Amazing Kids! Magazine

Exotic Holidays

By Cathy Yan, Global Village Columnist


We all enjoy taking a much deserved vacation once in a while to escape the monotony from our daily lives. Perhaps your dream is to go to Paris, or New York; but have you ever considered lesser-known, more exotic venues for a getaway? Sure, the bustling metropolitan areas are great; but sometimes, unique places with unusual attractions are just what you need to enrich and better your life.

If you head up north all the way to Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland,you’ll find yourself in a charming village surrounded by beautiful scenery and part of a surreal cultural immersion. Here, you can live with real Inuits, fall asleep in an ice cave, and explore majestic fjords. Feeling adventurous? Head out and spend the day exploring deserted villages. Love animals? Try dog-sledding. No matter what activity you enjoy on holiday, there’s something for you at Ittoqqortoormiit.

The ocean is a popular vacation destination, but, over time, it can get boring fast. However, if you’re not ready to give up the sandy beaches yet, go visit the Seagaia Ocean Dome: a man-made, indoor beach in Miyazaki, Japan. This 984 feet long beach features a fake volcano, fake sand, fake fish and fauna, a steady 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and water park rides. It’s the perfect alternative to the overdone family beach visit, but still retains the classic sand-between-toes feeling everyone loves.

For the horror lovers among us, there is a hauntingly beautiful attraction in Mexico called Island of the Dolls. Featuring weathered dolls dangling from trees, this creepy island is, in my opinion, the weirdest tourist hotspot of all time. However, it is not the dolls that tug at travelers, it’s the tragic story.

Legend has it that a man named Don Julian Santana found a little girl who drowned in a canal and tied up a doll to honour her spirit and ward the island against further tragedy. However, it quickly became an obsession, and he adorned the island with more and more dolls. In the end, he is rumoured to have drowned in the same canal as the little girl. This island is definitely not for the faint of heart; but if you enjoy broken dolls and tales of obsession, come visit this fright-astic island.

Many of us have taken a cruise to Hawaii or the Caribbean; but what about the Great Pacific garbage patch? Covered with floating plastic waste, this attraction is perfect for all the Earth lovers out there. On this trip, vacationers act as volunteers by helping to collect plastic waste that devastate local wildlife and by helping to haul larger debris to shore for proper disposal. Good for boosting positive karma and helping the world, a visit to the Great Pacific garbage patch will not be a waste.

Hopefully, by now, you have realized that there are many more vacation spots out there than the beach or Disneyland. Picking a vacation spot is a huge part of having an enjoyable holiday, so it’s important to know what you want. Like creepy urban legends? Check out the Island of Dolls. Want to help mother Earth? Volunteer at the Great Pacific garbage patch. Never explored a deserted village? Head out to Greenland. If all else fails, put a funky twist on the beach visit and come to Seagaia. Whatever you do, just remember to have fun!