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Ten Unusual Holiday Destinations to Consider

Posted by Sumit De Sarkar on 10/10/2014
Ten Unusual Holiday Destinations to Consider

Unusual holiday destinations are fast coming becoming popular among holidaymakers. The following are some brilliant ideas for unusual places to stay. 

  1. La Isla De Las Muñecas – Mexico

Popularly known as Island of the dolls, it is one of the most unusual holiday destinations in Mexico. Situated south of Mexico, mystery surrounds the existence of the Island. Legend has it that a young girl died by drowning in mysterious circumstances and the lone inhabitant of the island decided to appease her spirit, by decorating the island’s trees with mutilated and decapitated dolls. Access to the Island is via a 3-4 hour ferry ride from Cuemanco or Fernando Celada ports. Accommodation is available but you have to book with the Island’s caretaker for a camping site. 

  1. Izu Islands – Japan

The Izu Islands are a string of volcanic islands located south of Tokyo, Japan. It consists of 17 Islands however, only nine have inhabitants. All the islands have distinct features and attractions. Izu Oshima is the largest and renowned for its active volcanic Mountain, Mihara. Popular islands include Mikurajima, Niijima and Kozujima. These islands boast of exotic white sandy beaches and rich marine species. At Mikurajima, you can swim with the dolphins or go scuba diving. Access to the islands is via planes, ferry or cruise ship and accommodation is easily available. 

  1. Galapagos Islands – Ecuador

Situated in Ecuador, South America Galapagos Islands boasts of abundance in wildlife. From sea turtles to sea lions in the Pacific Ocean to Iguanas and Flamingos on the collection of Islands, Galapagos has them all as it is renowned for its endemic species. Eco-tourists visit the Islands every year in need of reconnecting with nature and studying various species. You can decide to reside in any of the luxurious hotels or camp along the magnificent beaches. 

  1. Niagara Falls

The breathtaking Niagara Falls is a collection of three waterfalls that converge between the border of Canada and USA. The scenery from the waterfall is simply amazing if not stunning. In fact, it is the largest waterfall in the entire world. You can access the falls from Ontario, Canada or New York, USA. Accommodation is readily available from the various hotels near the Niagara Falls. 

  1. The Orient Express

The Orient Express offers an unusual but exciting holiday experience. It is a luxury train ride that runs through Paris, Venice, London and Istanbul. You get the chance to view Europe’s diverse countryside while enjoying the various luxuries on board as the train houses classy accommodation, bars and restaurants. 

  1. Jules’ Undersea Lodge

Heralded as America’s only underwater hotel, Jules’ Undersea Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Built 30 feet deep on the Ocean floor, off the coast of Florida, the lodge requires visitors to scuba dive in order to get access to the available rooms. Built entirely out of thick glass, you are able to view the various marine species up close. 

  1. Hafnarfjördur, Iceland

If you believe in folklore or find them interesting, then Hafnarfjordur, Iceland is the place for you. The town is rich in folklore history and popular belief is that it is the epicentre of the largest colonies of dwarfs and elves. A visit to the town will welcome you to the magical world of the spiritual beings. You can easily get accommodation in one of the many folklore-themed hotels 

  1. Khentii Mountain Ranges, Mongolia

Mongolia is particularly famous for its founding father Genghis Khan and their great archers. Located to the North of China, Mongolia boasts of the best archers in the world. A visit will give you the chance to get firsthand training in archery from the renowned Mongolian warriors, learn how to make your own bow and arrow and finally spend a night in their nomadic tents. 

  1. Ittoqqortoormiit – Greenland

Located in Eastern Greenland, Ittoqqortoormiit is a settlement that boasts of its rich wildlife including seals, polar bears, walruses and muskoxen. For a more fulfilling experience, you can travel across the various settlements by dog sledding or go polar bear hunting with the locals and later resign to sleeping in one of the icy caves in the area. 

  1. Luange Prabang, Laos

Visit the Buddhist monks of Luange Prabang, Laos for a chance to learn their history, culture and beliefs. Luange Prabang is full of unexplored areas that have a recorded history of more than 1000 years. You can visit the ancient monasteries and Buddhist temples, while exploring the ancient buildings around the city. To make it more interesting, you can get accommodation in any of the Monasteries as you learn the rich Buddhist culture, values and norms.

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