The world is full of spectacular places that have yet to be discovered by so many of us! Although widely popular locations such as Paris, Bangkok, Cartagena, Marrakesh and so many more destinations sit atop travellers bucket-lists, there are some amazing places that you wouldn't even think of.
If you are looking to avoid touristy spots for your next vacation, you just might want to give one of these isolated and remote places a go! Although they may not be the easiest to get to, considering some can only be accessed by boat or plane, they just might be worth the trip over! Many of these remote locations have beautiful scenic views, various climates from tropical to subarctic, and deserts. If you're ready for a completely new adventure, then look no further, because here are the 25 most remote destination on Earth, that hardly any of us have even heard of.
25 Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territory
Tristan da Cunha is a volcanic island located in the South Atlantic, with a population of only 258 people, with a total of nine different last names, says The Telegraph, making it the most remote location on Earth. According to the source, the locals speak English, but have also invented their own dialect, consisting of words from Scottish, English, St. Helenian, South African, American English, Dutch, Italian and even Irish! Getting there might not be the easiest though! According to The Telegraph, you must time your visit on one of the three ships that make the trip only nine times a year from Cape Town.
24 Cape York Peninsula, Australia
The Cape York Peninsula is located in Australia and is actually the northernmost point of the continent. According to Orange Smile Tours, Cape York is a peninsula that is swimming with some of the most frightening creatures, including crocodiles, however, it is a notable location for sports fishing, says the Australian Traveller. The land itself is owned by five indigenous communities, who also manage Cape York's tourism industry. According to Orange Smile, the peninsula is about a 28-hour drive from Cairns, where renting a four-wheel-drive car is mandatory.
23 Oymyakon, Siberia
Oymyakon is a remote Siberian town that is known to be the coldest inhabited place on Earth! Just how cold does it get? Well, the 500 residents who live in 21-hour day darkness, experience average temperatures of -58 degrees Celsius (-72 Fahrenheit), says the 56th Parallel, yikes! In addition to the frigid below zero weather, getting to Oymyakon can take several days, making it quite remote! According to the source, the road from cities that lead to this isolated location is called 'The Road of Bones', so it's best you don't drive it alone.
22 Bouvet Island
Bouvet Island is located south of the Antarctic Convergence, giving it a marine Antarctic climate that sees quite a lot of heavy cloud and fog! According to Orange Smile Tours, the island is home to absolutely no one, but Bouvet Island is not without life! There is some vegetation such as lichens and mosses and it has some seals, seabirds and penguins during certain times of the year. Tours are available to visit the island via boat hours from locations such as Argentina, and South Africa.
21 Siwa Oasis, Egypt
Now when you think of Egypt, desert, heat, and sand all come to mind, but the word Oasis certainly doesn't! However, Egypt is home to one of the most stunning Oasis' on the planet. Siwa Oasis is located in the middle of Egypt's Western Desert, and is a common stop for tourists says Egypt Today. Those who do stop over, enjoy the locally-grown dates and olives, swim in Cleopatra's Bath mineral spring, and stay at the desert eco-lodge built solely out of mud and salt. Many who have experienced this beautiful destination refer to it as a "must-do" if you can brave the Egyptian deserts, says TripAdvisor.
20 Socotra Island, Yemen
Socotra Island is one of the most bizarre locations that look like it came straight out of an Alien themed film, all thanks to its weird-looking Dragon's Blood Trees. The island, which is located on Yemen's Gulf of Aden, contains over 800 rare species of plants, a third of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world, says Unusual Places. The island is home to nearly 40,000 inhabitants, but only built its first road in 2011, in order to preserve the wildlife and environment as much as possible, claims the source. The island itself is quite accessible via plane and can be reached from Sanaa, Yemen's capital city on a 400-mile journey.
19 Supai, Arizona
Arizona is home to some beautiful destinations, from Sedona to the Grand Canyon, however, one location that is often forgotten about is Supai! This remote village in the southwestern branch of the Grand Canyon is only accessible by helicopter, horseback, or an eight-mile hike, says The Trover. Supai is the tribal centre of the Havasupai Tribe, which translates to "people of the green-blue waters", which you are bound to find in Supai! According to the source, the town is so remote, the mail is delivered by mule, however, the gorgeous waterfalls of Havasu Creek, make up for any pre-modern traditions.
