Some people seek out a lively atmosphere on holiday. Places filled with noise, lights, and people. Others seek solitude and isolation, and this is harder to find on our busy planet. However, there are still a number of locations that are so remote that they offer a feeling of space and freedom that recharges the batteries.
Islands are an obvious choice for finding a space that is away from it all. There are numerous islands dotted around the world and they offer a variety of landscapes and temperatures. Some offer basic facilities where visitors can go back to nature and live more like our ancestors. Others provide the most luxurious accommodations and are popular with celebrities that want to escape from prying eyes.
One of the benefits of choosing a remote destination is the abundance of natural wildlife. Animals and birds that are virtually unaware of human existence can be viewed in their natural environments.
Traditionally bleak locations such as deserts and arctic spaces are understandably sparsely populated. These places offer nuggets of habitation that give a truly wonderful sensation of space. Mingling with ancient cultures and traditions gives a real feeling of getting back to nature and being at one with the natural world, according to The Daily Mail.
25 Faroe Islands, Denmark
The Faroe Islands are part of Denmark but are actually between Iceland and Norway. There is an archipelago of islands that are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark and lies about 200 miles northwest of Scotland.
There are over 50,000 people who live in the Faroes, consisting of nearly 800 islands, but most inhabitants live on just 18 of them. There is one airport on the islands and helicopters offer transport between the smaller isles. There are several hotels on the islands and tourists go for the rugged landscape and sense of freedom that space and isolation provide suggests Visit Faroe Islands.
24 Foula, the Shetland Islands
Foula is a tiny island and forms part of the Shetland archipelago, and it’s one of the smallest islands with permanent inhabitants in the British Isles. It is possible to get a ferry to the island that only carries twelve passengers, or take a small plane. There is no airport as such, but there is an airstrip where small aircraft can land.
The landscape is essentially peat, and despite the scarcity of humans, there are around half a million birds living there. This gives Foula its name, which translates to Bird Island according to Shetland.
23 Stowe, Vermont
Stowe is a beautiful location, known primarily for its wonderful opportunities for skiing. Although it’s remote and small, it has a lovely community feel. Local food and homemade beers are available, and people are keen to draw you into the community life according to Stowe.
The scenery is stunning and wherever you look, there is a postcard scenery waiting to be captured. Stowe used to be a lumber camp, but today it is a year-round destination for those seeking a little peace, tranquillity, and beauty.
22 Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali is a mountain in the middle of this remote parkland. The landscape consists of snow-topped mountains and arctic tundra. There is a single road running through the park, and six million acres of open landscape to explore points out the NPS.
This is really a place to come and get away from it all. People are scarce, but animals are abundant. It is a place where the past is being preserved, and the land is free from modern pollutants and human damage.
21 Glenorchy, New Zealand
Although it is only forty-five minutes from Queensland, Glenorchy is a wilderness of hiking trails and beautiful scenery. Beech forests and mountains punctuate the horizon, and water features add to the stunning vistas according to Glenorchy Info Centre.
Glenorchy has been the setting for films looking for locations where there is no evidence of modern life. The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia films have used Glenorchy as a location. Actors from The Lord of the Rings trilogy said that the landscape was just as they imagined Middle Earth.
20 Sark, the Channel Islands
Sark is the second smallest of the Channel Islands, just off the coast of Northern France, but part of British territory. There is no transport to the island other than a ferry from Guernsey. Once on the island, there is no motor transport other than tractors.
Locals use horses or bicycles to get around the small isle. There are few shops, pubs or restaurants, but stunning scenery, deserted beaches and plenty of opportunities for spotting bird life and fishing, reminds Sark.co.
19 St. Helena
St. Helena is situated in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, which is 2,500 miles off the coast of Rio. It is known as being the island where Napoleon was imprisoned and was chosen for its incredibly remote location.
It is part of the British Overseas Territories and is only forty-seven square miles. About 4,500 people live on St. Helena, and tourism is a major part of the economy. St Helena Tourism points out that visitors love the wide variety of birds, fungi, and wildlife.
