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Described as a ‘compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica’, Atlas Obscura is a wonderful website which has the goal of cataloguing ‘bizarre, fantastic and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist’.

Ever heard of the Tajikistan tearoom in Berlin? Or China’s Harbin Ice and Snow festival? Perhaps the Death Road of Bolivia is more up your street? The content is neatly arranged by continents and country, and if you know of a worthy addition, you can even add it to the Atlas yourself.

From the Firefly Squid of Toyama Bay, Japan to Coober Pedy – a mining town in South Australia where people live, work and shop underground – armchair travellers can happily spend hours browsing this collection of wonderfully weird places.

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