In this search for the world's weird and wonderful, I've cast my eye around for places that fit  several criteria. There is nothing strange about Oaxaca City, in central Mexico, for much of the year. See www.iceland.is, About 50 years ago, this megalopolis of the biggest, most expensive and most luxurious of everything was little more than a fishing village. Lake Hillier, Western Australia. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Here are the instructions how to enable JavaScript in your web browser. To explore the Skeleton Coast, hire a car in either Windhoek or Swakopmund. It's free to visit Slab City, three hours drive east of San Diego. See www.barcelonaturisme.com, See also: Seven of the world's best cities we love the most, This series of pillar-like rock formations would be weird enough on its own, but people actually live here. One is whether, as legend has it, this village is the hiding place of the Holy Grail. See www.visitcalifornia.com, The city's slogan is "keep Portland weird", and its residents take that seriously. First there was one crucifix, placed on a hill in northern Lithuania after the 1831 rebellion against the Russians. Joy flights over the Nazca Lines depart from Nazca. Colonies of seals occupy Cape Fria and Cape Cross, while desert elephants roam the interior. India is a fascinating country with zillions of tourist points. See www.travelportland.com, There are cafes in Tokyo where you will be served by people dressed as manga characters. In others, you can pet rabbits or hedgehogs. "This is the city of 'maid cafes', of robot restaurants, hedgehog cafes, bars made to look like dungeons, girls in cosplay outfits… There's never a dull moment. One of the eeriest shipwrecks is the Eduard Bohlen, which lies half buried in sand at Conception Bay. It doesn't get much eerier than walking through the ruins of Rhyolite, a mining town in Nye County, Nevada, that has been deserted since 1920. The natural beauty of the Khovsgol area is reason enough to visit, but this is also home to a unique culture that is all but cut off from the rest of the world. See www.visitmexico.com, See also: 10 of the world's darkest festivals. The lake keeps its deep pink colour year-round, which some scientists say is down to high salinity combined with the presence of a salt-loving algae species known as Dunaliella salina and pink bacteria known as halobacteria. Tours cost  $32; www.hearstcastle.org, See also: 10 former palaces and castles you can visit. That Dubai now has a 154-storey skyscraper and a ski resort is phenomenal. While much of the folklore around this part of the Caribbean fails any rigorous examination, it's fun to indulge in the pretence. Holidays don't have to be all sun, sea and sand. Rhyolite is a two-hour drive from Las Vegas. See www.cooberpedy.sa.gov.au, The truth is out there – or at least the residents of this Northern Territory village think so. Almost 50 years ago, the collapse of a natural gas field formed a 30-metre-deep crater that began leaking flammable methane. "My absolute favourite place for finding bizarre things is Tokyo," he says. The crumbling facades are all that remain. Being inexplicably lost at sea would be a bad thing, so it's nice to know that the Bermuda Triangle isn't really dangerous. The Door to Hell is in Darvaza, a four-hour drive from Ashgabat. Because there is no better way to pay respects to the dead than with tequila. The Galapagos can be accessed by air from Guayaquil in Ecuador. I've always loved that. That's the Door to Hell, and it attracts plenty of thrill-seeking travellers. No one is quite sure what motivated the Nazca people of central Peru to scratch out, over about a thousand years, a series of huge and perfectly rendered pictures in the rocky desert floor. ", See also: The 13 best cities you've never thought of going to, See also: The world's most liveable cities. Or a whole swag of animals that have no fear of humans? A stay in Bermuda itself – if you're brave enough to fly there. Wycliffe Well is the self-proclaimed "UFO Capital of Australia", though it's hard to say how many sightings there have been. See www.ecuador.travel, See also: Spectacular Galapagos killer whale attack caught on camera. Check out a talent show at The Range, Slab City's version of a nightclub, to appreciate the true uniqueness. This is one of the world's strangest sites of pilgrimage. In summer this is just any old lake, albeit a beautiful one. Though it sounds morbid, the Day of the Dead is actually a colourful, joyful and respectful celebration, one that visitors will be encouraged to join. While there are tourist attractions at this former army base – from the brightly painted Salvation Mountain to the East Jesus art installation – the main lure is simply to witness life away from the world. It's a good thing. Hearst Castle is a four-hour drive north of LA. While Hearst Castle is an odd pastiche of architectural styles with a wide range of  artefacts and a wild disregard for budget, it's an amazing place to tour and pretend you're one of Hearst's movie star dinner guests. Lake Khovsgol can only be accessed by four-wheel-drive  – it's a four-day drive from Ulan Baator. We’ve found 40 unique spots with bags of personality for £100 a room a night or less These days travellers want to experience the most adventurous, unique and downright weird destinations that … You want strange? The reporter travelled as a guest of the South America Travel Centre and LATAM.