Booking.com Shares 6 Humorously Named Destinations Around The World To Celebrate April Fool’s Day
With April Fool’s Day on the horizon, it’s a great moment to celebrate with some lighthearted laughter and try to forget about the uncertainty of the current world around us. With its mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com is sharing 6 humorously named destinations around the world to not only put a smile on your face, but also consider adding to your bucket list to visit whenever the world opens up and it’s safe to travel again.
Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon and only a short drive away from Portland, the town of Boring might not sound so exciting to visit. But the opposite is true and there is actually a fair bit to keep visitors interested in Boring all year round. Travelers can enjoy excellent and dramatic views of Mountain Hood from many places in Boring. During winter visitors can hit the slopes and enjoy days of skiing, while in summer visitors can explore and hike their way through many of the walking trails. For those travelers that are less into mountains, can explore the Oregon countryside during a bike ride on the Springwater Trail or visit a typical farmers market.
Where to stay: Holiday home Secluded PDX Area Townhome ½ Way to Mt. Hood! is situated centrally in Boring and is perfect for a family getaway. The spacious accommodation has modern furnishings and offers amazing views of Mount Hood. The property is an ideal stay for those travelers into outdoor activities as it provides easy access to the mountain, ski resorts, and all the hiking trails surrounding it.
Seventeen Seventy, Australia
Seventeen Seventy, also known as The Town of 1770, is located in Queensland and owes its name to the historic moment that the British Captain James Cook first set foot in Australia in May 1770. Surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay, this picturesque seaside village a lovely destination for the almost two thirds (65%)* of US travelers who are motivated to travel to a destination because of its great beaches. According to Booking.com travelers, Seventeen Seventy is highly endorsed for relaxation, scenery and beaches. It’s also the closest access point to the Southern Great Barrier Reef with deserted beaches and one of the places where travelers can surf and dive the Great Barrier Reef to explore the amazing underwater world.
Where to stay: Situated along 1770 Beach and surrounded by tropical trees, the wooden bungalows of 1770 Beach Shacks offer the ultimate feeling of relaxation. Each air-conditioned bungalow offers incredible sea views and has BBQ facilities and an outdoor dining area on the balcony. Guests can either choose to relax on their own private balcony, or by the beach which is directly located near the property. And for those interested in planning a day trip, the 1770 Marina is just a short walk away, where guests can take a day cruise to The Great Barrier Reef.
Although the name is a bit misleading, there’s no drama needed to explore Drama, located in the northeastern corner of Greece. The city of Drama features a picturesque centre with vibrant cafes and restaurants, serving delicious local cuisine. The wider region, also called Drama, offers amazing natural wonders, including valleys and mountains, and even ski resorts - perfect for enjoying some outdoor activities. With the diversity Drama has to offer, it’s not surprising that it’s highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for (local) food, nature and walking.
Where to stay: Housed in an old tobacco warehouse, Hydrama Grand Hotel is a lovely stay for travelers to explore the city of Drama. The modern rooms offer great views of Agia Varvara springs, the city’s largest park that is worth strolling through. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surrounding area, including cycling and hiking. And after a day filled with sightseeing and activities, guests can enjoy relaxation at the property’s wellness centre.
Not to be confused with the former U.S. president, this port city is located in Fukui Prefecture, just north of Kyoto. The name Obama means “little beach” and is known for its very steep and irregular coastlines. Besides enjoying views of Wakasa Bay, travelers can explore the city’s culture by visiting one of the many temples throughout the city. For the food lovers, Obama will not disappoint as the city is further known for its good food, with fresh seafood as the main ingredient.
Where to stay: Obama Machiya Stay is located just a short walk away from Shiratori Beach, perfect for travelers who enjoy a bit of seaside during their stay. This holiday home offers spacious rooms with traditional Japanese décor. Guests can explore the surrounding area by foot, including the Wasaka Fisherman’s Wharf to taste some of the best seafood dishes, like freshly made sushi and sashimi.
The name of this destination might make you giggle, but this lakeside town with amazing nature in the San Martin region in Peru is a dreamy destination for travelers to relax and unwind. The town’s highlight is Lake Sauce, which is a great spot for swimming and fishing. It’s not surprising that Booking.com travelers highly endorse this destination for relaxation, tranquility, clean air and nature. For travelers wanting to explore more of the region, Tarapoto, the largest city of the region, is a 45 minute drive away. And not to mention the wineries in the San Martin region, that are worth exploring for the one in ten (10%)* of US travelers who are planning a trip to explore a wine region this year.
Where to stay: Enjoy the tranquil ambiance at Maloca Inn. This lodge is directly located near Lake Sauce and is surrounded by tropical nature. Guests can relax and unwind by taking a dip in the outdoor pool and have a tropical drink while enjoying the sunset and the incredible views of Lake Sauce. Guests can explore the surrounding area by foot or plan a day trip to explore the San Martin region even further.
While there aren’t many letters in the name, Croatia’s largest island has a lot to offer. Highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for it’s old town and seaside, this destination is perfect for the almost half (40%)* of American travelers planning to take a beach vacation in 2021 and the majority of travelers (57%)* who are motivated to travel to a destination for it’s “Instagrammable” sights. Krk offers endless natural beaches, numerous authentic Mediterranean fishing villages and ancient towns boasting historical and cultural monuments, an ideal destination for every type of traveler.
Where to stay: Enjoy relaxation at the seaside with the entire family at Ježevac Premium Camping Resort by Valamar. The holiday park offers modern, fully equipped tiny houses with spacious terraces and sea views. Located directly at the beach and just a short walk away from the city centre of Krk, this property is perfect for a relaxing beach break. Guests who prefer to enjoy a bit more activity during their stay, a natural pebble beach, a diving centre, tennis courts and boat rentals are all situated nearby.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 47,728 respondents across 28 markets (1,997 from USA, 1,987 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 1,996 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,994 from Australia, 985 from New Zealand, 1,993 from Spain, 1,993 from Italy, 1,993 from France, 1,984 from UK, 1,989 from Germany, 1,977 from Netherlands, 983 from Denmark, 986 from Sweden, 998 from Croatia, 1,997 from Russia, 999 from Israel, 1,997 from India, 1,992 from China, 991 from Hong Kong, 1,991 from Thailand, 1,977 from Singapore, 998 from Taiwan, 953 from Vietnam, 1,990 from South Korea, 1,987 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2020.