Wherever you may travel in the world, you're bound to hear about local folktales describing fantastical creatures that roam the countryside - some harmless while others its best for travellers to avoid.
Whether these mythical creatures are real or not, you'll still discover fascinating destinations in the search where you don't have to look hard to see the magic.
Everyone is familiar with the feared tokoloshe, but South Africa has other magical creatures around that can control the weather. At the base of Howick Falls in KwaZulu-Natal, the Inkanyamba has made its home - a huge serpent with a horse-like head, and in summer it's said to cause the seasonal storms.
The impundulu, or lightning bird, is more ominous however, feasting on blood and able to conjure storms with just a flap of its wings for its witch companions.
The US has some of the most diverse tourist offerings in the world, but you can tap into your inner explorer and take on the forests of the Pacific Northwest - home to the elusive Bigfoot.
Besides blurry photos and supposed footprints, no concrete proof has been found of the hairy giant, but you can't prove it doesn't exist either.
Japan is both modern and traditional, and if you're more interested in Asian serenity head off to the rivers and lakes of Saga Prefecture Found in the north-west of Kyushu - but beware the child-stealing Kappa.
This slimy, reptilian-looking water imp is a fast swimmer and has a water-filled membrane on top of its head that it needs to survive outside the waters it inhabits.
From stunning palaces like the Forbidden City to the iconic Great Wall to the scenic hillside of Guilin, China can be quite a magical place to check out. If you happen to land there when a prominent figure passes away though, you might be able to catch a glimpse of one the rarest mythical creatures in the world.
The qilin - a chimaera-like creature deemed as the original unicorn - only appears to usher in or out a person of great importance. It's a gentle creature that floats above the ground so that it does not trample those underneath its big hooves.
The Welsh landscape is quite legendary, as well as its unpredictable weather, and if you travel north to Snowdonia, you might stumble upon a sleeping dragon amongst its lakes and mountains - the highest in the country.
A king once tried to build a castle at Dinas Emrys that kept falling down, but on the advice of a wizard called Merlin his followers dug down into a secret lake where they found two sleeping dragons. After waking up they battled each other until one was defeated and the other went back to sleep. Evidence of the lake and the castle has been found in real life.
Ireland isn't only known for their Guinness - the European country is filled with folklore dating back centuries, where giants and leprechaun tricksters once, and may still do, roam.
A UNESCO site in Antrim, Northern Ireland, is pocked by strange rock formations said to be created during a battle between the giant Finn McCool and an invading Scottish giant. In rural Ireland, you may also meet up with a wily leprechaun said to give wishes if you catch it, but they're more likely to fool you with a trick or two.
A walking adventure is the best way to see the cool mountains of Sweden, but in these breath-taking landscapes, a dim-witted troll may be hiding underneath a bridge somewhere.
In the wilds of Sweden's Lapland - where you can view the Northern Lights - it's better to steer clear from trolls who are not big fans of humans, but when the sun is shining they'll be hidden away, scared of turning to stone.
Beyond the typical Bali holidays, Indonesia has over 17 000 islands worth a visit, and Seram in the Maluku province is one of the most underrated spots where you can discover a diversity of Indonesian wildlife.
The indigenous peoples like the Nuaulu however warn parents to keep a watch on the skies for the orang-bati - a bat-like creature that's made its home in Mount Kairatu and has an appetite for small children.
Although Puerto Rico is still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, many of its beaches, forests and resorts are tourist-ready for those who want to support a community extremely dependent on the industry.
While you are guided through the island's interior, the diminished forest cover may let you spot the mischievous chupacabra - a creature harmless to humans but is reviled for its taste for the blood of livestock, especially goats.