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Five Humorously Named Destinations Around the World to Celebrate April Fool’s Day

With April Fool’s Day on the horizon on April 1, people around the world can expect a lighthearted laugh on the annual day of jokes and pranks that tickles the whole world. To join in on the fun, we are sharing five humorously named destinations around the world to put a smile on travelers' faces, and maybe add a new hidden gem to their bucket list. Whether it’s superheroes craving a bit of action in Batman, Turkey, or adventurous risk taskers willing to see the best of Truth or Consequences in New Mexico, there’s a hilariously named destination out there to ensure travelers have a good laugh whilst on their next getaway. 

Batman, Turkey

Superhero lovers can head to the buzzing capital of Batman; a city in southeastern Turkey. Although famed for being an industrial hotspot, nothing beats the charm of this place than its name. Prior to the 1940s, this destination was an unassuming town, called Iluh, but as the oil industry began to boom, the name was changed to ‘Batman’, which in Turkish translates to ‘sunken’ as this region was famous for its floods. However, this city is not to be underestimated. With its rich historical and cultural significance, thanks to archaeological towns such as Hasankeyf, which houses numerous caves, mosques and ancient structures that have been inhabited for thousands of years. Alongside its rich history is this destination’s breathtaking natural beauty, which includes the beautiful Tigris River which flows through the Batman province, and was crucial in the development of ancient civilizations such as the Assyrians and Babylonians. Travelers looking to continue reveling in ancient history can take a two hour drive to explore neighboring Mardin, which boasts stunning medieval architecture that has been preserved from ancient civilisations, some of which are antique mansions and historic places of worship. With this All-inclusive Private Guided Tour of Mardin City ticket, there is the chance to also see the Mardin Museum and Grand Mosque of Mardin, along with the help of a knowledgeable tour guide.

Where to stay: The excitement doesn’t have to stop at Ramada Plaza By Wyndham Batman, with this property offering guests an array of self-care amenities such as a Turkish bath, which is the ultimate body cleanser and relaxer; an indoor pool for guests who fancy a swim, and a sauna. Guests are also able to enjoy a buffet breakfast at the property’s restaurant which offers a delicious selection of French, Greek and Italian cuisine. Afterwards, take a visit to the nearby Erzenia mall which is home to luxury stores, fine coffee shops and restaurants. With the onsite staff being well-versed in foreign languages, guests are in for a welcoming stay.

Morón, Argentina

West of the city of Buenos Aires lies Morón. Although in English, this term is used to describe a foolish or stupid person, in Spanish however, this means ‘a large stone or hill’, referring to the geographical component of the destination. This hidden gem is perfect for travelers looking to experience the vibrancy of an Argentine cultural city. Its mixture of urban and suburban scenery is ideal for those who want the best of both worlds; plenteous green spaces and parks to offer the calm when needed, and trendy cocktail bars known as ‘bodegas’ to give travelers the buzz needed on vacation. Additionally, travelers can visit the central square: Plaza San Martin, at the heart of Morón, and home to significant buildings such as the Municipality of Moron and the iconic Morón Cathedral, which is dripped in impressive history and architecture. Alternatively, there is the chance to explore nearby street markets selling impressive crafts, fresh produce, and rich flavors from Argentina.

Where to stay: The machado apartamentos moron is home to fully-equipped units featuring a private bathroom, well-resourced kitchen and a balcony; perfect for admiring breathtaking views of a vibrant city.

Wagga Wagga, Australia

Midway through Sydney and Melbourne, in New South Wales, lies the ninth largest inland city in Australia; Wagga Wagga. Interestingly enough, this destination’s double-barrelled name comes from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘many crows’, which was symbolic of the birds that would frequent the area. Home to beautiful scenery and unique wildlife such as the iconic Wagga Botanic Gardens, which houses native plants as well as a mini zoo with kangaroos, wallabies and emus, it’s an ideal destination for nature lovers and those who find the outdoors exciting. Travelers craving some further excitement can take a two-hour drive to Australia’s capital Canberra and enjoy a Canberra Scavenger Hunt Tour, where they’ll learn about the city’s history and culture, whilst answering trivia and solving interesting challenges.

