10 Secluded Places to Visit When You Want to Get Away

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The general consensus for taking a vacation is a well-deserved break, a vacation away from it all to relax and have fun, to get away from the hustle and bustle of 9-5 and sip a cocktail by the sea. Some places are more frequented than others, leaving our relaxing getaways to be shared with thousands of other travellers. If you’re looking for an authentic, serene, remote experience, try one of these less-visited and almost isolated destinations instead.



ten tuvalu

This list should naturally start with the least visited country in the world. Tuvalu is so small and so far out in the middle of nowhere that you would probably win a bet with anyone if you told them to point it out on the map. Aside from its geographically tiny size, Tuvalu is the least visited country in the world, probably because there is only one international flight a week that goes to Fiji, another remote island nation (although much more visited than Tuvalu). Nonetheless, a visit to Tuvalu can be exciting. Rent a motorbike and tour the entire island, snorkel and discover nearly untouched coral reefs, and explore the capital of Funafuti, home to 60% of the country’s population. There are accommodations that are worth book a stay in Tuvalu.

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9 Kyrgyzstan

When travelers talk about traveling to Asia, the conversation often revolves around Far Eastern destinations like Japan, Southeast destinations like Thailand, and Middle Eastern destinations like Jordan. And Central Asia? Blessed with beautiful mountains with nearly 2,000 lakes nationwide, Kyrgyzstan offers a retreat from the usual chaos associated with the rest of the Asian continent. If you really want to take isolation to the next level, get off the radar and go on a multi-day cross-country horseback trek, where you’ll ride for 3-6 hours a day before camping overnight. There are many iconic hotels to book in Kyrgyzstan.


8 Socotra Island, Yemen

While mainland Yemen needs no introduction and is currently experiencing one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world, the island of Socotra has remained peaceful despite its home country being ravaged by war. If you can get past the fact that you’re technically in Yemen, a visit to Socotra is sure to be otherworldly. The island sees less than 3000 tourists a year. Getting there is no small feat. There is only one flight per week from Cairo, Egypt to Socotra Island via Yemenia Airlines. There is also one flight per week from Abu Dhabi to Socotra on Air Arabia. Once you understand the rifts, you will immediately notice the distinct characteristics of Socotra Island in their Socotra Dragon Trees. You might be surprised at how pristine the beaches are. It will definitely change your perception of Yemen. Socotra Island is home to many hotels worth visiting.

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seven Moab, UT

Are you less interested in traveling to a remote part of the world and looking for something a little more in your own backyard? Thank goodness for Utah. Whether you’re coming from eastern Colorado, southwest Las Vegas, or any direction, entering Utah immediately feels like stepping from the United States to Mars. While the entire state is full of ideal campsites, Moab tops the list for some of the most serene, not just in the state but nationwide. Rent a motorhome and sleep under the stars at Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse State Park, to name a few. If you are afraid of getting too isolated, head to downtown Moab, a small street lined with shops, restaurants and hotels. Utah will remind you of the great beauty that can be found without a jet set on the other side of the world.


6 Atacama Desert, Chile

Chile is geographically the longest country in the world. For this reason, it covers a wide range of climates, from the snow-capped mountains in the south to the Atacama Desert in the north. The Chilean Atacama Desert is the driest non-polar desert in the whole world, creating unique landscapes in the world. Your viewing options will include salt flats, dramatic peaks, volcanic hikes, stargazing, and floating in salt lagoons, to name a few. Why not take Chile’s road less traveled and head north? There are many hotels worth stay near the Atacama Desert.


5 Siwa, Egypt

Egypt is one of the most visited countries in the world. However, few travelers dare to visit Siwa. Better known as the Oasis of Siwa, Siwa is 348 miles from Cairo and only 30 miles from the Libyan border. Because there are no airports nearby, most travelers skip the eight-hour drive from Cairo to get there. However, if you have the time and the patience, a trip to Siwa Oasis will give you a landscape lined with palm and olive trees and plenty of options for swimming in salt lakes. You can also book a stay in one of the accommodation in the village of Siwa.


4 Merzouga, Morocco

If you’re looking to escape to luxury, Merzouga in Morocco might be calling your name. Take the 9-hour trek from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert, near the Algerian border. Everything can be booked seamlessly through one of the many tours offering luxury Moroccan glamping. The best part of luxury camping in Morocco is that it won’t break the bank. Luxury Camp in the Sahara Desert, for example, offers a 4-night stay for as low as $360 with all meals included. Most companies will include all meals and round-trip transportation.


3 Jeju Island, Korea

Korea is not all bright lights and skyscrapers. Only an hour by plane from Seoul lies the humble little island of Jeju. Jeju is one of the natural wonders of the world, and as soon as you arrive, you will understand why. Jeju gives the vibe of Hawaii without the tropical paradise feel; that’s not to say it’s not pure heaven on earth, but it’s not the paradise swinging in a hammock on pristine beaches that is often associated with the word. Instead, it’s filled with volcanic rocks, milky blue waters, and some serious hiking, all accompanied by delicious, hearty food. Few travelers add Jeju to their bucket list, so you’re guaranteed a quiet and serene getaway. It is also worth book a stay for several nights on the island.

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2 The Amazon forest

If you are truly looking to be one with nature, then why look any further than the Amazon? Connect with spiders, sloths, jaguars, snakes and more! Although you are not guaranteed to see any of these creatures, you are guaranteed to be swept away by the verdant beauty of the largest and most famous forest on planet Earth. If you really want to immerse yourself in local life, go piranha fishing. Looking for something more adventurous? Go kayaking, paddle boarding, canopy walking, or even stay in a treehouse. Also worth staying at various accommodations around the Amazon rainforest. Don’t forget to try Amazonian cuisine; it’s like nowhere else.


1 Iron ore, Mauritania

Are you looking to go somewhere totally random with a huge sense of adventure, topped off with a dollop of discomfort? Certainly not for everyone, but a unique remote adventure nonetheless, try riding the iron ore train in Mauritania. Your timing to catch this train had better be impeccable. It only stops once for five minutes in the sleepy town of Choum before setting off on a 19-hour journey to Mauritania’s economic capital, Nouadhibou. It’s totally free, and anyone can access it, but it is better to be prepared with the right equipment, including but not limited to ski goggles, gloves and a sleeping bag. It is certainly an adventure for the traveler seeking a secluded experience; few people on this planet are crazy enough to do that. There are many accommodations that can be booked around iron ore in Mauritania.

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