Just in time for Halloween, we’ve sought out the biggest and baddest of spooky travel locations to keep you on your toes. Whether you are traveling with your family or sending your business associates on a much needed vacation, you should always put a bit of research into the final destination of the journey. It’s almost October, what better than a scary adventure for you and your favorite people? Here is a quick overview of what we’ve deemed the top four spookiest destinations around the world.
There’s a forest at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan that has a longstanding association with demons according to Japanese mythology. It also happens to be the second most prevalent place in the world for people who wish to commit suicide. The suicide problem is so bad in the forest that the rangers must keep an eye out daily for bodies. There is a positive side to the forest. It’s absolutely beautiful, and known for it’s peaceful environment. The trees are so thick that they block intruding winds, and create a serene hideaway.
This destination is definitely something straight out of Silent Hill. Pripyat is a site that was heavily affected by the Chernobyl meltdown, and has just recently been opened by the Ukrainian government for people to see. More than fifty thousand people used to populate the streets of Pripyat. Now it’s home to a string of abandoned hospitals, theme parks, and homes. The ultimate deserted town scenario, and don’t worry about the radiation. It’s been proven to be safe for several years.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, West Virginia
Everyone needs a good creepy asylum on their top four list of spooky places. This particular asylum was in operation for over a hundred years. That’s plenty of time to build up some scary ghost stories. It should also be mentioned that this asylum was known for it’s poor sanitation and overcrowding. There were plenty of instances where patients were actually put in cages to keep them under control. Patient rights weren’t really an important issue until after the sixties… especially when it comes to the mentally ill and disabled.
Poenari Castle, Romania
Most people love the mystique involved in telling their friends that they visited the real Dracula’s castle in Romania. Most people are also wrong about the actual location of Vlad the Impaler’s home. There actually isn’t any evidence that Vlad ever lived in Bran Castle. It’s just a tourist attraction. In the 15th century, Vlad the Impaler took ownership of the castle, and repaired the structure. Although, if you wish to actually visit the castle, you better have your walking shoes on. There are fifteen hundred steps leading up to the entrance.