Sometimes you just want to get the hell outta dodge. Maybe it’s wanderlust, maybe it’s the oppression of work or school, but sometimes, “getting lost” is super desirable.
And the below locations are the best way to do it.
From the most remote island on the globe to the insanely high altitudes of Tibet’s “Roof of the World,” we’ve got some bizarre spots that are miles and miles away from the ordinary—and far removed from the bustle or any city or town. So, if you’re looking for a bit of “me time,” these destinations are the ticket to finding a little Zen.
Tristan da Cunha is often considered “the most remote island on Earth,” and that designation hasn’t been awarded lightly. It’s an island of fewer than 300 folks that’s situated approximately 1,700 miles from the South African coast. It doesn’t have an airport—or any hotels or restaurants, for that matter. If you want to get there to mingle with the locals, you’re in for a seven-day boat ride.
You’ve never seen trees like these. The Avenue of the Baobabs are a grouping of baobab (Adansonia grandidieri) trees that dot a dirt road stretching from Belon'i Tsiribihina to Morondava in Western Madagascar. The incredible trees grow to over 30 meters and live for as long as 800 years. They’re a relic of the area’s old tropical forests and pull in sightseers from around the globe.
Two thousand miles from the most southern point of Africa lies “Desolation Island,” Kerguelen Island. Part of an island group stretching nearly 2,500 square miles, this island can only be accessed via boat ride four days a year. The area is filled with glaciers and receives precipitation approximately 300 our of 365 days, which, yea, makes it more than a bit dreary.
Now, in our humble opinion, a place called “Desolation Island” is an odd vacation choice but, hey, knock yourselves out.
Greenland already isn’t exactly the most poppin off place on the planet, but Ittoqqortoormiit, arguably its most isolated town, is way the frick out there in no-mans land. You can arrive at the one-grocery-store town of 450 peeps via helicopter just before hanging out with seals, walruses, polar bears and… wait for it… narwhals. Plus, dog-sledding is apparently a big thing.
The biggest uninhabited island on this lil blue orb is in Canada's Nunavut Territory. Devon Island is so damn rocky and cold that no one but scientists roll up there. Why? Well, they actually pretend it’s the surface of Mars—since 1997, they’ve participated in a study on the island at a tiny research station designed to test spacesuits, robots, and various tools for the upcoming first generation of Mars explorers. Dope, huh?
Lofted more than four miles above sea level, Changtang on the Tibetan Plateau is the highest point on the “Roof of the World.” Despite the super cold temperatures as a result of the wicked-high altitude, there’s actually a decent amount of wildlife, like this cool Tibetan Yak below. Oh, and pictured above: the rather gorgeous Tso Moriri (“Mountain Lake”) on the plateau.
It ain’t glamorous but we couldn’t leave McMurdo Station off the list. It’s remote af with no native inhabitants and a requirement that you arrive via a military plane that’s equipped to land on skis built for sea ice. Pretty hardcore, right?