Eerie Travel Spots Nov 19, 2015 by Cathy (Awesome Escape Blogger)

People look for all different reasons to travel. Why not spice it up a notch or two with something spooky. Whether you believe in legends or superstitions doesn’t matter because seeing is believing with these creepy, scary destinations. If you plan on traveling with your family make sure you talk it over with everyone first just to make certain everyone is on board. This sort of getaway might not work if you’re bringing little ones along. However, if you are planning a road trip with friends or going solo, opting for a destination with a little spook flare just may be the ticket. We’re going to have a look at some of the scariest places on the planet; some many people have never heard of before.

Mary King’s Close

For centuries the deep dark hidden secrets of the underground Mary King’s Close, located in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland, have been secluded in dark mystery. Talk of murders and folklore about ghosts, tales of unfortunate souls being walled up and left to die, permeate the air. In 1965, a deadly plague hit this little town, and the town council decided to brick these people up and leave them to die instead of risking the lives of the rest of the community. Makes sense the streets were then nicknamed the “street of sorrows.” From these tales emerged a little girl named Annie; today a local celebrity. The story has it she was sad to have lost her favorite doll. Now a room has been created for her where visitors traditionally leave gifts to bring a smile to her sorrow.

Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy

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There are many different historic bone houses throughout Europe, and this isn’t one of them; it’s different. The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo are burial tombs in Sicily, Italy. They are a historic tourist attraction of record to ancient times past which began in 1599, where the monk and recently dead brother Silvestro of Gubbio were placed into the catacombs. Before the burial, the bodies were dehydrated and often washed with vinegar. Some of the bodies were buried in glass tombs while others were embalmed. What’s interesting to note is that many of the monks were preserved in their daily attire; many of which requested a routine change of clothes. Within these catacombs, it became a status symbol to be entombed. At this point, it stopped being intended just for dead friars. The official closing date of the catacombs was in 1880, but fascinated tourists continued visiting. And the last official burial was in the 1920s, where a two-year-old boy was preserved remarkably intact; his body was recently discovered. A little creepy intriguing is what you get at the historic Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo.

Aokigahara, Japan

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Otherwise known as the “Sea of Trees,” this sacred spot is located at the bottom of Mount Fuji. Here you will find wondrous caverns deep in the forest where the floor is made of virtually impenetrable volcanic rock. It’s claimed by residents a lot of paranormal activity takes place here. Every year local volunteer residents host the annual “body hunt” walk; where human remains are found that are often years old. To add to the mystery there are plenty of unofficial and hidden trails that each has a story to tell; or not, depending on who’s the narrator. After San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Aokigahara has the next highest rate of suicides; adding to the mystical unanswered questions surrounding this enchanting and secretive forest. Records show that since 1950 more than 500 people have died in this forest, mainly from suicide, at a rate of about 30 per year. Is this just coincidence or is there something more to it?  Astounding seventy-eight bodies were found in 2002 alone. Officials have placed signs throughout the forest urging people to seek help and not commit suicide because of all the deaths. The unknown of this place of death draws thousands of people each year to investigate. Worth it for people seeking a little spook.


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