18 The Kerguelen Islands, Antarctic Lands
The Kerguelen Islands are located in the Indian Ocean and are considered a part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. According to Atlas Obscura, they are located 2,000 miles from the southernmost part of Africa, and are only accessible by ship four days a year! Due to this lack of accessibility, the islands are referred to as "Desolation Islands", all while receiving rain, sleet and snow 300 out of 365 days a year! According to Ultimate Thule, the only people who live on the islands are French researchers.
17 Easter Island, Chile
Now many of us have probably heard of Easter Island, but have probably not realized just how difficult it is to get there. According to Brewminate, the world famous statues require a 2,300-mile journey from Chile in order to witness them in person. Additionally, LAN is the only airline that flies to Easter Island with starting prices from around $900 from the United States! Although the construction and purpose of the statues remain a mystery, seeing them up close and personal is definitely a bucket list must!
16 Pitcairn Island, South Pacific
Pitcairn Island is British Overseas Territory that is situation 3,300 miles from New Zealand! According to Visit Pitcairn, no plane or helicopter has ever landed there, and require a 32-hour yacht ride in order to reach the island. Although not much is known about the island's first settlers, it remains to be an idyllic island that attracts very few tourists each year! According to the source, the island has a popular of only 50, making it one of the more remote across the world.
15 Barrow, Alaska
Barrow, Alaska! Who knew this small town even existed? Barrow is one of the most remote locations in the United States. According to BBC, Barrow is known to be the "forgotten place of the Arctic" and considering there are no roads that lead there, we can see why! The only way to get to Barrow is by plane, which takes up to an hour and a half from Anchorage, Alaska, which is not too bad! Although it's worth the trip over, it's best you know that because they sit directly at the top of Alaska, their winter consists of 65 straights days of complete darkness, claims the source.
14 Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland is definitely a mouthful, but is one of the cutest places unknown to any traveller! The destination was first founded in 1925 by settlers from Tasiilaq and West Greenland, says North Voyage. In order to reach this quaint location, you must travel by helicopter, and helicopter only! According to the source, there are only 450 residents, who partake in a lot of dog-sledding and camping. Tourists do visit, primarily to witness the Northern Lights and other natural wonders. Cruise ships have just started gaining access to the destination, however, they can only do so 3 months out of the year, as the other 9, icebergs block anything from getting remotely close to Ittoqqortoormiit.
13 Changtang, Tibet
Changtang, Tibet is one of the highest locations in the world. It is not only remote but has an altitude that ranges from 4,000 to 9,000 feet, says Core of Culture. It is home to a nomadic community referred to as the Changpa, where they spend most of their time hunting for food, which may not always be easy due to their cold and arid climate. According to the source, you require a permit in order to enter Changtang, which can cost several thousands of dollars. Once a permit is granted you can access Changtan from Leh Airport, Udhampur Railway Station, or driving from Manali or Srinagar says Mnn.
12 Villa Las Estrellas, Antarctica
Villa Las Estrellas, which is Spanish for "Star Town", is a Chilean settlement located in Antarctica. Believe it or not, the small town is just like anywhere else, with a gym, church, public school, and souvenir shop says Outdoor Revival. It is one of only two residential towns on the entire continent, the rest of the inhabited areas are solely for research purposes popular by scientists. According to Mental Floss, getting there requires a two-day boat trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, to cross the Drake Passage into the Antarctic Circle, before finally reaching the "Star Town", which does, in fact, live up to its name.
11 Coober Pedy, Australia
Coober Pedy is next up on the list, and one of the most remote locations in all of Australia. According to Coober-Pedy.sa, it is known as the "opal capital of the world", after being discovered in 1915, and becoming home to the opal mining industry. The small town is home to only 3,500 people, says the source, and can be reached quite easily. If you are looking for a remote spot to visit on your Australian journey, Coober Pedy can be reached via a two-hour flight from Adelaide.
10 Longyearbyen, Norway
Longyearbyen is the northernmost town in the entire world and is located in Norway. According to the NY Times, it is actually illegal to perish in Longyearbyen! Let us explain. There is, in fact, a law that forbids anyone from passing in the remote city, considering it is far too cold to be buried there, bodies won't decompose in the frozen ground! Those ill, or near the end must be flown to the mainland for burial. In addition, houses must be built on stilts so that they do not slide away when topsoil melt in the summertime, says the NY Times. If you're interested in feasting your eyes on Longyearbyen, then Norwegian Airlines is the only airline that flies out three times a week!
