16 Quirky Travel Experiences Around The World You Have To Try In 2019

TripAdvisor Experiences has rounded-up some of the world’s quirkiest, wildest and most offbeat experiences that you have to see – or try – to believe! Whether you want the latest craze in wellness, like goat yoga, or an adrenaline kick–like this New Zealand Catapult–is more your speed, there’s something to suit every traveller’s taste – and budget.

With over 140,000 bookable tours and activities around the world, TripAdvisor Experiences is a one-stop destination for planning all of your travel activities. From traditional sightseeing to food tours, day trips, and local experiences, travelers can find it all on TripAdvisor Experiences.

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Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

Rome, Italy

Find out what it takes to be an ancient Roman gladiator at the Gladiator School of Rome. During a hands-on lesson, travellers will learn how to fight with authentic weapons of the time while wearing a traditional gladiator tunic and belt.

River Bugging

Llangollen, Wales, United Kingdom

Experience whitewater bugging in Llangollen on this guided excursion. Get equipped with all you need to navigate the river, don your equipment and sit back in your bug to shoot the rapids and take in the Welsh scenery along the way.

Gin Cocktail Masterclass

Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Gin lovers, this one’s for you! Join the Gin Experts at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery for a one hour mixology where you’ll learn all about cocktail culture, how the perfect gin cocktails (you’ll make two!), followed by a self-discovery tour of the facilities and an additional complimentary cocktail.

Goat Yoga

Snohomish, Washington, USA

Enjoy a unique twist on yoga with this hour long ‘goat yoga’ lesson led by a certified yoga instructor, in an idyllic ranch setting. During the class, the ranch’s goats will be free-roaming around the pasture—don’t be surprised if they start showing off their own yoga moves or even clambering over you as you hold your yoga poses!

Forest Bathing in a Rain Forest

Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Tune into nature and reset yourself with the latest trend in wellness: forest bathing. After a brief introduction into the background of this activity, travellers will head into the grounds of the Arboretum and spend the next few hours walking, standing, or sitting in the shade of the forest canopy. Unlike a hike, there’s no destination. Instead, you’ll tune in to your senses, wander slowly, and find a deep attentiveness to your surroundings. The experience ends with an informal “tea ceremony,” during participants will get to try a tea and a snack made from some of the very trees they’ve been amidst.

Hells Gate: 1-Hour Mud Bath and Sulfur Spa at Rotorua for Small Group

North Island, New Zealand

Treat yourself to a 1-hour therapeutic mud bath and sulfur spa package at Hells Gate Geothermal Park. Located in one of Rotorua’s most active geothermal zones, Hells Gate features mud bath treatments that leave your body rejuvenated and skin smooth. Have the option to cool off with a dip in waterfall pools after your treatment, and enjoy the ease of round-trip hotel transfers.

Sunlover by Starlight: Overnight Great Barrier Reef Experience

Queensland, Australia

Discover the outer Great Barrier Reef on a 2-day tour from Cairns, including accommodation in deluxe tents pitched aboard a giant pontoon. Activities available include snorkeling, glass-bottom boat, and semi-submersible tours, and an underwater observatory with great views of the ocean’s inhabitants. View the sunset, sunrise, and stars from this remarkable location, as well as plenty of Australia’s colorful marine life.

Hydro Attack Individual Experience in Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

Dive deep into the waters of Lake Wakatipu and explode into the sky as a passenger in the thrilling Seabreacher X watercraft. Brace yourself for stunts and high speeds in this unique ‘shark machine’, one of the only ones operating commercially in the entire world. Experience exciting side-rolls, long dives and 360-degree spins in this private thrillride – each ride is one-on-one with your pilot.

Private Tour: 2 Day Baku Tour with World’s Unique Crude Oil Spa

Baku, Azerbaijan

Expect the unexpected during this 2-day private exploration of Baku, allowing you to discover the city’s timeless history and participate in surprising experiences like crude oil spa visit. Step back in time to explore the timeless treasures of Baku’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town and experience medieval architecture, incredible mountain scenery and warm hospitality. You’ll also get to observe the natural gas vents of the Absheron Peninsula and visit Villa Petrolea, a historic district created by the Nobel brothers. Your Baku visit includes private guide and vehicle, some meals and round-trip hotel transport.

Tasca Waiter for a Day – the Lisbon Experience

Lisbon, Portugal

This one-of-a-kind experience will have you waiting tables and chatting up customers in Tascas, where you’ll be behind the counter and getting to know Lisbon’s inhabitants and their stories while you’re face to face with them. Worry not; this isn’t just about putting you to work. This is the ultimate “tuga experience”. You’ll learn slang, culture, history, and gastronomy. What better way is there to be immersed in the culture than becoming one of of them?

Queenstown Nevis Catapult

Queenstown, New Zealand

The Nevis Catapult is one of New Zealand’s most extreme bungy jumps—a thrilling human catapult over the Nevis Valley. Feel a rush of adrenaline as you are launched 492 feet (150 meters) across the valley, reaching speeds of up to 62 miles (100 kilometers) an hour, then enjoy spectacular views as you swing over the river canyon below.

Meet the Grannies Walking Tour!

Lisbon, Portugal

None of the grannies speak English, but you’ll love them all the same! Walk around Alfama with these remarkable women who rule the city from behind the scenes. They know every corner like the palm of their hand and seem to have a never-ending repertoire of stories. Genuinely funny and surprisingly naughty – theirs is the kind of experience you won’t find in history books! And if you worried the best bits maybe lost in translation, not to worry, a trusted storyteller will be in tow to help with the language barrier.

Make Your Own Bottle of Wine in the Center of Paris

Paris, France

Don’t just drink wine in Paris—blend your own during this winemaking workshop. In an 18th-century royal wine cellar in the heart of the city, learn how to create your own wine and design a personalized label with an experienced winemaker. Taste different grape varietals to select the ones you like, and then take your bottle with you at the end of class.

‘The Upside Down’ – Private Stranger Things Film Locations Tour

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Fit more Stranger Things filming locations into less time than if you explored them independently with this Stranger Things film locations tour. A guide knows the quickest ways in between stops in Atlanta and the surrounding area that show you where key scenes from the show were done. Plus, you’ll ride comfortably, with hotel pickup and drop-off included, while you listen to your guide tell you behind-the-scenes info as you go.

Hands-on Ninja Experience in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Learn the ancient arts of the ninja during this fun-filled 3-hour introduction to key ninja techniques, culture and weapons. Get suited up in an authentic ‘ninja gi’ outfit as you begin your mental and physical training with an instructor in the ways of the ninja. Among the skills you’ll learn during your session are meditation and ‘Kuja-kiri’ (well-wishing), the ‘Embu’ (ancestor dedication) and an introduction to ninja weapons like the blowgun and ‘shruiken’ (ninja star).

Crazy Rich Asians Private Food Tour of Singapore

Singapore

Experience the food at real-world locations featured in blockbuster film based on Kevin Kwan’s best selling trilogy on this private food tour. Explore Singapore’s historical sites along the way as you chow down on the city’s scrumptious food scene. After exploring some of the foodie hotspots around down – including the iconic hawker centre, Lau Pa Sat – take in the best views of Singapore’s skyline and the Marina Bay Sands with a drink a LeVeL 33 Rooftop Bar.

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