1) Halifax, Canada
We have a soft spot for the maritime provinces, but Nova Scotia takes the cake when it comes to the creepy, spooky, and downright freaky. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has a large feature on the Titanic disaster, including items discovered from the wreck. The exhibit takes you through life aboard the Titanic in a way that may leave you feeling as though you’re channeling Rose – or Jack. A must-do if you’re on the east coast and are prepared for chills up your spine.
2) Hashima Island, Japan
This ghost town isn’t your average deserted area. This tiny island was once the home for thousands of miners, as it was rich in coal. Once Japan began a widespread shutdown of coal mines in the 1960s, Hashima’s mines were decommissioned, and the buildings deserted. To visit the island, you must join an organised tour departing from Nagasaki. There’s a real safety risk of the buildings crumbling at any time, so you absolutely cannot go alone! The creepiest thing about the island is that, without any prior knowledge of its history, you might assume a horrible natural disaster or tragedy occurred here (a la Chernobyl), for it to be so desolate, yet so developed. The truth is, there was just no longer any reason for anyone to live here – so everyone moved.
3) Stockholm, Sweden
Picture it: Stockholm Harbour, August 1628. The Vasa ship was a magnificent feat of engineering, designed to be the most powerful warship, was due to set sail. Everyone gathered to watch its maiden voyage and salute its grandeur. But minutes after its departure, the ship sank. It was too top-heavy, the size too large, the design too unstable. 333 years later, the ship was recovered, and after extensive rehabilitation, eventually brought to its final resting place at the Vasa Museet (Vasa Museum). If you think the fascinating history of this doomed ship isn’t chilling – gaze upon the ship itself in person, and we think your mind will be changed.
4) Mexico City, Mexico
Okay, okay. You want to see some ghosts. Nautical museums and weirdly deserted areas don’t do it for you. That’s fine. Mexico City is loaded with ghosts, apparitions, and straight-up spooky phenomenona. From the time you land at the airport, you could be welcomed with the local ghost of a little girl who plays with a ball. Next, you’ll want to spend a night at the Casa de las Brujas (literally, the “house of witches”), where it has been said the ghost of a woman who lived there and practised witchcraft, appears from time to time. Wherever you travel next, take the Metro, as it’s said to be haunted by several entities for various reasons. Be sure to visit the Island of the Dolls, south of Mexico City, to see the undeniably eerie display of dolls hung from the trees, said to be placed there to appease the spirit of a girl who drowned nearby years ago.
Ready for a party? Reportedly, Zaca, the yacht once owned by Errol Flynn, is haunted by the ghosts of parties past, and the sounds of laughter and clinking glasses can be heard on board. The yacht, which was left in disrepair for a number of years and is now privately owned, has been spotted at Monaco Classic Week. And realistically, even if you don’t see any ghosts on your trip to Monaco, is there really such a thing as a bad vacation in Monaco? (No. The answer is no.)