Where to stay: Quality Hotel Rules Club Wagga will certainly have its guests ecstatic, thanks to its commitment to offering guests the utmost comfort: accessible rooms, secure parking spaces, coupled with its walking distance to landmarks such as the Wagga Wagga town center, which is home to the iconic Baylis Street, perfect for shopping and dining. 

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, United States

For travelers who love a spontaneous adventure regardless of the outcome, what better destination to dive into the deep end than at Truth or Consequences; a city in Southwestern New Mexico and home to gorgeous landscapes, mountain backdrops and serene beauty. Fun fact, its name was adopted in the 1950s after a famed radio show. With its suburban feel, variety of hot springs, and a beloved location for retirees, this destination is perfect for the reboot retreaters, looking to unwind from the hustle and bustle and embrace a slow-paced life. Whether it’s paying a visit to the Riverbend Hot Springs at the heart of town, where visitors can soak in mineral baths known for its healing properties or learn about this destination’s local history at Geronimo Springs Museum. Alternatively, adventure-seekers can take a two hour drive to Albuquerque, known as the ‘Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World’ thanks to its annual International Balloon Fiesta (October 5-13). Those seeking more thrills can experience this Ghost Walk through the old town, which will take visitors through the spookiest walk of their lives, whilst exploring the dark alleys of ancient Albuquerque, along with an expert guide who’s certain to recount the creepy stories of hauntings related to the city.

Where to stay: Guests can relax at the gorgeous Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa; whether it's enjoying a warm soak from this property’s hot spring bath, or having a good workout session at its fitness center. Afterwards, there is the chance to unwind in one of its air-conditioned rooms featuring a private bathroom, where guests can change into cozy bathrobes and enjoy a glass of wine.

Middelfart, Denmark

At the heart of central Denmark lies Middelfart, which translates to ‘middle’ in Danish, referencing its geographical feature. Besides its humorous name, not to be confused with a literal fart, this destination is great for travelers looking to enjoy wholesome activities such as whale watching at Little Belt Nature Park, known as Denmark’s largest marine nature park. With this destination boasting 117 km of coastline, travelers can explore cute galleries, town shops and places to eat, overlooking the waterfront. Its calm, cool and collected ambiance allows for travelers to embrace a slow-paced life and to truly step into vacation mode; whether it’s cracking a joke with loved ones on the Hindsgavl Peninsula overlooking its stunning slopes and beaches, or admiring scenic nature views at 65 meters off the ground at Old Little Belt Bridge. With 53%* of global travelers looking to see sustainability in action on vacation, this destination is ideal for mindful aesthetes, thanks to its ethical efforts such as prioritizing water quality and its stringent canals, which are great for preventing overflooding. Alternatively, those who fancy a thrill can take a two hour drive to the Danish capital of Copenhagen; a vibrant city home to colorful 17th-century townhouses, lively cafes and brunch spots. Thrill seekers will love a visit to  Tivoli Gardens, home to one of the world’s oldest wooden roller coasters, and known for its captivating rides and activities. In addition, travelers with kids have the chance to visit the iconic Little Mermaid statue, which is located at the Langelinie promenade and a beloved photo spot for visitors.

Where to stay: Enjoy a picturesque stay at Hindsgavl Slot; a fascinating waterfront castle ideal for those looking to get attuned with nature, thanks to its lush greenery and peaceful settings. Its mix of spacious rooms featuring classical and modern decor, as well as its in-house cafe serving dishes made from fresh ingredients picked from the property’s own herb garden, all of this makes for a comfortable and nourishing stay.

*Travel Predictions 2024 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, 27,730 respondents across 33 countries and territories were polled (including 1008 from Argentina, 1012 from Australia, 505 from Austria, 1001 from Belgium, 1002 from Brazil, 1009 from Canada, 1009 from China, 1002 from Colombia, 508 from Croatia, 504 from Denmark, 1011 from France, 1011 from Germany, 1016 from Hong Kong, 1004 from India, 510 from Ireland, 504 from Israel, 1014 from Italy, 1004 from Japan, 1009 from Mexico, 1014 from The Netherlands, 1015 from New Zealand, 500 from Portugal, 502 from Singapore, 1010 from South Korea, 1009 from Spain, 502 from Sweden, 507 from Switzerland, 504 from Taiwan, 1003 from Thailand, 502 from the UAE, 1007 from the UK, 1005 from the US and 1007 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in July 2023.