Our Weird World: Why Weird Travel is So Much More Fulfilling than Regular Travel

Why do we constantly find ourselves following the trail of the unusual or the bizarre? The world is weird, and I can’t help but love our home planet even more because of that. Our weird world is a treasure, in my opinion, because it is weird! Of course, different people have different focus and get fulfillment in different ways out of travel, but something I’ve found in the last decade of being an avid traveler, most people love weird travel way more than they let on. It’s taboo to speak about, but once I start bringing up strange places and the unusual, almost every person around me jumps excitedly into the conversation. It’s important to note that what might be considered “weird travel” to one person could be different for the next person. However, I think we all have a very specific picture that comes to mind that is personalized to us when we say “weird travel”, and it’s become a sensation, one that is much more satisfying to most than conventional travel.

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I have a great example to provide here before we move onto our list of reasons. I was on a press trip in Bremen, Germany when I heard about these bizarre mummies that had been naturally mummified by the lead in a cellar of a church. I began pushing to see them, as I always want to see the most bizarre things found in an area. Of course, other journalists with me heard me speak about them, and then they were pushing and prodding to go, as well. Everyone started talking about these strange mummies after I had the curiosity to bring them up and pursue a visit. The same thing happened on a trip to Mexico as I visited the Mummies of Guajanuato. I have seen time and time again how quickly my pursuit to find bizarre places snowballs into something much bigger as others begin to tag along in my search. People love the unusual! But why? Well, here are a few reasons why I believe some people may find weird travel more fulfilling than conventional travel.

Exploring the Unknown of this Weird World

I’ve found that we tend to be terrified of the unknown. In life, when we don’t understand something, our instincts keep us away from it to protect ourselves. It’s a base instinct. However, when we step outside the parameters of our regular life and head into unfamiliar territory, somehow, since we’re already in the unknown, it becomes easier to explore it. Immersing yourself in unconventional activities and cultures provides uniqueness and excitement that we may be lacking in our regular lives. Therefore, it’s somehow more fun and safe to explore the unknown and the weird world around us when we’re already out of our comfort zones.

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Personal Growth in this Weird World

As you step outside of your comfort zone and into the weird world around us, as you start to truly see it for what it is and the uniqueness it offers, you can begin to experience true personal growth. Facing unfamiliar situations, meeting people with different perspectives, and overcoming challenges can contribute to personal growth and self-discovery. I feel I am a much better and different person because of my strange travels throughout this weird world.

Exciting and Memorable Tales

One of the main reasons I love weird travel well over conventional travel is because the more bizarre the adventure, the better the story it makes later. I love sharing the bizarre tales of my adventures to people as they look on with wide eyes in disbelief. I’m a storyteller, after all, and embracing our weird world and its strange places and unique locations makes for the best story you could tell.

Connection with Locals

Unconventional travel experiences may lead to more authentic interactions with locals. By exploring less-traveled paths, individuals may have the opportunity to connect with people in a more genuine way, fostering a deeper understanding of the local culture.

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Escape from Your Daily Routine

Finally, as mentioned a bit above, traveling this weird world and experiencing the more unconventional things it has to offer makes for a great escape from your daily routine. It puts you out of your comfort zone, and you get to live a different life in a different place for a time. Instead of relaxing in the same old beaches, you can have your own grand adventure that’s nothing like what your daily life would look like. It gets you to experience something new and truly wonderful. You get to truly enjoy this weird world and experience different ways to life.

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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