18 Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
Three Camel Lodge is set in the middle of the Gobi desert, Three Camel Lodge.com tells us. It is so remote that visitors only come to the Lodge if they want to get away from the world and really immerse themselves in desert life. The idea of the destination is to share the life that locals have lived for hundreds of years and to provide a luscious experience without compromising the environment.
Tourists can roam through the desert landscape in a truly authentic, away from it all experience.
17 Amangiri, Grand Canyon
Amangiri is in Utah, on the border with Arizona in the United States. It is a dry, scorching environment, but has a variety of vegetation and wildlife. Amangiri is an oasis in the middle of this landscape, providing luxury amenities in an isolated location.
It is twenty-five miles away from the nearest town, so the feeling of isolation is complete. The natural environment is essential to the ambiance, and Destinology points out that the pool is built into the natural rock. Views from each room are stunning and quite unique.
16 Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
Fogo Island is located northeast off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a small island, around thirty-five miles by twenty-four miles, and has around 2,300 inhabitants settled in about 11 different communities around the island according to National Geographic.
It is a real wilderness, with stunning mountain scenery offset against the North Atlantic waters. It is a haven for wildlife, including beavers and caribou. Whales can be seen during the migrating season. The isolated location means that the locals have a rich history of tradition and folklore and it is a fascinating place to visit.
Just ten miles by sixteen, Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. There is an active volcano on the island, which poses a threat to the 5,000 inhabitants.
The island is powered by geothermal wells that allows manufacturing to flourish and provide work for inhabitants. It is a very relaxed, laid-back island, where people go to enjoy the climate in an unspoiled atmosphere according to National Geographic Lodges. George Martin used to have a studio on the island and many major artists have recorded albums there, including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
14 Sylt, Germany
Sylt is located in the North Frisian Islands, a German territory in the North Sea. Despite its remote location, the island is full of luxury shops and hotels, providing an unusual mix of glamour amidst the rough sea landscape.
There are beautiful beaches on the island and it is a perfect destination for those who wish to experience the isolation of an island, but with the convenience of fine hotels and restaurants according to Germany.travel. One of the features of Sylt is the quirky thatched cottages, which are ideally viewed during a horseback exploration of the island.
13 Lamezia, Italy
Lamezia was formed by drying an area of marshland. Now, around 70,000 people live in the municipality, which Weather 2 Travel tells us sits on a location that has been inhabited for over a thousand years.
It nestles on the foot of the Italian map and benefits from a warm, Mediterranean climate. There is evidence of the rich history of the area in the castle and abbey, which is still in use today. It is easily accessible by air or road but retains the atmosphere of an ancient Italian community.
12 Maui, Hawaii
Maui is the second biggest Hawaiian island. Its eastern side is remote and reminiscent of old Hawaii, according to The Perfect Spot. There is only one road to take you to this part of the island, but you will be rewarded with peace and lush vegetation for the company.
The landscape includes a rich jungle that offers visitors the chance to lose themselves in nature and feel apart from the modern world. If the rain is strong enough, the one road gets washed away in parts, making this corner of Hawaii paradise for those wanting an escape from other people.
11 Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
If you want a sunny climate close to a luxury resort, in an isolated location, Gili Trawangan is for you. There are no motorized vehicles on the island, everyone travels by horse and carriage or by bike, so there really is a feeling of a bygone era.
Gili Trawangan is the smallest of the Gili archipelago and is the furthest of the three islands from the mainland. It may be remote but there is plenty of life there if you want it. Peace or partying, the choice is yours, according to All Indonesia Travel.
10 Tashirojima, Japan
Tashirojima is referred to as Cat Island, according to Kayak. The feline inhabitants of the island survived the 2011 tsunami and are regarded as a symbol of good luck. This is a great place if you like remote places and you love cats! There are cat shaped huts where you can stay and enjoy the peace and the cats.
You can find Tashirojima off the east coast of Japan and you need to take a ferry to reach the island. When you arrive, you will find that you are in the minority, there are more cats on the island than people.
