Top 8 Remotest Holiday Destinations
Most of us like nothing more than to spend time lying on ta beach and soaking up the sun, or enjoying the carefree pleasures of a luxurious ocean cruise. But for those who like to try something a little different, how are these for some interesting suggestions?
- Tristan da Cunha
Despite its Portuguese-sounding name this is a British overseas territory with a population of 262 at the last count. It boasts a golf course and a pub, but don’t get barred as the next nearest inhabited land is the island of Saint Helena, which is 1,200 miles away. Tristan da Cunha is actually the name of the main island – one of the smaller ones is the aptly-named Inaccessible Isle.
- Bouvet Island
If the hustle and bustle of Tristan da Cunha is too much for your tastes, Bouvet Island may be more to your liking. Some 1,400 miles away from Tristan, this uninhabited outpost in the South Atlantic is – for some reason – owned by Norway.
Komodo is one of an incredible 17,500 islands which comprise the vast Asian republic of Indonesia. If wildlife is your thing then they don’t come much wilder than the Komodo Dragon, a lizard which is unique to this and surrounding islands and grows to up to ten feet long. The human inhabitants of Komodo are all descendants of convicts.
- The Pitcairns
These people have a similarly fascinating history, having nearly all descended from nine mutineers from the famous Bounty and a handful of Tahitian natives who had accompanied them. As the population today is only around 50 it should be relatively easy to get to know most of the locals before you leave.
Despite the fact that it has one of the largest land masses of any country in the world, the population of Greenland is only around 57,000 – equivalent to that of a medium-sized English town – so you’d have to be pretty unlucky to be stuck with noisy neighbours. Greenland is a semi-autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, although the mother country is some considerable distance away.
- Faroe Isles
Denmark can’t have met a lot of resistance when colonising these places. Very cold, wet and windy, this land, like Greenland, is semi-autonomous but remains under the protection of the Danes in the very unlikely event that anybody would want to invade it. Considering its size, the Faroe Islands has quite a good football team.
- Outer Mongolia
Sandwiched between mainland China and the Russian Federation, although only 22 miles from Kazakhstan at its closest point, Mongolia seems to occupy an awful lot of the world for a country with the same population as Wales. One of its primary attractions to tourists might be its unique national dish called Khuushuur, or deep-fried meat pie.
With over half a million inhabitants the Hawaiian capital may seem out of place on a list such as this, but as the closest comparable city is nearly 2,500 miles away in San Francisco it is something of a cultural oasis in the middle of a very wide ocean.