As we all know, there are as many different kinds of travellers as there are destinations to travel to. Some of us like to see the world from the lap of luxury, on the most decadent cruises or in the finest hotels. Those of us whose bank balances don’t rival that of Kanye West can’t usually take that route, but we make it work.

Whether you’re in a five-star resort or you’re living out of your backpack, you’re enriching your life in all sorts of ways. This is the great joy of traveling. It is what you make of it, and it’s always beneficial.

We all know all of this, though. With the advent of the Internet, eager travellers can effortlessly arrange cheaper trips from the comfort of their couches, and then share their experiences with other enthusiasts from around the world (again, from the comfort of their couches).

As such, the travel and tourism industry is growing exponentially. Which this is a super positive thing, seasoned travellers may start to get that feeling that they’ve seen everything.

Which is where this rundown comes in. Maybe you’ve visited the Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls and taken one of those cheesy holding-up-the-tower shots in Pisa. But have you added to the gum-laden walls of Bubblegum Alley? Have you visited the obscure-yet-brilliant Avanos Hair Museum? Or Canada’s Spotted Lake?

Here are twenty outlandish suggestions for tourist attractions, activities and sports that are totally off the beaten track. You thought you’d seen everything? Until you’ve rolled a gigantic cheese down a hill, you haven’t even started.

19 Now That’s A Cheesy Idea - Cheese Rolling in Gloucester, England

We’re going to kick this party off the right way, with that gigantic cheese wheel I promised you in the intro there. Buckle up for England's noble tradition of cheese rolling.

That’s right. Every year in Gloucester, England, Cooper’s Hill is the stage for a most peculiar race. As The Guardian reports, the event usually sees participants chase an 8lb piece of Double Gloucester 200 meters down the vast hill. Health and safety concerns have scuppered the practice over the years, but some traditions are just far too brilliantly ridiculous to be stopped and went ahead anyway on the down-low.

This peculiar affair actually has international fans, who travel to this remote area of England to participate.

18 The Oldest And Noblest Of Scottish Traditions - Caber Tossing

For much of the rest of the world, Scottish language and traditions are a bit of mystery. If you’re not down with the history of the British Isles, you tend to piece together whatever you can from movies like Braveheart and have done with it. Frankly, Mel Gibson prancing around in a wig isn’t the most accurate frame of reference you could’ve plumped for.

The best way to get an authentic experience is just to dive right in there and see what this caber tossing thing is all about. Quite clearly, it’s not for everybody, but as BarBend put it, it’s a noble and surprisingly graceful strength sport. If that’s something you have any kind of interest in, you owe it to yourself to give it a go at least once.

17 You Know What They Say About Beauty - Doll Island, Mexico

Now, granted, this one’s a bit of a curveball and no mistake. That’s exactly the point, though. Let’s all open our minds and take a trip over to the Mexico City area, where the Isla de las Muñecas holds a sobering yet beautiful secret.

The Island of the Dolls is a place that will instantly fill some with dread, true enough. It’s so named for the many, many dilapidated dolls in residence. They were supposedly placed there by the small island’s caretaker at first, before visitors started bringing their own and adding to the legend.

A visit to the Isla de las Muñecas might not be glamorous or popular, but sometimes that’s the biggest selling point of all.

16 I’m Not Here To Kick Anything, Just Chew Bubblegum - Bubblegum alley, California

In a vast, proud country like the United States, the big tourist attractions speak for themselves. The Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle, the Grand Canyon, Central Park… when it comes to big ticket items, you’ve got no end of fantastic choices when you visit the US.

Naturally, of course, there are all manner of more unconventional choices too. In San Luis Obispo, California, the intriguingly odd Bubblegum Alley is found. This otherwise innocuous stretch of alley (about 70ft long) is a place where visitors come to add their own chewed gum to the great mass that adorns the walls.

This tradition has been going on for decades, and while it’s a little grim, it’s certainly something for the more unique bucket list.

15 Feeling A Little… Sheepish? - Tirau, New Zealand

Many of the world’s most beautiful and iconic landmarks are man-made. From the pyramids of Ancient Egypt to the UAE’s Burj Khalifa (the current tallest building in the world, at 2,722ft), our best architects and engineers are able to rival some of the wonders that nature itself has to offer.

As I say, we all know about the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and suchlike. If they’re not on your bucket list, it’s because you’ve already visited. If that’s the case, then, how about a trip to New Zealand for an entirely different sort of building?

Somewhere in the quiet, unassuming town of Tirau, you’ll come across an enormous dog, sheep and ram, made from corrugated iron. Inside the dog is the visitor’s information centre, while the sheep houses a craft/wool shop.

Corrugated iron buildings are common across the country, and this odd menagerie is among the more interesting off-the-beaten-track sights around.

14 How Big Are Your Shirts? - High Point, North Carolina

Now, if there’s one thing that the whole world knows about the United States, it’s that they are not a people to do anything by halves. This proud and noble nation strive to exceed, to excel, to achieve just because they can.

