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Maybe avoid these places while looking for somewhere to vacation…

1 – Ilha de Queimada Grande, Brazil

Looks nice right? Wrong. Ilha de Queimada translates to “Snake Island” and that’s what inhabits this island. With up to 5 snakes per square meter this place is crawling with Golden Lancehead snakes, a type of Viper with a  deadly venom that melts the skin around the bite.

2 – Izu Islands, Japan

The Izu islands are a volcanic stretch of islands in Japan. The stench of sulphur is ever present and due to dangerous levels of gas all residents are required to carry gas masks with them at all times. The islands were evacuated in 1953 and 2000, the residents returned in 2005 gas masks in tow. Creepy.

3 – “The Door To Hell”, Turkmenistan.

I know what you’re thinking, this looks kinda cool right? But it’s actually poisonous gas burning. In 1971 archaeologists came across an underground cave filled with gas. They then set fire to the hole so the gas couldn’t escape and poison people, they expected it to go out within a couple of days. It still burns today and it’s known as “The door to hell”.

About 8 hours Car ride out of Lima, Peru into the Jungle sits a strange small village named Oxapama. What’s so strange about this Peruvian Village? well it’s actually German. It was founded in the 19th century by German settlers, those that made it after a 2 year journey by boat from Europe. Peru’s road’s are notoriously dangerous which makes this even more remote and a wonderful find and something you’d not expect to find hiding in the middle of the amazon rainforest. The village has 3 hotels a few pubs & restaurants and  has traditional german architecture.

Oxapampa

When you think of Japan, you might think; Technology, sky scrapers, Sushi? What you probably don’t think of is white sandy beaches and idillic crystal clear waters. Perhaps it’s most well known beach is it’s indoor one but peace, tranquility and pristine beaches can be found on the Japanese Island of Ishigaki. The island is located between Japan and China and therefore takes cultural influences from both countries. It has an airport which is accessible only from Japan via Japan Transocean Air.

Ishigaki Island

The Shetland Islands are an archipelago comprising of over 100 islands off the north east coast of Scotland where you can find dramatic landscapes, an abundance of wildlife and some great traditions. Although the Islands belong to Scotland and the United Kingdom, the nearest major city is actually Bergen in Norway. The largest town on the Islands is Lerwick with a population of around 7,000. A range of wildlife can be spotted here including Puffins, Seals and Orcas. There’s a thriving culture and events like Europe’s most famous Fire festival, “Up Helly Aa” which is held on the last Tuesday in January. You can reach the Islands by Ferry from Aberdeen and by plane with LoganAir from Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is also worth noting that the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) can be seen from the Islands.

Foula Island