Sure, Florida is nice. Paris is also beautiful. However, some of us would prefer to take the path less traveled. If you consider yourself an unconventional traveler, here are a few unusual holiday spots that should be on your travel bucket list.
1. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
This one-of-a-kind boutique hotel located in a suburb of Nairobi comes complete with its own in-house family of giraffes. This iconic Nairobi building located on 12 acres of private land dates back to the 1930s when wealthy Europeans flocked to Kenya for an exotic getaway. Besides its storied history, one of the most fascinating aspects of Giraffe Manor is the herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes that come to visit every morning and even poke their heads through the windows of unsuspecting guests.
2. Desert Nomad House, Tucson, Arizona
If you've ever felt the urge to get away from it all, look no further than this no frills desert destination. This hidden hideaway consists of two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a dining area, providing a comfortable setting for doing absolutely nothing.
3. Metropolis, Illinois
With a population of approximately 6,500, this Midwestern city certainly doesn't live up to its grand name. However, it does take its connection to Superman's hometown seriously. It's embraced its fictional counterpart so much that it hosts a “Superman Celebration” every June where comic book fans gather to trade rare collectibles and take pictures in front of the town's gigantic 200-foot tall statue of the Man of Steel.
4. Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico
This remote retreat comprising of surreal sculptures was designed by English aristocrat Edward James to be a fantasy playground. Located on 20 acres of jungle, you'll find buildings with names such as “House with Roof Like a Whale,” as well as a staircase that leads to nowhere.
5. Mont St. Michel, France
This tidal island will give you a different experience depending on when you visit. Located off the coast of Normandy, when the tide comes in it is surrounded by water just like any other island, but when it recedes, there is nothing but land in sight. Plus, the island is home to a stunning Gothic abbey that housed prisoners during the French Revolution.
6. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Saariselkä, Finland
Located in northern Lapland, this icy oasis is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights. Rent out one of this luxury resort's famous Igloos with glass ceilings, allowing you to sleep under the stars without freezing your socks off.
7. The Orient Express
This European train expedition made famous by Agatha Christie is still in service and takes passengers on a breathtaking tour throughout the continent with stops in Paris, Vienna, London and Istanbul. It is still a luxurious way to travel, housing upscale restaurants, bars, boutiques and accommodations. In fact, you may never want to get off!
8. Alcatraz Hotel, Kaiserslautern, Germany
What better place to escape to than to stay somewhere where many tried to escape from? You can get the experience of what it was like to live behind bars as you check out this former German prison that has been converted into a 56-room hotel. Each suite includes such features as barred windows, an open concept toilet and a slot used to serve your meal.
9. Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey
Turkish for “cotton castle” this strange natural site located in southwestern Turkey contains hot springs and travertines of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Not only are they unusually beautiful to look at, but they also make for an incredibly relaxing getaway.
10. Chernobyl, Ukraine
Those who dare expose themselves to some radiation are welcome to explore the ruins of the Ukrainian town that was destroyed in 1986 when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. Upwards to 10,000 people a year visit this “Zone of Alienation” to see the eerie remains of lives that forever changed as a result of one of the worst nuclear disasters of all time.