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
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. See More Strange Travel Phobias Photo: Courtesy of the Space Needle
What It Is: Fear of wild animals. Travel Challenge: Tanzania's Tarangire National Park has one of the densest concentrations of freely roaming wildlife. Look out for zebras, wildebeests, hartebeests and, oh yeah, herds of elephants that gather 300 deep. See More Strange Travel Phobias Photo: EmmePi Stock Images / Alamy
What It Is: Fear of extreme cold. Travel Challenge: Lapland's IceHotel has been thriving on cold weather since 1989. The world's first hotel made of ice has 40 rooms, a bar and a church, all constructed from 45,000 tons of the frozen stuff. See More Strange Travel Phobias Photo: Leif Milling
What It Is: Fear of long words. Travel Challenge: Krung thep mahanakhon bovorn ratanakosin mahintharayutthaya mahadilok pop noparatratchathani burirom udomratchanivetmahasathan amornpiman avatarnsathit sakkathattiyavisnukarmprasit, the 167-letter formal name for the city of Bangkok, making it the longest name in the world. See More Strange Travel Phobias Photo: Joseph Younis
What It Is: Fear of long waits. Travel Challenge: Space Mountain has the longest line in Disneyland, but roller-coaster fanatics rarely mind the two-hour-plus wait. See More Strange Travel Phobias Photo: Joel Quirk
What It Is: Fear of the sun. Travel Challenge: Yuma, AZ, which averages 11 hours of sun a day and 4,000 hours of sunshine yearly -- just the kind of weather most other travelers hope for. See More Strange Travel Phobias Photo: Purestock / Alamy
What It Is: Fear of lakes. Travel Challenge: Migis Lodge, on the 3,500-foot shoreline of Sebago Lake in southern Maine. The lake is 350 feet at its deepest; it measures 8 miles wide and 10 miles long. See More Strange Travel Phobias Photo: Luscious Frames / Alamy
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