Cool, Unique Travel Site

18 08 2009

Atlas Obscura bills itself as a Compendium of the World’s Wonders, Curiosities and Esoterica. Even the phrase has you wanting more. The site itself is nothing short of spectacular full of some of the best and most amazing randomness the world has to offer, from Húsavík’s Phallological Museum in Iceland(yes, there does exist such a thing as a phallological museum) to the holy rats that inhabit Karni Mata Temple in India.

It’s the ultimate travel guide for the off-the-beaten-pathers, and, what’s more, it’s a collaborative project, meaning anyone can contribute an interesting (read: bizarre) place), the sorts of things like miniature cities and handwoven bridges (fear!) that are left out of the usual guidebooks.

As it describes itself, “Atlas Obscura is about celebrating a different way of traveling, and a different lens through which to view the world.” In other words, it’s a way of opening up travel, and of uniting people and their stories. Score on many counts.