.

#travelaware: When abroad, think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts. Don’t take risks that you wouldn’t in the UK. Moreover, don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks.


More scary locations you might want to check out:

  • Killing Fields, Cambodia
  • The Catacombs, Paris
  • Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy
  • Poveglia, Venice, Italy
  • St Louis Cemetery, USA
  • Ilha de Queimada Grande (Snake Island), Brazil
  • Island of the Dolls, Mexico
  • Poenari Castle, Romania
  • Leap Castle, Ireland
  • Centralia, Pennsylvania
  • Aokigahara Forest, Japan
  • Poveglia Island, Italy
  • Jacob's Well, Texas
  • Izu Islands, Japan


By Michal Frackowiak


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