There are a lot of different types of people in the world. That's what makes life exciting, how different and somewhat individual we all are. When it really narrows down, though, it seems that we can generally put ourselves in one of two boxes. We are either introverted or extroverted. We're either really loud and outgoing people, or we're the type who would rather stay in. Some people are bits of both. This generally steers our lives, picks the activities we like and can even influence the vacations you decide on. If you're very shy and quiet, not one for parties, you're probably not going to pick a big club destination for your holiday. If you're kind of an introvert and extrovert, you might decide to go there depending on your mood.
That's why for this article we have covered all bases. We have destinations to suit literally everyone and keep reading to find out which is best for you. In this article, we will be listing the top 10 most secluded places in the world, perfect for introverts and those who are looking for a little peace and quiet. We will also be talking about the top 10 busiest places in the world, perfect for people who like to socialize and meet new friends on their holidays. These aren't just big social places, some of these places are literally the busiest. As in they have so many people it's nearly like playing Tetris to walk down the street. You might not believe some people could even last in these destinations for more than a day.
20 Secluded: Tristan da Cunha
Tristan da Cunha is a very small group of islands in the South Atlantic ocean. It is mainly the biggest island in the group, which is one of the most secluded destinations on Earth that you could visit. If you want to be the only person there, look no further than Tristan da Cunha.
It has just 251 full-time inhabitants, which means it has fewer people than the average high school. There's plenty of time and space to just roam around on your own. If you get seasick, give it a miss as you get to the island by boat.
19 Secluded: Cape York Peninsula, Australia
Australia doesn't seem like a place that doesn't have a lot of parties and socializing. It often has a vibe of busy nightlife, nice people and beaches. It turns out, there's a lot of parts of Australia that are virtually deserted, meaning a lot of nice places for introverts to vacation at.
Cape York Peninsula is in the northernmost point in Australia and is one of the most untouched areas of the country. If you're interested in exploring and seeing amazing views in the peace and quiet, Cape York is the area for you.
18 Overpopulated: Mong Kok District, Hong Kong
If you're super social and do well in big crowds, then the Mong Kok District in Hong Kong is the place for you. It is the busiest and most congested shopping district in Hong Kong, but it is popular for a good reason.
The whole area is filled with different goods and services, from clothing stores to delicious food stores. The whole atmosphere is busy and social. This is definitely not the place for you if you're claustrophobic or just not good with a lot of people. As Hong Kong is a popular tourist destination, the Mong Kok District is easy to get to.
17 Overpopulated: Oxford Street, London
London has been a popular place to travel for years. Whether it be because of the Royals, or The Beatles, millions of people visit London every year. A popular destination in town is Oxford Street. Over 500,000 people walk Oxford Street every single day.
The reason for its popularity is all the stores and cafes it offers. Although a lot of reviews talk about the many people, a lot of them praise all the shops Oxford Street has to offer. If you're a social butterfly, no doubt you could make a few friends by just walking along the street.
16 Secluded: Oymyakon, Russia
Russia is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth, despite the stigma that it's also one of the scariest. As it's generally just a big blizzard all the time, Russia has some of the most secluded destinations, including Oymyakon.
Oymyakon is literally the coldest town on Earth. Well, the coldest one that people still live in. According to data, about 500 people live there full time. With temperatures dropping to -67 degrees regularly, and there being 21 hours of darkness a day in winter, we're not sure we'd live there.
15 Secluded: Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Ittoqqortoormiit is a very small settlement in Greenland, and one of the smallest settlements on Earth. Its population is just 450 people which means you would definitely have a lot of time to yourself as a permanent resident.
It is a beautiful place and perfect for that secluded, tranquil holiday you're looking for. It's extremely secluded and we hope you're a good traveler because it takes a flight and a helicopter, or a boat ride to get to Ittoqqortoormiit. Organize efficiently because flights only go there twice a week.
14 Overpopulated: Times Square, New York
We couldn't have a list of busy tourist destinations without including Times Square. New York is probably the most popular film destination, as it's nearly the setting for every film nowadays. The most popular spot in New York is the iconic Times Square.
The famous intersection is filled with giant TV screens and advertisements and is often seen during films set in New York. It's estimated that around 355,000 people walk through per day. Annually, it gets around 50 million visitors.
13 Overpopulated: Santa Cruz del Islote, Columbia
Santa Cruz del Islote is a tiny island located in Columbia's San Bernado Archipelago. When we say tiny, we mean it, as the whole island is about the size of your average soccer field according to the BBC. The reason it's on the busy section of this list is that it is home to 1200 people.
Imagining 1200 people standing on a soccer field is a lot, but factor in the number of homes on the island. You can basically see the other side of the island from your window. That's what we call neighborly. We can't help but feel for those who live in the middle of the island.
12 Secluded: McMurdo Station, Antarctica
McMurdo Station isn't really a tourist destination, but it is still one of the most secluded inhabited places on Earth. Naturally, Antarctica being extremely cold and secluded, means it's not exactly a family place.
McMurdo Station is an American research center that has been on Antarctica for years. It's not a tourist place but the around 1000 workers live there during the summer and just 250 during the freezing winter conditions. There's a live camera that will always show you updated images of McMurdo Station.
