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Strangest Travel Phobias (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/24/2012 7:00 am

Disneyland's Space Mountain is infamous for long lines, but the only visitors it literally scares away are those who suffer from macrophobia, the fear of waits.

Everyone has some kind of phobia, whether they admit it or not. Some are common and understandable like arachnophobia (fear of spiders), or the fear of flying, which plagues 6.5 percent of Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

But other phobias...well, they're downright quirky. We've rounded up the strangest phobias that can be associated with travel and matched each with a challenge -- the place to avoid, or to visit only when ready to conquer that fear.

Read on for more places that can bring out the strangest phobias -- and where to face those fears.

-- Alix Strauss

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What It Is: Fear of needles or pointed objects.

Travel Challenge: The Space Needle in Seattle, which was built during the World's Fair in 1962, tops out at 605 feet high and weighs 9,550 tons.

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