The Most Terrifying Travel Destinations That Will Give You Nightmares

The Most Terrifying Travel Destinations That Will Give You Nightmares

It’s spooky season, y’all!

Time to dust off your wands, hang up the cobwebs and start working on your Halloween costumes.

But if you want a night full of actual terrors, I’ve compiled a list of some of the scariest travel destinations around the world.

Why sit on white sandy beaches when you can run for your life from ghouls, snakes, cockroaches and haunted dolls?

For an emotional rollercoaster this October,  that will leave you emotionally scarred and too afraid to sleep with the lights off ever again, check out these crap-your-pants terrifying travel destinations.

You’ll most definitely regret it.

Mount Hua, China | Deadliest Trail in the World


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Afraid of heights? You’ll want to give the peaks of Mount Hua a skip then.

Located 120 km east of Xi’an, Mount Hua is home to the deadliest trail in the world – The Plankwalk in the Sky.

To get to the top, you’ll need nerves of steel. Brave hikers will scale the mountainside by stepping on narrow wooden planks that rise more than 984 ft.

The only thing stopping you from falling to your demise? A series of loose metal chains bolted into the mountainside.

If that’s not enough to turn your insides to mush, the two-way traffic will.

Yup, you gotta share that little piece of wood with an insane number of people descending and ascending all at the same time.

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Aokigahara Forest, Japan | Suicide Forest

If you’re a YouTube junkie like me, you’ll remember Japan’s Aokigahara Forest from one of the biggest scandals of in 2018. Popular YouTuber, Logan Paul, came across a dead body in the forest and uploaded it onto the site for his millions of followers to see.

Unfortunately, that’s not an unusual thing to come across in Aokigahara.

It’s one of the world’s most popular suicide spots. It’s estimated that more than 100 people take their lives here each year.

What’s worse is that the forest is so vast that Japanese authorities can’t always find the bodes, leaving unwitting visitors to stumble upon them.

Oh, and there is no cellphone reception in the forest. Plus, compasses don’t work because of magnetic deposits on the floor, and it’s eerily silent because the moss-like vegetation absorbs residual sound.

Fucking terrifying.

La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia | The World’s Deadliest Road

Searching for scary places in South America? Travel down to Bolivia and cycle The North Yungas Road aka “The Dead Road”.

The road winds through the Amazon rainforest at the height of 15,000 feet from La Paz to Coroico.

With only a 3.6-metre wide single lane, zero guardrails and plenty of fog and rain, it’s easy to see how the infamous road claimed 200-300 lives in the ’90s.

Today, it’s more of an adventurous thrill for mountain bikers than a vehicular nightmare.

Paris, France

Paris, France | The Gates of Hell

Need a break from all the cheese, wine and art galleries? Venture down to the Barrière d’Enfer (Gates of Hell) and see the remains of 6 million people.

Why on Earth did the French decide to decorate this tunnel network with millions of bones and skulls?

During the reign of Louis XV, cemetery burial sites were banned due to plague epidemics caused by overflowing graves.

The solution? Remove the dead and use their bodies to decorate the Paris Catacombs.

The result is one of the creepiest places in the world.

For a spooky Halloween, you can visit the catacombs, but don’t venture too far. Each year, people try to explore beyond the permitted areas and end up getting seriously lost.

Maybe pack a snack just in case?


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Poveglia Island, Italy | Italy’s Forbidden Island

Poveglia Island, near Venice, has a dark, twisted history.

• Napoleon used the island to store weapons
• It’s been used as a place to banish plague victims (twice)
• A 1920’s lunatic asylum (where a doctor tortured and killed his patients)
• The doctor eventually committed suicide by jumping from the bell tower

So it’s no surprise that the remote island is considered the most haunted places in Italy and in the world.

While it’s illegal to visit Poveglia, that hasn’t stopped ghost hunters from stranding themselves there. In 2016, five people from the United States paid a water taxi to drop them on the island.

By the time night fell, the group was screaming for help, and a passing sailboat called the Italian authorities to rescue them.

