Pretend To Be a Time Traveler Day is celebrated around the world on 8 December, a fun day that encourages people to pretend to be a time traveler, either from the past or from the future, for the day. From futuristic capitals with dazzling neon lights to small charming villages frozen in time, there is a destination for every kind of time traveler.
1. Hahoe Folk Village, South Korea
The historic Hahoe Folk Village is an ideal place to learn everything about the Korean traditions and cultural heritage. Home to characteristic tile-roofed houses, the village has preserved the ancient architectural styles and some of the houses are open to the public. To complete a travel back in time don’t forget to taste the regional specialties at one of the traditional restaurants near the village.
Where to stay: Located in Andong, a short walk from Andong Hahoe Folk Village, Okyeon Jeongsa (https://www.booking.com/hotel/kr/ogyeonjeongsa.html) offers traditional accommodations overlooking the garden. Guests can start their day with an Asian breakfast before going back in time to explore the village.
Clean, compact and compelling, Singapore seamlessly combines the best of Asia. While different cultures and cuisines live side by side in this dazzling destination, they still manage to maintaining their own identity. Talking about forward thinking, Singapore is also home to the Supertree Grove, a series of massive tree-shaped structures that absorb heat, provide shade, collect rainwater and generate solar energy. Thanks to the city’s revolutionary and efficient public transport system, time travelers can explore Singapore fast and easy.
Where to stay: Set on the Orchard Road shopping district, the modern Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore (https://www.booking.com/hotel/sg/traders-singapore.en-gb.html) is connected to the Tanglin Mall. The hotel staff includes two clever robots, Jeno and Jena, who have been recruited to help with room service. The robots are one meter high, can use the elevators and, thanks to their sensitive sensors, they can avoid any obstacles that appear in their path.
3. Tombstone, Arizona, USA
Known for its Wild West setting with gorgeous old saloons and classic wagon wheels, Tombstone is a place where time travelers will feel like they’ve stepped back in time. Stroll down the East Allen Street to find most of the town’s famous attractions like the Bird Cage Theater and OK Corral, or book a tour at the former silver mine where you will have to move through twisting passages.
Where to stay: The Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch (https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/tombstone-monument-guest-ranch.en-gb.html) is a rustic accommodation just a 10 minute drive from historic Tombstone and features comfortable themed rooms with Old West décor. Guests can enjoy a 3-course meal with homemade meatloaf, chicken dishes, fajitas, steak, ribs, and salmon at the nearby Schieffelin’s Restaurant.
4. Enkhuizen, the Netherlands
The charming small city of Enkhuizen is located in the province of North Holland and is a scenic old harbour town with charming canals and houses. The open-air museum of Zuiderzeemuseum a village frozen in time as it has more than one hundred authentic shops and houses that highlight the region’s history. Guests can wander around the picturesque streets to discover old workshops and experience the Holland of the past.
Where to stay: Set in a former school, De Oude HBS (https://www.booking.com/hotel/nl/de-oude-hbs.en-gb.html), which translates into the old school offering secondary education, offers refurbished and modern apartments overlooking a historical church. The property is near Enkhuizen train station and just a short walk away from the Zuiderzeemuseum, historical gateway Drommedaris, a former defense structure, and the relaxing harbor.
5. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is a vast, teeming metropolis nestled between mountains and Tokyo Bay. Neon lights, cutting-edge technology and state of the art innovation have transform the city into one of the most futuristic places in the world. Home to stunning skyscrapers, advanced bullet trains, countless VR experiences and an actual robot restaurant, exploring this stunning and sprawling capital will make travelers feel like they’ve traveled into the future.
Where to stay: At Henna Hotel Maihama Tokyo Bay (https://www.booking.com/hotel/jp/henna-hotel-maihama.en-gb.html) dinosaur robots are waiting to welcome guests at the reception and help with the check-in. These mechanical robots are capable of helping guests in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. What’s more is each room also features a little robot, which is there to help with controlling all the appliances of the room. During your stay, don’t forget to admire the huge fish tank with robotic fishes, located at the lobby area near the trash can robot.
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