Fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and having an adventure? Check out some of the most remote places on Earth that you can visit and get away from it all in peace and solitude. These locations are not just off the beaten track. In most cases there is no track at all.
Easter Island Chile
Easter Island is extremely famous because of its thousands of mysterious Moai statues but don’t be fooled into thinking this island is accessible because we all know about it. It is situated 2000 miles from modern civilisation (Chile) but the island is open to visitors and it’s certainly worth a trip. The massive head sculptures were constructed from volcanic rock between 1250 and 1500 AD and the natural landscape and volcanoes makes this a stunning and weird destination.
Devon Island Canada
This place is so remote and devoid of life NASA uses the location for testing out lunar equipment. Devon Island is technically part of Canada but nearer to Greenland and is part of the Queen Elizabeth Islands. It would not be a great holiday destination but would certainly be memorable.
Barra Island Scotland
You can get to Barra Island easily enough because there is a regular plane service which lands on the beach. And the island is home to around 1000 inhabitants so there are some places to stay too. Ideal for walkers and nature enthusiasts, Barra in the Outer Hebrides is truly remote and closer to Iceland than the UK. Beware; the trip in the tiny propeller plane is not for the faint hearted!
Apolima is the smallest island of the 4 that make up the tiny country of Samoa. It is everyone’s idea of the dream desert island with unspoilt vegetation and jungle in the interior, white sparking beaches and fantastic blue ocean teeming with life. To visit Apolima you must arrange a stay with a local family before you arrive. The island is only accessible by boat.
Siwa Oasis Egypt
Siwa is located far away from modern Egypt both in terms of distance and time (it is around 5 hours’ drive from Cairo). This North African enclave preserves ancient culture and traditions including some wonderful indigenous food. The houses are traditional and built from mud bricks and the oasis is fed by water from 200 springs, keeping this small area lush and beautiful.
Pitcairn Island New Zealand
Pitcairn Island is a British territory in the South Pacific. It is home to around 50 inhabitants and if you fancied becoming a resident yourself, you will be given free land to help you. Pitcairn is a beautiful island but with the nearest area of civilisation New Zealand, over 3000 miles away, its remote location is certainly not suitable for everyone. That said, Pitcairn is sub-tropical so has a beautiful climate with exotic vegetation, similar to the Canary Islands. It is also great destination for anyone who enjoys snorkelling or scuba. You can only reach Pitcairn by boat. There is a regular service that runs 3 times per quarter and has space for 12 berths.