This way of thinking leads to all kinds of successes in all kinds of fields, naturally. It also leads to the world’s largest chest of drawers. Oh yes indeed.

If you’re new to North Carolina, this probably isn’t one of the things you’re visiting for. Nevertheless, High Point is known as the Furniture Capital of the World, so why not commemorate that with a 36-feet-tall chest of drawers? If you’re looking for an unconventional vacation photograph, this is one for you.

13 Reclaimed By The Sands - Kolmanskop, Namibia

I’ve already touched on the whole humankind-competing-with-nature thing, but the trouble with that is… it’s a losing battle. Mother Nature might humour us for a while, but eventually she’s going to land on us like a sumo wrestler jumping from a tenth-storey window on to a grape.

Over in Namibia, for instance, lies a town that is gradually being reclaimed by the Namib Desert. Kolmanskop was once a bustling town, after an extensive diamond deposit was discovered in the area. This was in the early twentieth century, and the once-decadent area is completely abandoned today. Travelers in the know still visit, though, to take in the town’s tragic beauty and still, silent atmosphere. Maybe you should take a tour?

12 (Not) The Most Beautiful Sight In Paris - Paris Sewer Museum

So, what can I say about Paris that hasn’t already been said umpteen times? The capital of France is world-renowned as one of the most romantic, historically significant and just downright beautiful cities the planet has to offer.

The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Musée d'Orsay, so many more besides… Paris is a treasure trove of breath-taking sights and cultural wonders. But what if you’re in the city for something a little different to every other tourist?

If that’s the case, the slightly less conventional Paris Sewer Museum may be more your speed. It’s located near the Pont de l’Alma, and gives you all you could ever want to know (and so much extra, presumably) about the city’s sewer system and water treatment methods. It’s currently closed for renovation, but be sure to check back in the future if you think you’ve seen all the wonders Paris has to offer.

11 Now THIS Is A Museum - MUSA Mexico

Now, of course, people’s preferences for must-see sights at a given place are going to differ wildly. Sure, there are the usual cultural hotspots, the museums and galleries and the like, but these sorts of things just aren’t to everybody’s taste. It’s the same for historical ruins and monuments.

However you’re traveling and whatever you’re traveling to see, that’s just a-okay. Even if you think you’re not an artsy person, though, Mexico’s underwater museum is a sight that just demands attention.

As the official site reports, the MUSA Mexico (Museo Subacuático de Arte) is largely the work of British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. Just off the coast of Cancun, it’s a permanent underwater structure home to over 500 glorious sculptures.

10 Oh, Well Spotted - Spotted Lake, Canada

For the next stop on our tour of super unusual things to do, see and visit around the world, we’re heading way up north to Canada. The country is, of course, known for its vast abundance of natural beauty and open spaces, but there’s one phenomenon you may never have heard of: the mysterious Spotted Lake.

It’s found in the eastern region of the Similkameen Valley, British Columbia. The characteristic spots are formed by the mineral deposits, which are so rich that the lake has been regarded as a sacred, healing place by some. Public access is restricted as a result, but many curious people stop to view the intriguing lake from a distance. No unconventional tour of Canada is complete without it.

9 New Zealand’s Real(ly Steep) Tourist Hotspot

From one world-renowned land of natural beauty to another, next we’re stopping off in New Zealand. This noble land of huge, corrugated iron sheep has even more wonders to offer, as though that weren’t enough already.

Also in my drawer marked Wonders That Don’t Define New Zealand, But Totally Should, we’ve got a most unusual record. Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, is ‘famous’ for being the steepest street in the world.

It’s a modest little place, only 350 metres or so long, but that slant only needs a few metres to make walkers lose their breath. At its steepest point, we’re talking about a gradient of about 35%. If you’re not mathematically-inclined, suffice to say that this makes for some very unusual photographs of houses.

8 See the world through Dino eyes - The Cabazon Dinosaurs, USA

So, yes. So many of us have visited California, and enjoyed all of those essential big-ticket sights. The Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Disneyland, Sea World…the list goes on and on and on. If you’ve got all of these glorious attractions under your belt and you’re still not satisfied, what else does California have to offer?

If you’re in the market for a more unconventional tourist attraction, the world’s biggest dinosaurs are for you. The Cabazon Dinosaurs are a roadside attraction in Cabazon (funnily enough), just west of Palm Springs. Dinny and Mr. Rex began construction by sculptor Claude Bell in the mid-sixties, as a way of attracting more patrons to his nearby restaurant.

There’s a gift shop inside Dinny’s stomach, and you can travel up through Mr. Rex’s body for an incredible view of the surrounding area. You can, and you totally should.

