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    Think you’re not afraid of ghosts? If you feel a shiver run down your spine, catch a glimpse of a hazy figure in the distance or see the eerie flicker of lights at one of these notoriously haunted spots – you might be singing a different tune. Take a trip (if you dare) to check out these spooky travel destinations:

    Chillingham Castle, England

    With a name like Chillingham Castle, it’s no surprise there’s been an abundance of ghosts and paranormal orbs seen on the property. Located in the northern corner of England, Chillingham is haunted by a childlike ghost called the blue boy and a terrifying castle worker named John Sage.

    The blue boy is regularly seen in the castle’s pink room or hovering above guests’ beds. He appears as a blue hallow following a loud cry. Perhaps even scarier though, is the ghost of John Sage that has been seen wandering the halls late at night. John Sage was a torturer in the Chillingham Castle dungeon until he was hung on the castle property. Visitors often claim to hear him trudging through the hallways dragging bodies behind him.

    Winchester House, San Jose, California

    Its Victorian era peaks seem to stretch to eternity and its large, dark windows gape at passersby. But the supposedly haunted Winchester House, filled with hallways that end abruptly and walled off rooms, still manages to beckon visitors around Halloween each year.

    The year was 1884 when Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, began construction on the huge Winchester house at the recommendation of a medium she sought after the untimely deaths of her husband and only child. The medium encouraged building the house to ward off the spirits of all the souls that Winchester rifles had taken over the years. But there was one caveat: construction on the house must never cease, or the spirits would make sure Sarah met an untimely end.

    For years Sara had her builders continue their work on the house, constructing the maze-like residence full of twisting and turning hallways, dead-ends, secret panels, a window built into a floor, staircases leading to nowhere, doors that open to walls, upside-down columns, and rooms built, then intentionally closed off — all to ward off and confuse evil spirits. The construction continued until Sarah's death in 1922 but the spookiness of the house remains today as a tourist attraction.

    Castle of Bardi, Italy

    Much like the famous tragic lovers of Italy, Romeo and Juliet; the Castle of Bardi is home to another tragic story of young love – the story of Moroello and Soleste.

    Soleste was the daughter of the castle’s lord, and she fell in love with Moroello, the captain of the knights. During a long battle Soleste was watching the horizon waiting for her love to return when she saw riders galloping towards the castle. As the riders drew nearer she saw they were wearing enemy colors. Soleste thought this meant Moroello had been killed in battle. Distraught, Soleste flung herself off the castle tower. Sadly, the riders were in fact those of Moroello’s – just boasting about their win by wearing the enemy’s colors. When Moroello realized what had happened he was so distraught that he killed himself.

    Today, the ghost of Moroello haunts the grounds of the Castle of Bardi searching for his lost love.

    Rose Hall, Jamaica

    Annie Palmer married into wealth when she moved to Jamaica and lived with her husband at Rose Hall, a sugar plantation in Montego Bay. Little did her husband, John Rose Palmer, know that his young wife possessed black magic powers that would eventually lead to his demise.

    It is said that Annie was a cruel woman with a vicious mean streak. In her time at Rose Hall Annie did away with two more husbands and countless lovers. Soon Annie was known as ‘The White Witch of Jamaica’ with a reputation for ruthlessness.

    The story goes that one of the plantation workers was more powerful than Annie with voodoo magic and he battled it out with The White Witch both physically and magically. This worker was able to kill the witch but not without sacrificing himself. It was planned that The White Witch would be entombed in a specially prepared grave that was meant to keep her from rising and walking the plantation again. However, the plantation workers failed to fully complete the ritual and to this day the White Witch roams the Great House at Rose Hall.

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    Traveling with Pets

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    Family trips aren't the same if you don't have every member of the household along for the ride, and that includes pets. In fact, bringing cats or dogs along for vacation has become an increasingly popular option for travelers. Luckily, traveling with pets is surprisingly easier than you would expect.

    If you have a smaller pet, some airlines allow the pets to travel in the airplane cabin with you while larger pets may have to go in the cargo area. It may be easiest to call an airline directly or work with your travel agent if you plan to bring your pet along with; this way you can make sure you’re meeting all the guidelines of the airline and you won’t run into any surprises the day of your trip.

    Once you have your airline reservation meet with your vet to make sure your pet is up to date on all shots and that they are healthy for travel. Next, you’ll want to purchase a crate or carrier that will work for your pet on the trip. Many pet stores offer airline approved carriers.

    The most important thing to remember is to check the guidelines of the airline you’ll be flying, as guidelines can vary from one carrier to another. Once you’re all set, load up on treats and get ready to enjoy a fabulous vacation with your furry friend!

    Check out more travel tips and tricks here!

    Where in the World?

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    Where in the world can you find this creepy castle?

    This is Bran Castle and can be found in Romania. It was home to Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.


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