Looking for a digital detox? Desperate for some well needed peace and quiet? Or just feel like getting away from it all? We’ve scoured the earth to find 6 of the most remote places in the world for your next adventure!
1. Easter Island, Chile
The enigmatic Easter Island has stumped scientists and historians for hundreds of years. With its ancient, large stone head carvings that were erected by the original Polynesian inhabitants, it’s a corner of the world that remains shrouded in mystery. Experiencing the looming statues in person, being part of the ancient nature that surrounds them and taking in the peaceful silence will transcend you to a time when human civilisation was in its infancy.
Where to stay: Kona Tau hostel is located in the centre of the island. It offers the perfect combination of nature, culture and fun.
2. The Hawaiian Islands, USA
Everyone has heard of Hawaii, but not everyone knows that, being 2,390 miles from California and 3,850 miles from Japan, it is the world’s most isolated centre of population. The Hawaiian Islands are the peaks of a huge undersea mountain range known as the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain.
Where all the islands have much to offer, Maui boasts the best beaches! However, it’s not just the sea you can bathe in; towards the base of Maui’s Haleakala volcano, you will find the freshwater pools of Oheo. Kept full and bubbling by waterfalls, the tiered pools are in the Haleakala National Park region, roughly 10 miles south of Hana. The pools can be got to via a two-mile trek, during which you’ll take in some of the islands most stunning wildlife.
From the bottom of volcanoes to the top of Maui’s highest peak, Haleakala (which translated to “house of the sun”) is 10,023 feet above sea level. The best time to climb to the summit is for either sunrise or sunset. Lie back and marvel at the sheer beauty of Hawaii.
Where to stay: Stay at Hakuna Matata Hostel, kick back, relax and take in the ocean view.
3. The Secluded Blue Eye Spring, Southern Albania
The turnoff for the Blue Eye Spring can be found half way between Saranda and Gjirokasta in Southern Albania in what feels like the middle of nowhere. The best way to get there is to hire a private driver and if you feel you’re never going to find it, then you’re going the right way!
Eventually you’ll stumble across a sign for the Blue Eye and a guard will ask you for a small entry fee. At this point it’s time to get out of the car and walk down the trail, at the end of which you’ll find a pool that could be made of blue glass. Where it’s often too cold to swim, it’s refreshing to dip your toes in after a long walk.
There you’ll find a restaurant that serves giant plates of lamb ribs and big bottles of cold Albanian beer for a very good price. If luck is in your favour, you’ll be able to enjoy your meal on a raft in the middle of the lake. After refuelling with a bite to eat, head further up the track to find the source of the crystal blue water, the stunning cold-water spring.Where to stay: Hasta La Vista Hostel, Saranda. Explore the remains of the ancient city and ask the staff about the Blue Eye Spring, they’ll be more than happy to help you get there.
4. Veerabhadra Temple, India
The Veerabhadra Temple is a 120km journey north of Bangalore that will take you through several rural villages, giving you a glimpse into every day rural life in India. It’s recommended that you hire a driver for the day to get you there.
When there you’ll find beautiful and well-preserved ceiling paintings, giant Shiva Lingam and Nandi statues and the intricate sculptures created by artisans of the Vijayanagara empire, all dating back to the 16th century. The best time to visit is during the week as you’re more likely to have the temple all to yourself. Don’t be afraid to talk to the priests who are always happy to tell you all about the temple’s rich history and offer blessings for friends and family.
Where to stay: Zostel Bangalore, located in the heart of Bangalore, Indiranagar, the city’s party hub. A great base to make new friends and explore the city from.
5. The Scaffold Trail – Hiking Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia
Easy to get to from Bled, the Scaffold Trail runs through the Radovna River gorge. The trail gets its name because it’s built on wood scaffolding that winds its way down river. The river’s canyon walls reach as high as 300 feet in some areas and this only serves to augment the remoteness of the trail. The one-mile hike is perfect for beginners and at the end you’ll be rewarded with Sum Falls, an incredible 50 foot cascade of water that rounds off the trek perfectly.
Where to stay: 1A Adventure Hostel Lesce Bled used to be an old monastery, it’s now been transformed into in brand new hostel, making the perfect haven for travellers. Make your trip go further with 10% off on all water activities!
6. Antananarivo, Madagascar
Although Madagascar is the world’s fourth-largest island, because of its relative isolation it remains one of the most biodiverse destinations on the planet. A nature lovers paradise, 80% of Madagascan wildlife can’t be found anywhere else in the world. It’s also home to two-thirds of the world’s chameleon population as well as the endemic Baobab Tree, an image many people conjure up when thinking of Madagascar.
Antananarivo is the country’s capital city and located in the island’s Central Highlands. Take a trip to the Rova of Antananarivo palace complex, with wooden houses and royal tombs, that offers breath-taking views of the city. In the centre of the city you’ll also find the heart-shaped Lake Anosy that’s surrounded by the stunning, violet flowering jacaranda trees.
Where to stay: Madagascar Underground is the first hostel to have opened on the island of Madagascar so offers the perfect base to meet travellers and soak up everything Madagascar has to offer.
About the author:
I’m Freya, a freelance writer and consumer PR consultant. Having worked in the travel industry for three years I enjoy writing about all the wonderful things our world has to offer in the hope of inspiring other travellers. Based in London, my hobbies include writing, reading, films, walking, eating, shopping and of course travelling. Check out my website, www.freyabugeja.co.uk or follow me on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @fb_comms.