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6 Niche Vacations You Didn't Know Existed

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | July 20, 2015

6 Niche Vacations You Didn't Know Existed

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There is definitely a groove that some people get into when choosing vacations. They always go to somewhere warm, or they always like the beach. Maybe they only choose places with really good food, or they are just cruise people. As the expression goes “Different strokes for different folks." But if your particular vacation groove has worn down to a rut, here are a few strange, spectacular and off-beat vacations that might just be the thing to shake you out.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend

Every April, when Las Vegas weather is at its most comfortable, cool cats and kittens descend upon the Orleans Hotel and Casino and bring the entire Rockabilly lifestyle with them. Check out burlesque events, a bowling tournament, live music, a pool party, fashion show, and an amazing car show that is normally so big it takes up the whole events center parking lot. There are classes and workshops and even a tattoo parlor they bring in if you want a souvenir that last forever. The host hotel is already sold out for the weekend, but the festival has deals worked out with seven other hotels in the nearby area.

Gothic Cruise

Founded in 1989, the Gothic Cruise and Masquerade Ball started with only five couples and now draws over 230 people every year. They have music, autograph sessions, dance parties and more. In case you’re wondering what to wear, vampire, industrial, or gothic attire is allowed throughout the cruise but keep the club wear for the Club Goth at Sea during the late night.

MacMania 18

We all have a favorite Apple geek that has to buy all of the latest Apple products the day they debut and probably waited in line ten hours to get them. If you don’t know someone like that, then you are that person. Now that you know, here is a way for you to take it to the next level.

This December, join your fellow Apple Geeks on Macworld’s MacMania 18 Cruise.  Run by Insight Cruises, MacMania is thirteen days of speakers, classes, seminars, and so much more all devoted to the cult of Jobs.

Tulip Time Knitting Cruise

While we are on the cruise kick right now, why not get one that everyone can enjoy?  That is, everyone who is into flowers and/or knitting. The Tulip Time Knitting Cruise takes place during the spring in Holland, perfectly timed to catch all of the beautiful tulips in full bloom. In addition, you can spend time onboard doing a knit-along project with a well-known American designer. If knitting doesn’t work for you but the idea of crafting does, Craft Cruises puts on cruises for needlepoint, crocheting, handspinning, beading and many other crafts as well.


If you are the type of person that gets more into 50 Shades of Grey than 50 skeins of yarn, then this place may be for you. Monterey Stay and Play is located in Northern California and is a totally private S&M bed and breakfast. In fact, it is so private that they only book one couple (or group) at a time.

Breakfast is provided in the morning with your inn hosts, but don’t expect any intrusion from them the night before.  You check in, safety rules are discussed and you have the dungeon, bedroom and bathroom to yourself. Oh, and all the whips, chains and other accoutrements to go along with it.

Dream Pleasure Tours

For the couple who is maybe not into whips and chains but is looking for a little more adventure on their next vacation, Dream Pleasure Tours aims to please. Their customers are “lifestylers, nudists, exhibitionists, voyeurs, and people looking for something different.” They can book you on swinger and clothing optional cruises, clothing optional resorts and more.

Whether you have the desire to be crafty on your cruise or your desires run a little more NC-17, there are some interesting choices out there for you. The experience will certainly be a little different from the norm and give you something to write home about. Or maybe you just need to keep it between the two of you.


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