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One of my annual New Year’s traditions is to make a resolution to travel more and then totally not travel more. The world is full of amazing sights, strange events and even stranger people, and if my couch wasn’t so darned comfy I’m sure I’d spend more time exploring them. Fortunately for me, I can live vicariously through websites like Wicked and Weird Around the World, a travel website for people who like to get off the beaten path—way off.
The creation of a totally normal-seeming young writer and filmmaker named Cat Mills, Wicked and Weird seeks out bizarre festivals, attractions and competitions in far-flung corners of the globe, like cow-racing in Australia, the World Gurning Championships in Egremont, England and the one that really caught our eye, the absolutely bananas-looking Rijeka Carnival in Croatia, at which a bunch of people dressed up like lobsters is pretty much business as usual. In addition to conveniently sorting all her discoveries by country, Cat also produces and stars in a web series chronicling her own travels to some of the weirdest and wickedest events, like the Toe Wrestling World Championships—which, in addition to being completely ridiculous, also looks like the most painful form of wrestling ever invented.
Wicked and Weird only occasionally covers music-related events (like the annual World’s Fastest Drummer competition), but if you’re a fan of weird culture in general, it’s definitely worth a look-see. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel to keep tabs on upcoming web series episodes. Here’s a trailer of past and future highlights (including that painful-looking toe wrestling).