Not a fan of going out much? Love the quiet of deserted areas that give you a chance to just think and experience nature? Then this list of the 10 more remote destinations in the world is just what you’re looking for.
The world is a huge place, but thanks to the internet and modern technology, it does tend to seem smaller and smaller, however, these remote destinations remind us of the vastness of the world and how small we are as individuals in a huge and wondrous world.
When you think Tibet, you usually associate it with monks, however, the tibetan plateau also happens to be one of the most remote destinations in the world. It’s the highest and largest plateau in the world and is surrounded by scenic mountain ranges.
It even has a cute nickname, ‘Roof of the World’ which just goes to underline just how huge it is, at over 5000 metres in height and 2,500,000 kilometers of land covered you have the perfect place to relax and write your next epic fantasy. The southern rim of the Tibetan Plateau which is called the Himalaya-Karakoram complex contains Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain and 13 other peaks higher than 8000 metres. Just be sure to pack some warm clothing as the area, which is higher than anywhere on the planet earth, can get pretty cold sometimes.
LA RINCONADA, PERU
Located in the small country of Peru in South America, is and even smaller mining town located nearly 17000 feet above sea level called La Rinconada. It also happens to be the highest city in the world. The small city is tenant to a permanent glacier on which it stands. The nature of geography is what makes it a remote destination. You’d need to think twice before making a trip there as the treacherous and winding mountain roads make it a challenge for even the most veteran of drivers.
Fun fact: did you know that our next destination was the setting for the 2004 film Alien vs Predator? Bouvet Island situated in the South Atlantic Ocean holds the title of one of the most out-of-the-way islands in the entire world. The volcanic island covers an area of 49 square kilometres with 93% covered by a glacier. The closest neighbour to this remote island is Antarctica’s Queen Maud Land approximately 1609 kilometres to the south.
TRISTAN DA CUNHA
Tristan da Cunha is as remote a destination as they come. Located in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, it’s also one of the few places on this list that’s inhabited with a permanent population of about 275.
DECEPTION ISLAND, ANTARCTICA
The mere mention that anything is located in Antarctica already makes it obvious that the place is remote. Its unique name was derived after a small aircraft pilot misjudged the distance from the land and crashed. The Island looks like a normal island but there’s a twist: it’s entirely hollowed out from the inside! It used to serve as a whaling station that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption and is now home to a Penguin colony.
ARCTIC POLE OF INACCESSIBILITY
What’s a pole of inaccessibility you ask? Simply put, it’s the point on a continent which is the greatest distance from the coastline. Our current example, the second entry from the Arctic, is 1094 kilometres from the nearest land mass. No structure can stand due to the ceaseless movement of ice packs.
This one was rather obvious, but of course the Easter islands is one of the most remote destinations in the world. It’s best known for the weird rock face statues called Moai which populate the beaches. Rapa Nui which the Easter island is also called, is roughly 3218 kilometres off the Chilean Coast. As for the festive name, that came from a Dutch explorer who had discovered the island on Easter Sunday. It’s also one of the remote areas that has a human population which numbers about 4000.
CAPE YORK PENINSULA, AUSTRALIA
Cape York Peninsula, Australia, houses the aboriginal tribes and has the largest population on this list with about 18000 people. The incredibly gargantuan wilderness is said to the one of the largest undeveloped places in northern Australia and one of the last remaining wilderness areas on earth. Getting there is nigh on impossible thanks in large part to flooding and poor conditions.
Of the four volcanic islands that exist in the world, Pitcairn Island is the only one that is inhabited by actual people (48 people as at the last time of record). It’s a marvel to behold from the air as it appears as a tiny dot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and measures about 3.6 kilometres from east to west. With no airport or place of landing, navigating your way to the island is a pretty arduous task and could take as long as 10 days which would require you to hitch a ride on a shipping boat out of New Zealand.
Mother Russia had to get a mention here and in Oymyakon, they have one of the most remote destinations worldwide. It’s located on a steep incline approximately 750 metres above sea level. It’s a small,rural village with less than 500 inhabitants. Oymyakon also holds the record for the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location at -69.2 °C. It’s also almost always night over there in December where they experience a meager three hours of daylight as opposed to the 21 hours dedicated to night time while in June, the reverse is the case.
So, when next you don’t want anyone to bother you, perhaps plan a trip to these places?