9 Palmerston, Cook Islands
Palmerston, located in the Cook Islands, is quite a beautiful, yet remote destination. According to Croatian Islands, the Palmerston islanders are descendants of one Englishman, William Marsters, who arrived on the island in 1863, and went on to have four wives and 17 children. The island is so remote that ships only visit it a few times a year. There are also only two telephones and internet access is available for only four hours a day, says the source. If you're looking to travel to Palmerston, the journey is a two-day sailing voyage from Rarotonga, the capital of Cook Islands, and an eight-day trip from Tahiti if you've got the time.
8 La Rinconada, Peru
La Rinconada sits three miles in the air in Peru's mountainous Puno province, making it the highest city in the entire world. According to Departures, the town has absolutely no running water or sewage system, making it less than hygienic. In addition, 68% of the population is said to live below the poverty line, claims CNN. Although the views are absolutely stunning, the state of the city is quite low and getting there is no walk in the park. La Rinconada is a six-hour ride from the nearest city on unpaved roads with no regular buses, says Departures, making it not only an uncommon trip but a bumpy one, too.
7 Bantam, Coco Islands
Bantam, Coco Islands, also known as Keeling Islands, has a population of about 600, and are home to the Cocos Malay people whose isolation has helped keep their traditional oral language and religious practices alive, says Smithsonian Magazine. The destination is quite popular among tourists, and once you become acquainted with the local culture, visitors can go kitesurfing, snorkelling, surfing and bird watching, says The Guardian. Located in Australia, Coco Islands are about 1,700 miles from Perth, from which tourists can catch the twice a week offered flight.
6 Alert, Canada
Alert, is located in Nunavut, Canada! The town sits close to Iqaluit, the territories capital city, and is only accessible by sea or air, says The Canadian Mosaic. Although there isn't much other than a lot of snow, flights are offered from Ottawa daily. According to the source, the most famous attraction is the "Road To Nowhere" that tourists can walk, bike, drive, or ski until they end up, well, in the middle of nowhere! Canada has some spectacular spots, and although this one might not take the lead, it is still worth a visit if you love the winter time.
5 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Tórshavn is the smallest capital city in the world! Although it might be small, it does pack quite the punch. The city is actually named after Thor, the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology, says Wilderness Travel. It is a part of the Faroe Islands and sits directly halfway between Norway and Iceland, where you can meet some of the most hospitable locals! Those who have travelled to Tórshavn, have claimed that "this is the sort of place where people still have time for each other", says TripAdvisor, and if that isn't reason enough to go, then we do not know what is!
4 Motuo County, China
Motuo is a small community in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. It remains the only country with no highway link to the outside world among all of China's 2,100 counties, says TibetTravel. The fact that there is not a single road leading to this destination makes it quite hard to reach, which is why very few tourists venture out to Motuo. According to China Travel, this country, in particular, is one of the most mysterious areas in all of Tibet, where statistics regarding population, language spoken and resources are very limited!
3 Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
The Bonneville Salt Flats are located in Utah, United States! Although they are some of the most beautiful salt flats worldwide, they are often forgotten by even those living close by! According to Vitis Utah, the Bonneville Salt Flats are comprised of approximately 90% common table salt, and are free and open to the public most of the year, making it quite accessible! The location is home to frequent land speed racing and filming projects and has only become popular amongst tourists as of recent.
2 McMurdo Station, Antarctica
The McMurdo Station is a United States Antarctic research centre on the south tip of Ross Island. According to NSF, the island is in the New Zealand-claimed Ross Dependency, however, it is solely operated by the United States Antarctic Program, which is a branch of the National Science Foundation. Although only researched inhabit the island, tourists can visit! Considering no country owns Antarctica, no visa is required, however, trips can only be made through certified tour operators!
1 Tibetan Plateau
Last up on the list is the Tibetan Plateau! This is known to be the "Roof of the World", as it is the highest and largest plateau in the world. The Plateau sits anywhere between 3,800 to 10,000 metres above sea level, says ChinaTibetTrain. According to the source, the Tibetan Plateau occupies an area of around 1,000 by 2,500 kilometres, making for quite a massive destination. Although it's worth seeing, weather can be quite cold during the winter months, and slightly cool in the summer, meaning a jacket is usually required all year round!