Alnwick Poison Garden in northern England looks like something straight out of Harry Potter - it’s guarded by black iron gates that read, “These plants can kill.” While you can visit the Poison Garden, you aren’t allowed to touch, taste or smell anything in there, for obvious reasons. Back in 2014, seven people walking through the garden fainted from smelling the toxic fumes produced by some of the plants.
Duchess Jane Percy, who established the garden, said, “People think we’re being overdramatic when we talk about [not smelling the plants].” They're not.
2. Craters Of The Moon National Monument And Preserve
Craters of the Moon is a massive national park in Idaho - as in, the size of Rhode Island! The monument serves to preserve volcanic formations and lava flows, and has fittingly been described as “weird” by many who have ventured there. The miles of bizarre terrain are sure to leave you speechless.
Any Halloween enthusiasts will love this one. This trip through Transylvania in modern-day Romania embarks on the history of Vlad the Impaler, who was the inspiration for Dracula. You’ll also get to attend two epic Halloween parties, one of which is in Dracula’s birth place at the medieval citadel of Sighisoara. Is there anywhere better to spend Halloween than a creepy old castle?
Tree hotels are a great option for those who want to unplug from reality in nature for a bit. You can even stay in a bird’s nest (pictured) or a UFO if you so desire. From the tree hotels you get a view of the Lule River Valley and acres of forest all around you.
In case you’ve ever wanted to spend a vacation getaway with a bunch of giraffes, this is the spot for you. Giraffe Manor is located on private land in a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. Giraffes come to visit in the mornings and evenings, and sometimes even stick their heads in windows, hoping they’ll get treats from the guests!
If you’re itching to see the Northern Lights in person, then look no further than Kakslauttanen resort in Finland. The coolest part is that you can stay in a glass igloo and gaze at the Northern Lights all night long! The Northern Lights season lasts from August until April.
The Bactrian Camel Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Mongolia. It takes place in the Gobi Desert, and includes traditional Mongolian music, costume competitions, dancing and camel racing. And of course, you can even ride the camels yourself after the festival as you travel across the Gobi Desert.
If you’re stuck trying to plan your epic summer vacation for next year, Greenland might be the place to go. If you go on this five-day vacation, you’ll get to experience beautiful ice fjords, whale-watching and the cute little town of Ilulissat. Just think, how many people do you know who have actually been to Greenland? You'll likely be the first.
Key Largo, Florida is home to the world’s only undersea hotel. The only catch here is that you have to be a certified scuba diver, because in order to actually get to the hotel, you have to dive 21 feet below the surface! The hotel has all of the normal amenities of an above-water hotel, and you can even have pizza delivered to you!
By the end of this two-week trip, you’ll probably know more about the culture and history of Turkmenistan than anyone you know! You’ll visit historical sites along the Silk Road and see breathtaking geological features. You even get to camp near the Door to Hell, a giant flaming hole in the ground.
These little tree-house spheres in Vancouver, BC are the most adorable things ever! Keep in mind that you will likely have to spoon with whomever your cabin mate ends up being, so it might be good to go with your significant other. Nonetheless, these little spheres are super cozy and even sway in the trees while you sleep!
Edinburgh Castle in Scotland is home to a ton of fascinating medieval history. It served as home to Scottish royalty for centuries, eventually to be used by the British as an army base until the 1920s. The Castle is also said to be incredibly haunted, with visitors reporting seeing shadowy figures and sudden drops in temperature.
The Izu Islands in Japan is a pretty abnormal destination. For one thing, you’re required by law to wear a gas mask at all times while visiting. This is because the islands sit right on top of an active volcanic chain, hence harmful gases leak through the ground. So why would anyone want to go there, you may be wondering? Because the Izu Islands are also known for their stunning landscape.
This trip combines extreme weather with diving - two things most people probably wouldn’t do together (or separately), but this is your chance to go on the craziest expedition you’ve ever heard of. You’ll travel up to Spitsbergen, Norway to see polar bears and other arctic wildlife, and travel as close as 500 miles south of the North Pole. And of course, you’ll get to go on arctic dives to witness the sea creatures that inhabit the area, firsthand.