11 Secluded: Kerguelen Islands
The Kerguelen Islands are so small and separated from civilization that they're also known as The Desolation Islands. That sounds so eerie that we would be nervous walking around the islands on our own at night.
The total of people who live on the island full-time is around 50 to 100, which are all French scientists, engineers, and researchers. If you're looking for a holiday with this must seclusion, plan well ahead as a ship is the only way to get there, and it only goes there four times a year.
10 Overpopulated: Swimming Pool, Tokyo Summerland, Japan
No matter how bad the summer heat gets, we could never swim in this pool. The wave pool at Tokyo Summerland in Japan is (clearly) their most popular attraction. With the population of Japan being 127 million, for such a small country, it's no surprise things get busy.
Growing up in Japan they wouldn't know any different, so going to your local swimming pool and needing to share every inch with a neighbor wouldn't be that intimidating. Being from a country where it's not like that, we would definitely find it hard to adjust.
9 Overpopulated: Qingdao Huiquan Beach, China
Like Japan, China has a large population. The largest population in the world, with the country reaching 1.4 Billion people. It makes sense that during summer the beaches would get pretty busy with people wanting to cool down.
What is so intense is sometimes Qingdao Huiqan Beach gets so busy you can't even see the sand, it's just bodies on bodies. We think this would have the opposite effect and have people overheating in the sun. Next time, definitely plan to stay in with the AC on.
8 Secluded: Alert, Nunavut, Canada
Generally, all of Canada is cold, that's just how it is. It's one of the largest countries in the world, which makes it no surprise that it has some of the most secluded areas on Earth. Alert in Nunavut is the northernmost secluded place in the world, with a record population of 62.
To visit Alert you will struggle as it's believed you can only get there by dog sled, and the nearest town is miles and miles and miles away. The military base they have there allows military personnel to fly there by aircraft, but obviously, civilians aren't allowed.
7 Secluded: Supai, Arizona
This one is a little different to the others, as it's not miles away from civilization. Supai is a hidden secluded destination in the Grand Canyon, so technically it has a lot of people around it, but not actually in Supai.
It is home to the people of the Havasupai Tribe, who have been in Supai since around 1300AD. This one is more a trip for the athletic, as it's an eight-mile hike down to Supai. There is a fun helicopter ride if you'd rather that. Its wonderful secret is a beautiful blue waterfall you can swim in. Remember to be respectful as Supai is the Havasupai Tribe's home.
6 Overpopulated: Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo
You might not know the Shibuya Crossing by name, but you have definitely seen it before. When YouTubers and Vloggers go to Japan it seems to be the main area they film in. That might be because it is the busiest intersection in the world, with nearly 1000 people being rumored to have crossed at the same time.
If you're interested in trying it out, make sure you're not weary of cars. Although we think it's probably safer as a pedestrian. We'd be scared as drivers because it would be pretty easy to hit someone. As many as 2,500 people cross every time the light changes. We can't imagine how many people that is a day!
5 Overpopulated: The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
We were talking about Hong Kong's Mong Kok District busy, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is the shopping capital. It is made up of over 60 streets and laneways and includes around 4,000 stores. With 22 entrances, it's pretty easy to find your way out. If you have no navigation skill whatsoever, we suggest taking a friend with you to shop.
Most reviews of the Grand Bazaar all say it's a wonderful experience that they'll definitely go back to. Although it's probably better in small doses, and not recommended for claustrophobic people or people who don't do too well in crowds.
4 Secluded: Longyearbyen, Norway
Longyearbyen is a small town in Spitsbergen on Norway's shared island Svalbard. It's already in a tiny place and Longyearbyen is even smaller. The cold conditions and polar bears don't stop the 2,100 residents from loving the town.
The stunning views of glaciers and snow-covered mountains are what makes Longyearbyen so beautiful. The restaurants and museums make the town a fantastic tourist destination. To get there, you must fly, and they have three weekly flights to get there. Fun (or not so fun) Fact: it's illegal to die there.
3 Secluded: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Tórshavn is the capital city of the Faroe Islands, which are a part of the Kingdom of Denmark. For such a small place, Tórshavn has a population of 21,000 people. Its stunning scenery and European classic style make it a wonderful vacation destination.
It's one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, and it makes for a truly relaxing holiday. When you stay at Tórshavn you get the simple farm life, with plenty of wonderful sights to see as well as nice restaurants and European culture. Luckily, travel to there is pretty regular.
2 Overpopulated: The Mall of America, Minnesota
We're not suggesting you should plan your family vacation to the Mall of American in Minnesota, but we are saying it should be a pit stop. The Mall of America is the largest shopping mall in America. It has over 520 stores and over 60 restaurants. So yes, it is like a vacation going here.
Basically, every review on TripAdvisor suggests you should save an entire day to cover as much of the mall as possible. We already know where we're planning our next shopping spree. Mall of America here we come.
1 Overpopulated: Moscow Metro, Russia
Russia is the largest country in the world, and it has one of the largest populations in the world with 143 million being recorded right now. One of the most populated areas of the country is its capital city, Moscow.
Naturally, it makes sense that a lot of people need to travel at the same time, but the Moscow Subway takes it to a dangerous level. How fittingly Russian. The Moscow Subway traffic jam isn't a build up of trains, but so many people on the platform we're nervous for whoever stands in front.