fodors.comInside Trasmoz, the Cursed Spanish Town of WitchesWalking the empty streets of Trasmoz, in the Aragon region of Spain, it’s hard to believe that this tiny village—which has no shops or schools and mostly dilapidated houses—was once a thriving community, home to 10,000 residents. Today, less than 100 people live in Trasmoz, and the story of how the village underwent this dramatic transformation involves witchcraft, deception, greed, power, and politics. But this tale doesn’t necessarily have an unhappy ending, and the residents of Trasmoz are proud of their colorful, complicated history.
fodors.comI’m Afraid of Flying, so I Flew the World’s Longest Flight—And It Cured MeThis is the true story of a travel editor who is terrified of flying. A mixture of duty to his field and a confrontation of fears caused him to volunteer to fly the longest flight in the world, from New York to Singapore during its inaugural week.
fodors.comCan You Believe?: 8 Things Millennials Would Give Up to Travel the WorldAccording to several studies, millennials are willing to give up quite a few things in order to travel across the globe. Motivated by FOMO and the desire to experience other cultures, young people value claim traveling helps shape who they are.
fodors.comSalar de Uyuni 101: How to Visit the Largest Salt Flat in the WorldFormed by prehistoric lakes tens of thousands of years ago, Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni spans a massive 4,086 square miles across the altiplano at a breathless 11,995 feet above sea level. Practically devoid of any sign of life, only a few hearty souls call this harsh landscape home. A thick layer of abrasive salt crust forms the iconic hexagonal pattern stamped across the terrain, serving as an extraction site for salt and the world's largest reserves of lithium. The remarkably flat surface draws visitors from across the world to experience the surreal landscape in person. Among the most extreme landscapes in South America, a trip to the Salar de Uyuni makes for an otherworldly travel experience.
fodors.com11 Underwater Art Exhibits Where Culture and Coral CollideEver wonder where you can find some underwater art? This is where you can find underwater statues. From snorkelers to squids, everyone’s a critic in the dogfish-eat-dogfish world of underwater art museums. The goal of the submerged sculpture parks, including one that debuted in May at the brand new Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, is often twofold: add sophistication to a dive spot and rehabilitate damaged or dying coral communities by becoming artificial reefs that entice the creatures who call them home to stay or, in many cases, return.
fodors.comBeyond the Page: 10 Fascinating Literary Destinations for Bookworm GlobetrottersClose the book and take to the sea or sky: These 10 literary destinations let travelers see the places behind their favorite stories. Many a traveler started as a reader, with books often being the first introduction to lands far away and cultures unknown. And while armchair travel can certainly be enjoyable, it's more thrilling to close a book, buy a plane ticket, and actually go visit those intriguing places you've read about up close. See what inspired Shakespeare to take up his quill. Raise a cocktail where Truman Capote imbibed. Walk the gardens that Neruda himself tended. A world of stories awaits… Here are 10 literary destinations from Shakespeare's Globe to Pablo Neruda’s Homes to Dante’s House Museum around the globe to inspire your wanderlust.
fodors.com32 Ultimate Things to Do in RomeThere are enough things to do in Rome to keep you busy for years. Not only are there must-visits like the Coliseum and the Vatican, but must-eat --there's so much decadent pasta and gelato to indulge in, places to shop for everything from handicrafts to haute couture, archeological sites, Baroque churches, villas-turned-museums, and enough art to overload your senses. Whether you’ve never visited Rome or return often, here are 32 things you absolutely must do.
fodors.comJust When You Thought This State Couldn’t Get Scarier: 12 Unexpected Florida Haunted Attractions You Have to SeeIt's more than just Disney World: it's haunted highways, hospitals, schools, and hotels. Every year, Florida experiences an influx of tourists in October. Thrill-seekers flock to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights and Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream, which are undoubtedly worthy attractions for any Halloween junkie. But, Florida locals know that there are particularly special destinations that will truly rattle your nerves. Although the Sunshine State isn’t best known for being the most haunted location in America, there are plenty of eerie, historic sites that should please the paranormal hunters and the morbidly curious.
