Desire the stories of your upcoming holiday to last a lifetime? Think about traveling to a location with a little of legend built in. Below are a few holiday spots to catch your imagination.
Today the island is a weird tourist site where travellers claim to hear voices in the woods murmuring to them.
Fabulous Travel Stories: from Island of the Dolls, to the Bermuda Triangle.
Isla de las Muñecas, or Island of the Dolls, is a supposedly haunted island in Mexico City’s Xochimilco. Years ago, Don Julian Santana came across a little girl who had drowned in the river. When he later on discovered a doll, he hung it up on a tree in expectations of cheering the dead girl’s spirit. He continued to discover dolls and hang them on trees all around the island, intending to protect the island from evil. As the dolls wore away, the island took on a distinctly grisly feel. Some claim Don Julian believed the dolls he discovered in the river were real children he was saving. Soon after, they located him drowned in the river much like the girl that began the whole process. Today the island is a weird tourist site where travelers claim to hear voices in the woods murmuring to them. To check out this island, hire a vibrant gondola called a trajinera and request for a stop at the Isla de las Muñecas--not all gondoliers will stop there.
Are mystical creatures your style? There are several places that may be up your ally. The grandfather of them all is Loch Ness. In the highlands of northern Scotland, Loch Ness is a 23-mile fresh-water lake that tale says is the home of a huge monster, possibly a plesiosaur. Though the most famous Nessie photo ended up being a hoax, believers still take a trip to the lake hoping to observe the famed creature. One more sea creature closer to home is Champ, who presumably lives in the midst’s of Lake Champlain in Vermont. Land-lubbers might find the woods of Tennessee, Alaska or the Himalayas to be their calling, presumably the home of Big Foot, the Sasquatch or the Yeti.
Roswell, New Mexico. On one point, all interested parties agree: in July 1947 a thing happened in the fields outside Roswell. Aside from that, stories vary. The initial news heading printed on July 8 read, “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region.” Later, the Air Force held a press conference saying that a weather balloon had crashed. Conspiracy theories have cut loose since. Visitors can visit the Roswell UFO Museum, stop in a UFO-themed restaurant downtown or take an exclusive tour to the initial crash site and the hangar that allegedly held the reported spaceship and alien bodies. Other UFO-themed vacations tour Sedona, Arizona, home of mystical vortexes and the infamous Area 51 in Nevada.
The Bermuda Triangle, which expands from Miami to Bermuda and Puerto Rico, first became a “thing” in the 1960s after folks noted many mysterious disappearances in the Atlantic, including the loss of U.S. Naval force bombing planes on a training mission. If you’re still determined to experience the triangle, think about a sailing the Charleston Bermuda race, which passes straight via the triangle, or diving Bimini Road, an area off Miami legend holds may be ruins of the lost world of Atlantis.
Visitors can visit the Roswell UFO Museum, stop in a UFO-themed restaurant downtown, or take an exclusive tour to the initial crash site.
Regardless if your legend-based vacation comprises checking out a haunted site, visiting UFO rumors or looking for a mythological creature, it’s certain to become a vacation to remember.
Annalie Coetzer Travel Oholic and Lifestyle Blogger
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