1. Kolmanskop, Namibia
Before you enter this abandoned mining town in the Namib desert, you'll need to stop in nearby Luderitz for a permit -- a holdover from the days when Kolmanskop was a free-for-all for diamond hunters. The town was at its heyday in the 1920s but abandoned in 1956. It has since been partly restored.
2. Fatehpur Sikri, India
3. Oatman, Arizona, United States
Of the Arizona ghost towns, quirky Oatman has to be among IgoUgo members' favourite. It's here where wild burros roam the streets and $60,000 bills decorate the walls of the local hotel, where, incidentally, Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spent their wedding night.
4. Deception Island, Antarctica
A regular stop on Antarctic sailings, Deception Island was a popular place for scientific outposts until several volcanic eruptions destroyed the bases in the 1960s. Today you can see their remains, plus swim in hot springs.
5. Rhyolite, Nevada, United States
Gold was discovered here in 1904, and within 16 years, the town had thrived and fallen into disrepair. Today the most complete building in town is constructed of 30,000 beer bottles and the only residents -- besides those in the ghostly Last Supper art piece -- are the slithering, crawling variety.
6. Arltunga, Australia
7. Grafton, Utah, United States
8. Stromness, South Georgia Island
9. Great Blasket Island, Ireland
10. South Pass City, Wyoming, United States
A ghost town with the illustrious distinction of being the birthplace of women's suffrage in the United States, South Pass City has seen a recent return to semi-glory. Restoration has been done with such authenticity and attention to detail that every one of the 30 historical buildings, containing over 30,000 mostly original artefacts, is a delight to enter and explore.