The world is full of fascinating creatures that may or may not exist, and ‘investigating urban legend’ is a great reason to escape the daily grind and book your next holiday.
Add these bad boys, girls and things to your bucket list and track down these fantastic myths.
Laugh all you want, Bigfoot is real – at least for 20.6% of Americans surveyed in a Chapman University study.
Most organisations, such as the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) and the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organisation (GCBRO) – these are definitely real – agree this mysterious figure lurks around North America. In fact, there’s more than one, if reports are to be believed.
Generally speaking, you will find the Sasquatch variety in the northwest, while the more aggressive Bigfoot dwells in the south. The GCBRO states that they are equipped with the most modern technology to help them identify specimens, including night vision, infra red heat sensors, directional microphones with parabolic boosters, and wireless microphones.
The BFRO recently opened their expeditions to non-members (although you’re welcome to join), where you and a group of other enthusiasts can spend four days trekking wild areas such as the California Redwoods, the Colorado Rockies, Eastern Texas and more in search of evidence.
Explore the beautiful Loch Ness in Scotland and see if you can make a new aquatic friend in this famed sea creature.
The lake is the country’s largest by volume at more than 32 kilometres in length and up to 215 metres deep in parts – plenty of room for a lake monster to hide.
Gary Campbell, the registrar of sightings at lochnesssightings.com, keeps a record of times Nessie has been spotted that date back as far as 565AD and includes unidentified creatures from many of the other 23 lochs in the area. Some reports state Nessie has been spotted more than 3,000 times, making the beast either incredibly long-living, or one member of a family of generations.
Plan your trip to the Scottish Highlands to see if you can catch Nessie yourself, perhaps by taking a walk around the loch, paddling out on a fishing boat, or even swimming if you’re brave and not averse to the oft-freezing conditions.
Known as Asia’s abominable snowman, the Yeti could be your excuse to make way to the Himalayas, ticking Nepal, India and Tibet off your bucket list.
The Yeti was first spotted in 1925 by Greek photographer N. Tombazi while working with a geological expedition in the Himalayas. This hairy monster (the Yeti, that is) is said to leave giant footprints spaced up to two feet apart in its natural habitat of the foreboding mountains that stretch across three countries. He’s said to weigh between 100 and 200 kilograms, have thick fur and average about 6 feet (183 centimetres) in height. Scientific discoveries have more recently shed light on the mystery, suggesting that the Yeti does exist – yet simply as some kind of sub-species of brown bear.
Start your journey in Katmandu, Nepal’s capital. Stay in the Yak & Yeti luxury hotel or the Yeti Mountain Home, trek the two-week Yeti Trail with a sherpa to guide you and dine out at the Yak & Yeti Bistro. Even if you don’t see a real one, you’ll have an experience of a lifetime just trying.
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Which mythical beast would you most want to find, and where?