Need a vacay and want to get off the beaten track? Or maybe you’ve already seen all the top tourist spots and need a recommendation for something left of centre? Perhaps seeing some whacked-out loony twaddle is your kind of holiday. Look, we don’t really care what floats your boat – each to their own, but if you’re the kind of person who wears socks with sandals or owns a Smart car then here’s a top 10 list of travel website TripAdvisor’s weirdest destinations. Enjoy, or forward to the window-licker with wanderlust in your life.
Poopoo Land – Seoul, S. Korea
Look, we all know that South Korea’s famous for having some weird shit, but they didn’t have to go and make it so literal… From all accounts, this tourist attraction, a 220 square-metre playground dedicated to the human digestive system, looks like total crap.
Owl Café – Chiyoda, Japan
This place looks to be an absolute hoot (sorry). The Owl Café in Chiyoda, Japan is apparently part of a growing trend of places where, for a nominal fee, you can spend time with owls. Contact with the crepuscular, feathered fliers allegedly has some sort of healing effect, though we’re not quite sure exactly how.
Altitude Golf – Queenstown, NZ
Mark Twain once famously said that “golf is a good walk spoiled”, but Altitude Golf in New Zealand’s Queenstown have gone one step beyond and figured out a way to ruin a helicopter ride too. The single-hole par three ‘course’ has four tee-off points for you to pick from – if you don’t hit the green in one shot then expect a long afternoon trying to find your ball.
Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator – Rome, Italy
On my order: unleash itinerary. Housed on the historic Appian Way, near Rome’s Colosseum, this place’ll teach you how to be a first-rate Maximus Decimus Meridiot before you can say ‘carn the Rabbitohs’ – complete with tunic and sword.
Jamaica Bobsledding Tour – Montego Bay, Jamaica
As anybody who grew up watching Cool Runnings repeats every other school holidays can testify, the tale of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team is one of the greatest underdog stories of all time, and can now be relived by your very self. Okay, so it’s basically a super-lame rollercoaster through the jungle, but the scenery looks lush, you can choose your own speed and it’s painted just like the one John Candy sources in the film, mon.
K Live Hologram Concert – Seoul, South Korea
Heeeeyyyy sexy lady. If you’re the kind of creep who dances to Gangnam Style at the office Christmas party then you’re in for a real treat. The K Live Hologram Concert is just that – a hologram visualisation of K-Pop’s biggest stars in an all-singing, all-dancing, all seriously tacky production, magically beamed onto the stage.
Knight Tournament with Medieval Feast at Sumeg Castle – Veszprém, Hungary
If you’ve ever watched Game of Thrones and though ‘yep’ then here’s your next holiday sorted. Located in Veszprém in Hungary, guests are invited to partake in traditional medieval games in an ancient castle, before enjoying a delicious feast. The website describes the experience as an opportunity to “… explore the magnificent castle itself then admire the skills of Knights and their horses with graceful movements during the castle games followed by a medieval feast. This generally means dining without knives and a forks. The menu consists of delicious broth, roast goose legs served with all the trimmings, salad, dessert, and unlimited consumption of wine accompanied by Gypsy music.”
I don’t totally hate it.
Operation Zombie Apocalypse – Las Vegas, USA
Ever wished the world would end in a real-life zombie apocalypse? Me neither. Luckily, the team at Operation Zombie Apocalypse in Las Vegas have created an experience that is immersive yet staged, so you can live out your zombie-slaying fetishes without actually becoming the walking dead. Think of it as a real-life video game.
Cat Yoga – Sydney, Australia
I mean really – where does one even begin? This café in Sydney’s Surry Hills has over 17 cats, all rescued from the streets, and for 20 dollarydoos will let you play with them for an hour, hot beverages included. Their website features a multitude of paw-ful cat related puns (see what you made me do?) and you can even partake in cat yoga, which is pretty much what it sounds like, minus the downward dog. I’ll stick to tequila and loud music to get my kicks but I’m sure there’s somebody lame enough in your life to warrant a lazy gift voucher at some stage in the near fur-ture.
Ijen Blue Fire Trekking Tour – Banyuwangi, Indonesia
If literal piles of fake crap, homeless cats and zombies aren’t your thing, then here’s an actual adventure which looks about as cool as it is action-packed (and possibly dangerous). Trek through the night for 7 hours to end up witnessing the blue fires of the Ijen volcano in Banyuwangi, Indonesia, which burn the sulphuric gases that escape the crater at 600 degrees celsius. The crater doubles as a working sulphur mine, so is pretty much guaranteed to smell like 1000 farts, but if you can deal with that then we think this looks sick.