There are countless sites to see when traveling --- some are historical sites, others have become pop culture phenomena, and others, still, are filled with myths. In the case of the stories behind the destination, TripTogether has noticed large interest among members to connect with locals in areas of historical significance to learn more about myths and legends during travel.
Our friends at TripTogether, the social platform enabling travelers to connect with travel buddies or locals around the world, compiled a list of the top travel myths and legends from its members--- sites that today's visitor should take the time to experience. Click through below to see all 5!
6 biggest travel myths and legends
The 5 biggest travel myths and legends around the world
There is, perhaps, no place more romantic than the city of the most famous lovers in history --- Romeo and Juliet. The balcony of Juliet’s house became a tourist attraction, especially for lovers. The balcony overlooks a small courtyard which is often full of young lovers, kissing under the balcony and taking photos of Juliet’s statue. The walls are adorned with graffiti and love messages. Tradition says that everyone who visits the house should leave something for Juliet, so the house is packed with love notes, small jewelry and more. The legend is that by writing on the walls known as “Juliet’s walls,” the visitor will have everlasting love. Whether traveling with a new travel companion or visiting with a TripTogether local member, the House of Juliet should certainly be a local worth exploring.
The folklore of the Loch Ness Monster began in 1933 and has been a travel myth ever since. Locals have said that visitors to Scotland visit the sight to search for this legendary creature. While some locals have noticed visions in the waters, it’s the thrill of the search that adds to the fun and excitement.
A 15th century gothic house with three bricked over windows sits in the city of Kotor, Montenegro. Legend has it that three beautiful sisters would look at the sea and pray for the safe return of their beloved, as all were in love with the same one man. The young man, a captain named Janko, couldn’t decide which sister to marry, so he embarked on a long sail to clear his mind and make his choice. He told the sisters that the one who waited for him the longest would become his bride.
The sisters waited patiently at their own window. Years went by. The sisters were getting older. When the first sister passed away, the other two decided to brick over her window so that Janko knows that one is not waiting any longer. The second sister dies and the youngest bricks over her window. When the youngest passed away, there was no one to brick over her window, so it remained open. Janko never returned and was lost forever.
TripTogether.com members have specifically enjoyed visiting this part of the Kotar Bay to enjoy the beautiful scenery and make a wish for love.
Native Americans have considered the arid deserts of Sedona, Arizona sacred spots for healing and worship. This believe stems from the original Pilgrims who searched for spiritual and physical healing. They journeyed to the Southwest to consult with shamans on a variety of matters --- mostly to find answers in the energies of the desert. Today, TripTogether members visit Sedona to take part in retreats to learn New Age ways to harness the powers into daily health and well-being. The scenery is simply spectacular.
A sacred sight built by the Incas in 1490, Machu Picchu offers more than 200 buildings, temples, houses, pathways, fountains and altars all cut from grey granite from the mountain top. Myth has it that the sight could have been built for astronomical observations having to do with the two equinoxes and other celestial events --- the stone being a gateway to a spiritual world. Whether hiking the pyramids of Machu Picchu or taking photographs, TripTogether.com members know that this is a travelers dream location.