With global tourism on the rise, it is getting harder and harder to find remote places to visit which allow you avoid crowds of tourists and escape the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life.
Whether you want an adventure, are seeking tranquility away from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life, or looking for a remote honeymoon destination, here are 8 inspirational secluded places to visit. They are not easy to get to but are definitely worth the hassle.
Easter Island, Chile
Though the island is iconic and well-known worldwide, it is one of the most isolated places to visit. Famed for its 900-year-old giant moai monoliths, the Polynesian destination has been drawing travelers for centuries despite its extreme geographical location. The UNESCO-protected island only has a population of around 5,700 and the nearest inhabited place is Pitcairn Island, which is 1,289 miles away. Aside from the monoliths, you can see some fascinating prehistoric caves which were formed from cooled lava. The island is accessible by air from Santiago, Chile.
Foula, Shetland Islands, Scotland
Certainly one of the best remote places to visit in Scotland, Foula offers visitors breathtaking views, absolute tranquility, and a rich historical heritage. It is not easy to get to but is incredibly rewarding when you do. Known as ‘the edge of the world’, it is truly one of the most secluded holiday destinations. Visitors to Foula not only travel a long way distance-wise, but it also feels like a journey back in time. Local residents use the old Julian calendar, celebrating Christmas on 6th January and New Year a week later.
Known as the ‘Emerald Isle of the Caribbean’ because it resembles the Irish coast, Montserrat was one of the most popular secluded vacation spots for musicians in the 1970s. Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Lou Reed, Elton John, and Black Sabbath all spent long periods on the island. These days the island draws fewer tourists as there was a volcanic eruption in 1997. The lack of people combined with its beauty makes it one of the best remote places to visit today.
Point Wild, Antarctica
Antarctica is the world’s most remote place and few people consider the continent as a possible holiday location because of its extreme temperatures. Those who dare to make the journey are able to witness its unique and breathtaking beauty, including the hundreds of penguins which live there. Point Wild was named by Shackleton’s expedition (1914-16) to avoid its confusion with Cape Wild. One of the most remote travel destinations, it is only possible to get there on a small ship.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Only accessible by boat or helicopter, this is one of the most remote beach destinations. Situated off the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, the island is the largest of the 74 Whitsunday Islands and has some of the purest sand in the world and some of the clearest waters. It is close to the Great Barrier Reef so the range of marine life is out of this world. If you are looking for a place for secluded beach vacations away from the crowds this is it. You will need to prepare as there are no hotels, bars or restaurants.
Madagascar split from the Indian peninsula around 88 million years ago and has been one of the Earth’s most remote places ever since. Over this period its native plants and animals have evolved separately from the rest of the world. As a result, 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else. Its endless jungles, endangered animals, opportunities for adventure, and white, sandy beaches make it one of the most amazing remote places to visit. Due to its size, it is one of the easiest locations to reach on the list.
Lake Baikal, Russia
The world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake is a location of jaw-dropping beauty. It contains around 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water, more than all the other Great lakes Combined. The lake is home to more than 2,000 species of plants and animals including a rare type of freshwater seal. The water is incredible clear allowing for visibility. Close to the Mongolian border it is surrounded by mountains, making it a stunning remote holiday destination. There are a few points of access to the lake, the Trans-Siberian railway is the most common.
The Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, the USA
One of the most remote places to visit in the USA, ‘The Bob’ is a stunning area of wilderness set in the heart of Montana. Renowned for its abundance of wildlife and mountainous scenery, there are endless possibilities to hike, go fishing, ride horses, and forget the world. Visitors need to prepare as there are no roads and bears and coyotes are present. For those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, this is one of the most magnificent isolated holiday destinations.