9 Petit St. Vincent
Petit St. Vincent is in the Grenadines in the Caribbean and is a truly remote and isolated holiday beauty spot. There are only twenty-two cottages on the island and there are few televisions and little phone coverage, so it is truly an escape.
The resort on the island offers luxury and a chance to really slow down and avoid the trappings of modern life among stunning scenery and in gorgeous weather. The Daily Mail notes that for those who want to take to the waters, there is also exceptional diving off the coast.
8 Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
This alpine village location is nestled in the Colorado Rockies and offers visitors the chance to live the outdoor life in log cabins, according to Dunton Hot Springs.com. Here you can take to the mountains and breathe in truly fresh air, and then relax in a hot spring.
It used to be a mining town, but now hosts those who really want to get away from it all and experience nature and true freedom from modern life. Enjoy waterfalls, mountains and stunning natural scenery that takes your breath away.
7 Avenue of the Baobabs
The Baobab is a tree that stands on its own and is native to Madagascar, and yet in the Avenue or Alley of the Baobabs, they form in groups according to The Earth Trip. Situated on the far west side of Madagascar, the Avenue sits close to Tsingy with its World Heritage Reserve.
This remote location offers some unique natural phenomena aside from the trees. There is also a limestone ‘forest’ caused by millions of years of erosion of the rock.
6 Machu Picchu, Peru
This bit of Peru is unspoiled and unchanged and has remained as it was for hundreds of years, according to Guiding Peru. You can enjoy this dramatic landscape by trekking through the mountains and visit mountain villages where farmers practice traditional forms of agriculture.
Llamas and alpacas dot the paths and add some quirkiness to the stunning scenery and silent isolation of one of the world’s most beautiful places. It is a feat of human endeavor as it is believed to have been built by hand by fifteenth-century Incas.
Surely there is no more remote place than the bottom of the world? If you don’t mind the cold and want to get away from it all, Antarctica is the place to go. It is a paradise of ice and snow and offers scenery quite unlike anywhere else.
According to Discover the World, visitors can see glaciers and icebergs, as well as the unique landscape that appears to be untouched by humankind. Travel by sea and land across this continent for a getaway that ensures isolation.
Rangiroa is one of French Polynesia’s most remote islands according to Travel Nation. It is a perfect island getaway where nature is the only company. As you explore the islands you will walk through coconut groves and breathe in the scent of tropical flowers.
Out to sea, dolphin play and the rich marine life is perfectly viewed by diving. Or you can view the natural aquarium that is the lagoon on the island, which is a staggering 50 km by 80 km in circumference.
3 Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana
This amazing area of wilderness is over one million acres in size, according to Wilderness.net. There is so much space to explore in this remote area, where wildlife is in abundance. Visitors can see deer, moose, and bears among others.
The rugged landscape is broken up by alpine meadows that can be walked for hours. In fact, there are over a thousand miles of trail to negotiate. Mountains of up to eight thousand feet punctuate the view, as well as rivers and lakes to complete the panorama.
2 Sakhalin Island, Russia
Convict Voyages reminds us that Sakhalin Island used to be home to a prison. Now it is inhabited by Russians and is a destination for those that want to experience life away from the sophistication and pace of modern life.
It is cold and hard to get to and there aren’t many shops or luxuries. However, the natural landscape is beautiful. The ocean is clearly a major feature of the landscape, but lush vegetation permeates the island. it is divided into lakes, rivers, and forests inhabited by bears.
1 Easter Island, Chile
This remote island is over 3,000 kilometers off the coast of Chile, making it one of the most isolated holiday destinations in the world. There is a feeling of being in an ancient civilization on the island. The stone statues or moai are one of the main features of Easter Island.
It has been inhabited since the fourth century and the inhabitants built the stone statues that they hued from the quarry on the island. As the stones were so large, they were placed near the quarry, but it is still a mystery as to how they were maneuvered without the aid of machinery, according to Take Us Anywhere.
References: Stowe, NPS, Newzealand, Threecamellodge, Destinology