Bird phobias are real!
Over 12% of adults have a fear of birds. This fear can originate from having a negative experience with birds, such as being attacked.1 A person who develops this fear may want to find a destination that is bird free.
Having a relaxing time means you don’t want to worry about anything. Many destinations around the world have a large population of birds. They can be disruptive, make a mess and swoop over your head to steal your food.
1. The first bird free destination is Guam located in the region known as Micronesia. A few decades ago bird populations began to decline and no one on the island knew why. In the late 1980s, an ecologist deduced that the brown tree snake that was introduced to Guam in the 1940s and quickly spread across the island2, was eating the island’s birds. Now the island has very few bird species, making this vacation spot ideal.
2. The second bird free location, the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is an ideal place to avoid birds. The airport has extreme wildlife control to prevent bird strikes which decreases the bird population around the airport. The airport lounge is a comfortable area where passengers can take a break from flying3. Punta Cana International Airport has an outdoor pool just steps away from the runway. You can definitely enjoy your time there without worrying about birds.
3. The third destination is a waterpark. Tropical Islands close to Berlin, Germany4. The water park has mangroves with different animal species, but do not have flying birds. This makes it easier to stay relaxed, without worrying about birds flying over you.
- Healthline, 2019.Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/ornithophobia#symptoms
- The Conversation, 2017. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/guams-forests-are-being-slowly-killed-off-by-a-snake-83224
- The Telegraph, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/caribbean/dominican-republic/articles/punta-cana-new-airport-lounge-pool/
- Tropical Islands, 2019. Retrieved from https://www.tropical-islands.de/en/