Whether or not you believe in ghosts, Jody‘s crew thinks the mythology behind historical buildings and locations can be fascinating. Visiting America’s “haunted history” can be a great way to spice up any vacation and is probably easier than you think. Most locations steeped in history have ghost stories.
Here is a list of some of the more famous locations to get you started:
St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans: The St. Louis Cemetery is probably immediately recognizable and is rumored to be haunted by a variety of ghosts, most notoriously the ghost of Voodoo Queen Mary Laveau.
Winchester Mansion: The home of Sarah Winchester, widow of William Wirt Winchester (son of famed rifle maker). This mansion is most famous for its long hallways, stair cases to nowhere, mirror tricks and doors that open to reveal brick walls. After the death of her husband and daughter a medium told Sarah the family was cursed for the deaths their rifle-building lineage had caused. To appease these dead Sarah was required to build them a house for the dead and never stop building. The construction went on nearly no stop for 38 years.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: Constructed in 1858 this building is the largest hand-cut stone building in North America. The asylum stopped treating patients in 1994. Guided tours are available and it is rumored that the ghosts of Civil War soldiers and patients roam the two miles of hallways.
Stepp Cemetery, Illinois: Several gruesome myths, from cults to grieving mothers unburying their dead children, surround this famous cemetery in which less than two dozen disintegrating graves still stand.
Moundsville Penitentiary, West Virginia: This Gothic style prison is said to house many ghosts, but is most famous for its resident, the Shadow Man. The Shadow Man was supposedly a maintenance man who was stabbed to death by inmates for snitching to guards about inmate activity. Sunset tours available.
Gettysburg Battle Field, Pennsylvania: During the infamous Civil War battle more than 50,000 soldiers were killed. Today it is said their ghosts still roam the fields, hills and forests. Groans, moans, cannon and gunfire supposedly can be heard all over the grounds; however, The Devil’s Den, where dozens of limbs and bodies were discovered after the war, is a favorite ghost hunting site.
Other spots to visit include the Stanley Hotel, probably made most famous as the set for The Shining, the St. Augustine Lighthouse , The Myrtles Plantation and The Bell Witch Cave.
More info about all these locations can be found in the original article.
Jody Victor’s crew found that there are trips you go on based on your personality. But don’t we do that already? If you’re not a beach person, you might not want to go Hawaii. If you’re not adventuresome, why would you go on a safari?
Let’s see what the article from Huffington Post says about the first 8 types:
The Classic Traveler:
This type likes organization and consistency. Traveling to a new place requires a plan. Maybe a guided tour of win country in Tuscan, Italy.
The Harmonious Traveler:
This traveler likes peace and harmony. It is suggested to retreat to Kasbah du Toubkal Ecolodge in Marrakech, Morocco. It is eco-friendly as well.
The Altruistic Traveler:
This traveling type is creative and nurturing. Helping others gives satisfaction. This traveler may make their time off a service trip. They suggest you check out National Geographic for top volunteer vacations. (This writer also suggest checking out local churches for mission trips, such as helping to rebuild homes in Haiti, New Orleans, or other places hit by disasters. Or even spend time with Habitat for Humanity.)
The Posh Traveler:
This traveler is logical and analytical. They have intellectual discussions and have high standards. London is a good destination as there is a lot of history, art, museums, campuses and rich literary history.
The Wild Traveler:
This type is independent and adapts easily. They love outdoors and seek thrills. Places might be backpacking in New Zealand where they can also bungee jump, canyon, and skydive.
The Chill Traveler:
A Chill Traveler is low key, cheerful and often are artistically talented. A laid back island vacation may be perfect – relaxing, snorkeling, sailing, volleyball. Check out Old San Juan.
The Offbeat Traveler:
Offbeat travelers are found to be artistic and idealistic. This type might like to go to India.
The Scholarly Traveler:
This traveler is a thinker, loves logic, innovation, philosophy, and art. A trip to Florence, Italy to visit the Duomo.
Next time, we will look at the other 8 types and their best vacation fit.
“Vacation” means to be free from obligations; leisure, release, to be empty or free. It is a respite or period away from something. It’s a state of being unoccupied or vacating. In England it is called “holiday”. Here in the US, someone goes on vacation while in England they go on holiday.
Staycation is a term combining “stay” and “vacation”. Most of the time, people may use it to say they are taking time off from work but aren’t going anywhere. Maybe they will spend time working around home.
Daycation is used to describe a day trip. Some daycation ideas: go to a local landmark, zoo, museum, spa day, tour of a local facility that offers them, waterparks, golf, shopping, sports event, etc.
Nearcation can be used to describe a vacation in which you aren’t traveling too far away. Maybe to a campsite 3 hours away, or an overnight stay in a nearby city.
The upsides: no travel headaches, less money spent, not worrying about forgetting something, no TSA rules or luggage to worry about.
The downsides: you might be too accessible through email or phone; you don’t get to explore too far outside your environs.
~ Jody Victor