Sure, when you think “remote,” you probably often think of your grandparent’s place in the country where the WiFi really sucks and you can’t get a decent cell signal. And while that may feel like it’s waaaay out in the boondocks because of our reliance on modern technology, let us tell you—that ain’t nothin.
The remote locations on this list are truly removed from the rest of civilization—volcanic islands with incredibly low populations, cold as hell destinations that dwell in darkness for most of the day, and more. Let’s jump right into the full list!
1. Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territory
Imagine if your city’s population only had a total of nine different last names.
Well, that’s a reality on the volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic. Considered the most remote archipelago on planet Earth, you’ll have to catch one of only nine boat rides to the island that make it there each year. Oh, and bear in mind that you’re in for a 1,732-mile journey.
2. Cape York Peninsula, Australia
Cape York peninsula marks Australia’s northernmost point. You’re going to have to have some kind of all-terrain vehicle to access it, and to give you a representation of its remoteness, it’s a friggin’ 28-hour drive from Cairns.
3. Oymyakon, Russia
From warm, volcanic locales straight to freeze-your-ass off Russian towns. Oymyakon is home to only 500 residents that have to dwell in darkness for 21 out of 24 hours each day. The average temperature is -58 degrees (yeah, NEGATIVE 58), and many call this the “coldest inhabited place in the world.” In fact, it’s so cold that its population can’t grow crops. Oh, and bonus: The road to the town is called “The Road of Bones.” Charming.
4. Pitcairn Island, British Overseas Territory
We’re hitting a population low with this one—there are only fifty people that live on Pitcairn Island. Fun fact: The spot, which is over 3,000 miles from New Zealand, was first settled by European mutineers of the ship “Bounty,” and no plane has ever landed there.
5. Socotra Island, Yemen
Home to the Dragon Blood Tree, this spot has considerably more inhabitants than the others on our list—-40,000 in this case—but it’s 400 miles from the Yemen capital and the island only built its first road in 2011. More incredibly, however, is the fact that it has 800 ridiculously rare plant species—in fact, a third of all its flora can’t be found anywhere else on Earth.
6. La Rinconada, Peru
Down for visiting Peru? If you want to experience La Rinconada, you’re in for a whopping six-hour trip from the nearest city, and all of it via unpaved roads. We hope you’re used to high altitudes, too, because the town is three miles up in the mountainous air—giving it the distinction of the “world’s highest city.” Literally, not figuratively, you guys.
One more note: There’s no running water. So, you’re probably gonna wanna keep that in mind before you pack any bags!