7 Rats, Rats Everywhere - Karni Mata Temple

Around the world, needless to say, stand millions of different temples of all shapes, sizes and types. These buildings often boast some of the finest architecture you’ll ever see. They’re one of the cornerstones of tourism, some of the first landmarks that visitors to a city or area will seek out.

You’ve got world-famous wonders like St. Paul’s Cathedral, and you’ve got more unusual temples like Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew (the Temple of a Million Bottles in Thailand, which the monks constructed solely from beer bottles).

The Karni Mata Temple (also known as the Temple of Rats) in Rajathstan, India is another unusual example. Here, the 25,000 resident rats are considered sacred, and fed and cared for in a similar fashion to the Tower of London’s ravens. For a temple visit with a difference, try and seek out the super rare and super sacred white rats.

6 On A Unicycle? Sure, Why Not?

If you’re an avid sports fan as well as a traveller, you may well have tried your hand at all sorts of outlandish sports and games. There are some traditional sports that are largely unheard of outside their home country, after all, which gives them a certain allure.

Soccer? Heck, we all know how that goes. Let’s get a little more eccentric, bust out our novelty vehicles and try unicycle hockey.

Now, I’m super uncoordinated, so I’ve nothing but respect for anyone who can perform well in this sport. It’s absolutely a real thing, and there are national leagues in Australia, Switzerland and Germany. Have you tried it? Of course you haven’t, but you should.

5 There’s A Theme Park WHERE? - Salina Turda

The thrillseekers among us will know that there are enough great theme parks on the planet to keep you traveling forever and a day. As with so many other areas, there are the classic bucket list ones, and then there are the fantastical curveballs.

So you’ve been to Alton Towers? Great, who hasn’t? You’ve checked out Disney’s classic Space Mountain? Awesome. That’s a little vanilla, though, don’t you think? If you’re a real theme park devotee, Salina Turda should be squarely in your sights.

This underground theme park in Romania is located in one of the world’s oldest salt mines. The vast, incomparable complex is 400ft below the surface, Business Insider reports, and is fully equipped with a ferris wheel and an underground lake to sail across.

4 Wait, Come Back! - cross-country Tywyn run 

If you’re a frequent commuter, you’ve no doubt witnessed many people playing ‘chase the train’ over the years. You know, dashing down the steps at the station, desperately prodding in vain at the button that opens the doors, walking away in disgust and cursing under their breath?

It happens all the time. Over in Wales, though, they’ve devised a far more fun version of Chase the Train, which you might actually want to jump on board with. It’s an annual cross-country run held at Tywyn, which sees competitors trying to beat a steam train to finish the Talylly Railway course (about 14 miles).

3 Don’t Worry, It’s Not A Real Tuna (Anymore) - Tuna Tossing World Championship

When you’re looking for something rare, intriguing and fascinating, Australia should really be your first port of call. The country is renowned for its unusual endemic species and bizarrely befuddling culture, and that extends to some of its sporting events.

Which country is the home of the Tuna Tossing World Championship? I’ll tell you which. Australia, that’s which.

It’s an event kind of similar to javelin, discus or caber-tossing, only… well, you’re throwing a tuna. When the event began in 1979, real (deceased) tuna were used, but competitors now throw a rubber tuna. If there’s ever been an event you’ve totally wanted to say that you were there for, the World Tuna Tossing Championship is it.

2 Now That’s A Hair-Raising Museum - Avanos Hair Museum, Turkey

Speaking as a proud Englishman and Londoner, I would say that the capital boasts some of the world’s most magnificent museums and galleries. I spent many happy childhood hours running through London’s vast and beautiful Natural History Museum, admiring the diplodocus cast (which was replaced by a blue whale skeleton in 2017, sadly) and thousands of other exhibits. Dinosaur nerd and history buff for life, friends.

That is a little mainstream, though, I must admit. We certainly don’t have anything like the Avanos Hair Museum around here. For that, you’ve got to travel to Turkey.

According to Atlas Obscura, this all began when a dear friend of the local potter was leaving. She gave him a lock of her hair for him to remember her by, which he hung in his shop. It’s like a super-cutesy version of Bubblegum Alley, but the net result was the same: over time, more and more hair has accumulated. Today, this is one of Turkey’s most unusual tourist spots.

1 It’s Soccer, Jim, But Not As We Know It - Bubble Soccer

For some around the world, soccer is another of those quaint British-isms. Granted, it’s the most popular sport in the world, but other countries have their own takes on what ‘football’ is, and they don’t take kindly to the insinuation. In the United States, for instance, football is an entirely different sport.

Maybe bubble soccer would be more America’s speed? This curious new game is essentially soccer, with each of the players encased in a zorb-like bubble. It’s… well, it’s utterly chaotic, as you can imagine. It’s also most certainly a real thing. There are small pockets of support breaking out for the sport all over the world, and if you’ve never tried it, you really, really should.

References: The Guardian, BarBend, Isla de las Muñ, Atlas Obscura, Visit NC, MUSA, Business Insider.