fodors.com12 Surprising and Notable Sights in TransylvaniaTransylvania, Romania’s loveliest region, is full of oddities. There are the obvious sites related to Dracula and vampires and forests, but beyond those is a wealth of eccentric attractions with unusual claims to fame. This list includes some off-the-beaten-path destinations that show how much cultural, natural, and historical variety there is in Ardeal, as Romanians call the mountainous and historically rich area.
fodors.com18 Bone-Chilling Ghost Stories About One of Europe’s Creepiest CapitalsPrague has long been the site of many epic tales and local legends. Meander through cobblestone streets, gaze at Gothic and Baroque architecture, admire the city at night, and you’ll quickly see why Prague has a reputation for being mysterious--it’s is immaculately preserved, giving the illusion that you’ve stepped back in time. In a city full of ancient relics, it’s no wonder something could be lurking in the shadows. The dark side of Prague conjures local legends spooky enough to leave those who listen with chills that are hard to shake off, and the ghost stories of Prague are numerous. It’s only a matter of time before they make themselves known to you--believers and non-believers alike. Now, a new interactive ghost map of Prague makes ghost hunting more accessible to the public--are you ready for it?
fodors.com10 Strange and Terrifying Animatronic Creatures Across The WorldTravel to see the most terrifying robots and animatronic creatures, from scary to strange, located all across the world from Berlin to Las Vegas, to Detroit, in restaurants like the Rainforest Cafe, museums, libraries, and more.1
fodors.com10 Dishes You Need to Try in RomaniaIf you’re headed to Romania or Transylvania, you’d better be hungry; the meat- and dairy-centric cuisine of this mountainous Eastern European country is seriously hearty. Romania's food is also totally unique—a blend of local traditions and the myriad influences of conquerors (from the Ottomans to the Austro-Hungarians to the Soviets) who vied for control of its lands over millennia.
fodors.com10 Places Scarier Than Dracula’s CastleBran Castle is marketed as Dracula’s home and attracts tourists in their droves. In reality, neither Bram Stoker nor his possible inspiration, Vlad the Impaler, had any particular connection to it. While Bran Castle looks the part with its high walls and Gothic turrets, it is distinctly lacking the fear factor. If you really want to experience the heebie-jeebies in Romania, seek out Transylvania’s spooky forests, haunted medieval buildings, and mystical mountains. With barely a vampire in sight, these 10 paranormal hotspots more than deliver.1
fodors.comThe Tropical Island Paradise Where You Can Have a Beach All to YourselfA tiny speck on the map in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is home to some of the world’s finest beaches, with powdery white sand, thriving coral reefs just feet away, and towering shaded palm trees that produce refreshing coconuts--but many of these perfect beaches are full of tourists. While luxury hotels often have their own private beaches, nothing beats having a beach all to yourself. For the ultimate Mauritius experience, find one of these secret beaches.
fodors.com6 Things Congress Changed About Air Travel (and One Big Thing They Didn’t)What animals count as support animals? Can airlines bump me from a flight I'm already on? The FAA Reauthorization was signed by President Trump last Friday afternoon. The new law addresses complaints travelers have been raisings for years (shrinking seats) as well as some that have been recently in the headlines (involuntarily bumping passengers). But there’s one important change the new law doesn’t make that’ll cost you big time … and make airlines a fortune.
fodors.comThe 10 Most Haunted Hotels in the WorldFrom murderers and crooked politicians to runaways and rejected lovers, the rich and the poor alike have often found themselves in that same bastion of intrigue during unsettling situations throughout history: the hotel. Not all scandals lead to death, and not all deaths lead to hauntings, but hotels across the globe report more than their fair share of afterlife activity, making them a hotspot for enthusiastic ghost hunters. No matter where you find yourself in the world, we have you covered with the most haunted hotels in some of the world’s creepiest capitals.