Travel Backwards and Forwards in Time with These Stays Fit for a Time Traveler
Pretend To Be a Time Traveler Day is celebrated around the world on 8th December, a fun day that encourages people to pretend to be a time traveler from a different time, either from the past or from the future. With our research showing that 36% of global travelers* are keen to travel as far as possible, so with that in mind we present eight unique destinations that will make you feel like you’ve either gone back in time or time-traveled into the future. From futuristic capitals with dazzling neon lights to small, charming villages frozen in time, there is a destination for every kind of time traveler.
Tokyo is a vast, teeming metropolis nestled between mountains and Tokyo Bay. Neon lights, cutting-edge technology and state of the art innovation have transformed the city into one of the most futuristic destinations in the world. Home to stunning skyscrapers, advanced bullet trains, countless VR experiences, a life sized robot from a popular mecha series and even an underground farm. Embark on a private and personalized walking tour to explore this stunning and sprawling capital that will make travelers feel like they’ve been transported into the future.
Where to stay: Take in the city sights at Park Hotel Tokyo. This hotel is chic and contemporary, with luxury amenities throughout. For travelers that love art, this hotel is a must, as an entire floor is devoted to showcasing the latest contemporary Japanese artists, with a variety of exhibitions on display throughout the year. Local landmarks including Hamarikyu Gardens and the Ginza shopping area are just a stone's throw away.
Not only is the cosmopolitan city of Dubai full of ultra-modern skyscrapers, including the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, it’s also home to the fascinating artificial archipelagos. Travelers to Dubai will feel as if they’ve traveled into the future as they take in all the incredible experiences that this city has to offer. Tour the city’s souks and treasures, visit one of the largest indoor aquariums or embark on an exhilarating desert safari tour. Whilst the futuristic fountain show at the Dubai Mall will not only make travelers forget that they are in a desert, but also in this century, Dubai has something for every time traveler.
Where to stay: Situated on its own island and boasting the accolade of being the world’s only 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah features ultra-luxurious suites overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Guests may arrive at the property by either one of the world's largest chauffeur-driven fleets of Rolls-Royce's or alternatively by a dedicated helicopter transfer service, which has featured in a variety of incredible stunts.
Fast-paced, densely-populated and neon-lit, Hong Kong has more than 1,200 skyscrapers, more than any other city on the planet, with lights reflected on Victoria Harbour and forest-covered mountains forming the backdrop. As well as being a global financial centre, Hong Kong is ahead of the curve in terms of technology – with fingerprint scanners and smart ID cards that allow locals to zoom through customs. With architecture and interior design influenced by Feng shui and modern technology, this city is truly unique.
Where to stay: Designed by famous local architects, the stylish Hotel ICON offers stunning harbour views in Tsim Sha Tsui East Kowloon, and a rooftop outdoor heated pool. The hotel’s modern rooms are decorated in dark colors and warm lighting to create a cozy atmosphere. A smartphone with unlimited data is also available in every room. The eco-conscious hotel features Asia’s largest indoor vertical garden and offers a stylish, yet eco-friendly arrival for guests with 100% electric transportation.
Clean, compact and compelling, Singapore seamlessly combines the best of Asia. While different cultures and cuisines live side by side in this dazzling destination, they still manage to maintain their own identity. Talking about forward thinking, Singapore is also home to the Supertree Grove, a series of massive tree-shaped structures that absorb heat, provide shade, collect rainwater and generate solar energy. Thanks to the city’s revolutionary and efficient public transport system, time travelers can explore Singapore fast and easily.
Where to stay: Set on the Orchard Road shopping district, the modern Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore is connected to the Tanglin Mall. The hotel staff includes two clever robots, Jeno and Jena, who have been recruited to help with room service. The robots are one meter high, can use the elevators and, thanks to their sensitive sensors, they can avoid any obstacles that appear in their path. Venture out to explore this bustling city on a vespa tour by night, and with local attractions including UNESCO heritage site, Botanical Gardens nearby there’s plenty to keep you occupied.
Known for its Wild West setting with gorgeous old saloons and classic wagon wheels, Tombstone is a place where time travelers will feel like they’ve stepped back in time. Stroll down East Allen Street to find most of the town’s famous attractions like the Bird Cage Theater and OK Corral, or book a western-themed sightseeing tour across Arizona’s three iconic sights.
Where to stay: The Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch is a rustic accommodation just a short drive from historic Tombstone and features comfortable themed rooms with Old West décor. Guests can enjoy a 3-course meal with homemade meatloaf, chicken dishes, fajitas, steak, ribs, and salmon at the nearby Schieffelin’s Restaurant.
The charming small city of Enkhuizen is located in the province of North Holland and is a scenic old harbour town with charming canals and houses. The open-air museum of Zuiderzeemuseum, a village frozen in time as it has more than one hundred authentic shops and houses that highlight the region’s history. Guests can wander around the picturesque streets to discover old workshops and experience the Holland of the past.
Where to stay: Set in a monumental building, the B&B De Makelaar Rijksmonument is a cozy stay located in the historic old town of Enkhuizen. Featuring a quaint garden and terrace, guests can enjoy this beautifully authentic building.
The fortified city of Sighisoara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s most beautiful medieval towns. Birthplace of Vlad Dracula, this little gem will make time travelers from the past feel right at home with its colorful historic houses, ancient churches, cobblestoned streets and beautiful towers. Don’t miss visiting the 14th century clock tower with a historic museum and a balcony to admire the lovely views.
Where to stay: Located in a historic building next to the inhabited medieval citadel of Sighişoara, Casa Savri features traditional Transylvanian Saxon architecture and décors. The property’s rooms and suites have vaulted ceilings, and traditional restored furnishing. Adding to the feeling of stepping back in time, guests will also love the brick walls and hardwood floors.
The historic Hahoe Folk Village is an ideal place to learn everything about the Korean traditions and cultural heritage. Home to characteristic tile-roofed houses, the village has preserved the ancient architectural styles and some of the houses are open to the public. To complete a trip back in time, don't forget to taste the regional specialties at one of the traditional restaurants near the village.
Where to stay: Located in Andong, a short walk from Andong Hahoe Folk Village, Okyeon Jeongsa offers traditional accommodations overlooking the garden. Guests can start their day with an Asian breakfast before going back in time to explore the village.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who plan to travel for business or leisure in the next 12-24 months. In total 24,055 respondents across 31 countries and territories were polled (including 501 from Argentina, 1003 from Australia, 500 from Belgium, 1001 from Brazil, 500 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1007 from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia, 508 from Denmark, 1002 from France, 1000 from Germany, 1005 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 502 from Israel, 1003 from Italy, 1002 from Japan, 500 from Mexico, 501 from The Netherlands, 501 from New Zealand, 500 from Peru, 1000 from Russia, 1005 from Singapore, 1002 from South Korea, 1002 from Spain, 501 from Sweden, 501 from Switzerland, 504 from Taiwan, 500 from Thailand, 1000 from the UK, 1002 from the US and 501 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in August 2021.