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Bored with the usual tourist traps? Looking for something beyond tourist-oriented t-shirt shops? Here are nine quick tips for trips that will take you further than the typical vacation destinations. These remote spots can take some more work to get to, but they leave you with memories that are much more special to you than the been-there-done-that vacation spots.
Looking to really get away from it all? Try looking for spots such as the Chilean village of Caleta Tortel. Email won’t be able to reach you (there isn’t any WiFi) unless you really want it to (there is some dial-up available). Here’s the best part – the sounds of traffic won’t be able to reach you either. Located along the Rio Baker, the village has no roads. Instead most of the houses have their own little docks and boardwalks, and you’ll have to take little water taxis to make your way around to see the sights.
The Isle of Skye sits off of the northwest coast of Scotland. Here you’ll find relics and remains of Scotland’s ancient past, including Duntulm Castle. To get there you’ll drive a few hours along twisting and turning dirt roads, finally finding yourself surrounded by the quiet of the Duntulm region.
In 1789 the crew of the HMS Bounty saw the remote beauty of Pitcairn, decided they quite liked it, mutinied, settled on the island, and burned the ship so they wouldn’t ever have to ever leave. Nowadays you can visit their descendants by hopping on a 10-day cruise out of New Zealand.
Svalbard, sitting just about halfway between the North Pole and mainland Norway, represents a fantastic merging of history, wildlife, and stunning landscapes. An Arctic cruise through the region will give you the chance to visit the remnants of historic whaling stations, enjoy the rugged and clean beauty of the north, spot out whales and polar bears and a wide variety of bird life, and take in the wonder that is the Aurora Borealis.
If you’re looking for a swimming hole that you won’t have to share with polar bears, take a look at Ghar Lapsi in Malta. Not nearly as busy as Malta’s Azure Window or Blue Lagoon, Ghar Lapsi treats you to a much quieter day in the ocean and allows you to enjoy a much more local flavour to your visit. Go swimming, go snorkeling, or spend the afternoon visiting the local temples.
If you want remote, China has remote. It’s almost like Motuo County (found in Tibet’s Atunomous Region) doesn’t want to be reached – the government has repeatedly tried to build roads to the beautiful forested region only to have them all wiped out by avalanches or mudslides. You’re most likely going to have to go in on foot, hiking your way across the 200-foot suspension bridge. But if you do make the trip you’re in for a treat – Motuo is home to 10% of all of China’s plant life.
Supai, a Havasupai Indian Reservation in the state of Arizona, is found not beside but in the Grand Canyon. Spots of vivid green vegetation sprout alongside the creeks and riverbeds that line the bottom of the canyon, making for a startling contrast against the dry red-brown rock walls. Like most of the other locations mentioned above, you can’t get to Supai by car – instead you’ll either have to make the 13 km trek either on foot or by mule.