Ilha de Queimada Grande, Brazil

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Ilha de Queimada Grande, Brazil | Most Dangerous Island in the World

If you thought Snakes on a Plane was the peak of your reptilian nightmares, welcome to Ilha de Queimade Grande (Snake Island). Located 90 miles off the coast of Sao Paulo, the 110-acre island is home to more than 4,000 snakes.

But these aren’t your harmless garter snakes.

It’s the only place in the world where you’ll find the golden lancehead. It’s a deadly species of viper whose venom can melt human flesh.


Unfortunately Thankfully, the Brazil government believes in the danger these snakes pose to the public, and it’s illegal to step foot on the island.


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Taylor Glacier, Antarctica | Blood Falls

Taylor Glacier looks like a crime scene.

The waterfall gushes crimson water that makes it one of the eeriest natural wonders of the world.

The phenomenon is caused by a network of subglacial rivers and a subglacial lake. Both are full of brine high in iron, giving the falls their bloody tint.

The high salinity level of the water also keeps Antartica (the coldest place on Earth) from freezing the gory display.

If you want to see Taylor’s Glacier for yourself, you have three options. You can catch a helicopter ride from McMurdo Station in the US, Scott Base in New Zealand or take a cruise ship along the Ross Sea.

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Gomantong Caves, Borneo | Home to Millions of Cockroaches

If you’ve ever wondered what my nightmares look like, it’s the Gomantong Caves in Borneo, Malaysia.

The caves are a geological wonder with limestone walls reaching up to 300 feet, but that’s not why tourists visit the caves. Many come here to experience one of the most terrifying (and disgusting) wildlife encounters on the planet.

Home to two million bats, the cave is covered in thick layers of bat poop (guano). If you successfully wade through the bat droppings without slipping (my skin is already crawling), you’ll come across the several million horrific Malaysian cockroaches.

There are so many cockroaches in the cave that they cover the floors and the walls. The insects are literally everywhere.

Oh, and if you make it past this first circle of hell, you also have the pleasure of running into giant poisonous Scutigera centipedes that are 3 inches long.

Read More: How to Backpack Sepilok, Borneo on a Budget

Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat, Ukraine | Abandoned Chernobyl Disaster City

Once upon a time, Pripyat was an ordinary Russian city with a healthy population of 50,000 people.

Until Chernobyl in 1986, the worst nuclear disaster of all time. Located only three hours from the explosion, Pripyat was forced to evacuate in three hours.

Today, it’s an eerie ghost town — a frozen snapshot of the Soviet Union in 1986.

All the clocks stopped at 11:55. There are decaying dolls dropped by children, weathered books in classrooms and a creepy amusement park that looks like a set from American Horror Story.

With such a high creepy factor, it’s no wonder it’s considered one of the world’s most terrifying travel destinations.

If the radiation levels don’t put you off, you can tour Pripyat. You’ll need a day pass from the government that you can obtain from tour companies in Kyiv.

Cancer, anyone?


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Isla De Las Muñecas, Mexico | Island of the Dolls

Raise your hand if you were personally victimised by Chucky while growing up.

If you want to relive any of the terror, you can visit the Island of Dolls in Mexico.

Located inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Xochimilco is a tiny island that’s home to hundreds of hanging, decomposing, decapitated dolls.

Legend has it that a little girl died here almost 50 years ago. Her body was discovered by the island’s only resident Julian Santa Berrera.

In hopes of appeasing her spirit, he began collecting any dolls he could find and hung them from the trees.

Today, it’s a horrifying doll wonderland.

If you can find a boat captain that’s brave enough to visit, you can see for yourself if the dolls are haunted with the little girl’s spirit.


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Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania | The Burmuda Triangle of Romania

Hoi Baciu Firest aka “The Bermuda Triangle of Romania” is one of the most haunted forests in the world.

It’s a hotbed for paranormal activity, UFO sightings and other unexplained events.

Oh, and you can’t use your phone to call for help if you get lost. Electronic devices mysteriously malfunction as you enter.

If that’s not enough to make the hair on your neck stand up, the warped trees that twist and spiral out the ground will.

What terrifying travel destinations have you been to? Hit ya gurl up in the comments and let’s discuss all things spooky!

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