Monsters, aliens and the supernatural. And what pray-tell does this have to do with travel? Well, if you’re on a cruise-ship and it gets taken down by a kraken or your leisurely trip down the Caribbean causes you disappear over the Bermuda triangle, you’re going to see why this blog is particularly bloody relevant won’t you?! I don’t know about you, but I’m quite sure that I will eventually be beat up by a Sasquatch or abducted and probed by some little green man just because I decided to take a trip ‘somewhere interesting’.
And to top it all off, weird-ass travel is actually pretty big business. This crap has interested me since I was a kid watching a show on Nepal’s yeti, which bugs me, because I never cashed in. That’s over 30 years of research (ie watching TV) completely wasted. And one big part that bugs me is that there is never any proof, and I really wish there was. I watch some weekly TV show on Discovery and they always play up that corner of the photo, or that weird sound, or that stupid moving shadow. But in the end… nothing.
Don’t believe it’s big business? Give me one reason to visit Scotland’s Loch Ness. The fantastic weather or crystal blue water? And maybe it’s just the amazing scenery and great surfing of Roswell, New Mexico that keep the tourists coming back. The fact is, people want to believe in something creepier than Paris Hilton’s lazy eye (which is pretty creepy) and there are tours ready to cash in.
With Halloween coming up I’m sure you’ll see discussions ramp up abound haunted houses, hotels (see the Langham in London) and ghost tours. If anyone’s got some interesting hotspots to see giant birds, large hairy wildmen (apart from Greece), gigantic water monsters or anything else out of the ordinary, let’s hear it, because I want to believe.