World’s Scariest Travel Destinations

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World’s Scariest Travel Destinations

world's scariest destinations

Traveling the world to exciting destinations is always fun and engaging. However, if you are one of those people who enjoys the thrill of being scared then these travel destinations are for you! You can enjoy creepy tours or adrenaline pumping overnight stays in some of the world’s most spectral, scariest attractions.

Povaglia Island, Italy

This small island just off the Italian coast was used in the dark ages as a quarantine spot for sufferers of the plague.  It is here that the plague victims would ride on a longboat while doctors burned incense, beat drums, and wore long white masks in an attempt to prevent themselves from contracting the disease. This was the last thing that the sick would see before setting foot aground the place where they would eventually meet their demise. Not having enough space to bury the dead and worrying about disease, the bodies were systematically incinerated and the ashes were spread about the island. This was a barrier against further spreading of the disease, and sated the superstition that the spirits would be set free.

In later centuries the main building on the island was used as a hospital that housed the mentally ill from the mainland. Many patients would rampage and kill orderlies and nurses, and often times throw themselves from the windows in apparent possessions. The lead doctor himself met his fate in the bell tower when he hung himself.

Superstitious locals refuse to set foot on the island, calling it a place of the dead and a place of evil. It is reported to be haunted by the thousands who lost their lives and suffered before their fate ended.

Leap Castle, Ireland

Located along the enchanted moors and forests of Ireland, Leap Castle was built in 1250 by the largely feared O’Carroll clan. Considered to be evil by many, the O’Carrolls were known for infighting and murder within their own family (one of the brothers murdered his older sibling who was a priest). The family would also invite other clans to come to celebratory feasts at the castle where they would then poison them.

Upon renovation in the early 1900s, a secret room was found behind the wall that was accessed by a trapdoor. Here, the remains of dozens of skeletons were found resting upon spikes that were mounted on the floor. It took three wagon carts to retrieve and rebury all of the dead. It was suspected that these were either guests of the O’Carroll clan or prisoners who happened to be captured.

One of the most haunted rooms in the castle is known as the ‘bloody chapel’ where the spirit of the long dead priest is said to roam. Frequently there is a dark figure, reportedly evil in nature, which roams the castle and harasses tourists and guests. Leap Castle is definitely a place that lives up to your expectations if you’re looking for someplace creepy.

Leap Castle in Ireland

Bran Castle, Transylvania

This castle was the home of Vlad Dracul Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, Prince of a Wallachia. He was a ruthless leader who was known for his inhumane treatment and cruelty to people. This is largely where we derive our stories of vampires and Dracula. He would defeat his enemies and hang them on spikes that stick out of the front of his castle by the thousands. Driven by revenge for the deaths of his father and brother, he even infiltrated his own noble men and impaled their families. The ones he did not kill he forced into slave labor.

Being rife with the energy of death and evil upon the grounds, this castle is said to be one of the most haunted spots in the world. It is said that the tortured souls still haunt the grounds and are seen often.  It is also reported that Vlad himself still watches over his favorite castle.

Bran Castle " Dracula's Castle"

The Myrtles Plantation, Louisiana, USA

This hauntingly beautiful plantation house is surrounded by full crêpe myrtle trees, giving the house it’s name.  The most popular legend of Myrtles Plantation is the one of Mark Woodruff who was the man of the house. He reportedly forced one of his young slaves, Chloe, into a lurid affair. Apparently she became jealous upon catching her boss with one of the housemaids and decided to exact revenge upon him. She baked a cake that had extract of oleander leaves in it which are extremely poisonous. Only meaning to sicken the family, she put enough poison in the cake to kill his wife Sarah, and their two daughters. Upon being discovered as the culprit, she was hung not by the master, but by slaves and then thrown into the Mississippi River. She along with the spirit of Sarah and the children have been seen frequently by guests in the plantation house and on the grounds.

If a haunted overnight experience is what you have been looking for, then a visit to Myrtles Plantation will be a perfect place for you to spend some time.  You are guaranteed to be amidst otherworldly happenings.  You might even see a full-bodied apparition yourself.

The Myrtles Plantation

Have you been to any of these locations?  What others would you add to the list??


Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

14 Comments

  1. Stephanie Mayo

    September 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Love crazy and creepy places! I remember visiting haunted plantations in Georgia as a kid and a few years ago did a ghost walk in Philadelphia – LOVED IT! But Vlad’s Castle has always been on my list and am hoping to visit next spring!

  2. Katie @ The World on my Necklace

    September 17, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Ooo creepy – I love it! I worked and lived in one of the most haunted hotels in New Zealand. I didn’t see anything but felt some creepy vibes a few times. My brother was working there over summer and went walking around at around 1am one morning and a candlestick flew off the mantlepiece in the Restaurant at him. Mary King’s Close, an underground street in Edinburgh, is reportably haunted and very creepy also.

  3. Amanda

    September 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Well now I feel all bad-ass. I’m off to Transylvania for Halloween this year! But by the sounds of it maybe I should bo off to Ireland, how creepy does Leap Castle wanna get! What were they, the Adam’s family to the 1200s!

  4. Emily @ Along Dusty Roads

    September 20, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Brilliant article! I would love to spend the night in a haunted hotel, just need to convince Andrew… I remember watching a ‘Most Haunted’ about Leap Castle – scary place!

  5. Mandie @ RamblingMandie

    September 20, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Ah! You beat me to this post. 😛 It’s all good, though. I LOVE haunted anything..ghost stories, witchcraft, paranormal activity. I used to be that creepy kid who wrote papers on unsolved serial murders. Lol. I’ve been meaning to visit the Myrtles Plantation for awhile now.

  6. Anda@Travel Notes & Beyond

    September 22, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Very interesting and unusual post, Ashley. The only spot that I am aware of is Bran Castle in Transylvania, but never heard about the other ones. Very good read.

  7. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    September 22, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    I’m not sure if these should be on my Must See List or my Must Avoid List. They sound fascinatingly creepy.

  8. Jessica

    September 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    I love haunted places. I’d add the former TB ward and lunatic asylum at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio to the list. It’s one of the most haunted places in the United States, and there’s no end to the creepy stories that occur there. You can even see the imprint of a body on the floor, where someone died and wasn’t found until long after he’d started to decay.

    Totally creeptastic! I definitely want to do a plantation ghost tour sometime. Southern gothic traditions and stories absolutely fascinate me.

  9. Marissa | It's The Little Things

    September 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Ah I want to go to every single one of these. I find the creepy/haunted type locations to be really cool and interesting. Hearing the stories of each of these places makes me want to go even more!

  10. Lauren

    September 22, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Sounds very scary! These haunted places are all so beautiful! I don’t know if I believe in this sort of stuff…ghosts and all of that…but then, I get scared really easily so I could see getting all freaked out while I’m there! I loved the stories of each place!

  11. Hannah Wasielewski

    September 25, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Places like this freak me out so much, but I love it at the same time! I’d probably go with someone else who really really wanted to go.

  12. Riza

    July 15, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    I would love to spend the night in haunted places like this.I would totally visit these places if I could afford it.

  13. Aaron Burg

    May 24, 2017 at 2:18 AM

    Good list of haunted places in the world. I have been to Myrtles Plantation once. Heard some stories but don’t know if they are true. All in all I will not go there again.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      May 27, 2017 at 8:03 AM

      Ah good to know about Myrtles Plantation! It still looks really cool though 🙂

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