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Vacations come in many shapes and forms. Among the more unusual is the growing trend for cryptotourism, which the International Cryptozoology Museum estimates generates $140million annually in the US alone.

What, I hear you asking, is cryptotourism when it’s at home (or on vacation)? Simply, it’s people dedicating their vacations to the search for cryptids – creatures whose existence is yet to be proved by science. And it’s a surprisingly popular strand of the holiday industry, with some of the big hitters becoming integral to a country’s tourism income. Scotland, for example, rakes in around £60 million a year just from Loch Ness Monster tourism.

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