The World’s 7 Luckiest Places to Visit

If you love travelling as much as we do, you probably think any day spent exploring new locations is a lucky one. But those looking to pack extra prosperity into their next getaway should check out the world’s 7 luckiest places to visit according to bgo.

# 1: Blarney Castle, Ireland

Built nearly 600 years ago, Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold located around five miles from Cork. It’s home to the Blarney Stone, a famous bluestone slab said to bless those who kiss it with the ‘gift of the gab’ and good luck in all matters of persuasion.

Millions have ascended the castle’s peak to touch their lips to the stone over the centuries, including Winston Churchill and Mick Jagger. Kissing the stone is no mean feat though, especially for those with a fear of heights. It involves dangling yourself over a gaping hole in the castle floor, some 37 feet above ground.

# 2: Hoover Dam, USA

At the entrance to the Hoover Dam in Nevada, you’ll find the Winged Figures of the Republic. These two guardian angel sculptures seen flanking a 142-foot flag pole were created in the 1930s by Oskar J.W. Hansen, a Norwegian-born Art Deco artist.

Rubbing the angels’ toes is rumoured to bring good fortune. With the casinos of Las Vegas only a one-hour drive away, it’s hardly surprising their toes have been rubbed smooth and golden by millions of gamblers looking for luck over the years.

# 3: Petrinja, Croatia

With its rolling hills and unspoiled forests of chestnut and beech, the Croatian town of Petrinja oozes rural charm. It’s yet to be discovered by mainstream tourism and boasts a population of just 15,400 residents.

No doubt the most famous local is Frano Selak, the world’s luckiest man. The retired music teacher cheated death 7 times, surviving plane crashes, train crashes, car accidents and fires, before winning the lottery in 2003. If you believe good luck rubs off, Petrinja should be high up on your list of places to visit.

# 4: Trevi Fountain, Italy

Standing at 85-feet tall and almost 65-feet wide, Trevi Fountain is the largest fountain in Rome. It’s also become known as one of the luckiest, thanks to a 1954 movie called Three Coins in the Fountain.

The movie started a tradition amongst tourists for throwing coins over their left shoulder and into the fountain, to bring them good luck in travel, love and marriage. Over €3,000 worth of coins are now tossed into the water every day. These get collected fortnightly, and donated to a Catholic charity set up to help Rome’s poor and homeless.

# 5: Père-Lachaise, France

One of the most visited statues in Père-Lachaise, the largest cemetery in Paris, is that of 19th century journalist Victor Noir. It has become a symbol of fertility for one very simple reason: the noticeable bulge in Noir’s trousers.

Thousands of women have taken to rubbing the statue’s crotch and lips to bring them luck in love and bearing children. In fact, in 2004, a fence was erected to protect Noir’s fast-eroding manhood from excessive rubbing. However, it was taken down just a few months later, due to noisy protests from Noir’s female admirers.

# 6: Manhattan, USA

The Charging Bull (or Wall Street Ball, as it’s sometimes known) arrived in Manhattan’s Financial District in 1989. It was a gift from Sicilian artist Arturo Di Modica, intended to inspire those who passed it with the fighting spirit needed to overcome the 1987 Black Monday stock market crash.  

It has since become one of the most photographed artworks in the city. But tourists aren’t content with just posing for snaps by the front end of the 7,100-pound sculpture. A rising number have started having their picture taken whilst rubbing the bull’s testicles for good luck.

# 7: Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Japan

Aspiring entrepreneurs should plan a trip to Fushimi Inari-Taisha. This 8th-century Shinto shrine set on Kyoto’s sacred Mount Inari is dedicated to the god of agriculture and industry.

Japanese business owners believe strongly in Inari’s powers to bless commercial ventures with good fortune. In fact, thousands have donated traditional torri gates to the shrine for luck. These gates now line the 233-metre long trails you can follow through the mountain’s wooded forests.

 

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