The world is a busy place and sometimes it seems like there is no privacy at all. There is a yearning for simpler times and a desire to get away from all of it but there are few places which one can think of going. Combine this with the fact that the population of the world is constantly increasing so the places for someone to go and find seclusion are definitely decreasing. Yet, even with all this, there are places which have hardly been touched by humans because of their remoteness.
The reason for leaving everything behind is to accept the simplicity in life and get rid of all the complexities behind for once and all. Life isn’t usually easy when one decides to move away from the hustle and bustle of modern centers but it is calmer and frees one from anxieties of different kinds for once and all.
Tristan da Cunha
Anyone who plans on living in at a remote place should have Tristan da Cunha high on his list of places to move. The island is located at nearly 1500 miles from the nearest continent and the entire human population consists of a single village of 300 people. The only means of accessing the island is a six-day boat journey from South Africa. The remotest island on earth is spread just over 37 square miles and the inhabitants call it as The Settlement. The area is communally owned and all residents are also farmers and any newcomer will also be expected to participate in the community life.
La Rinconada, Peru
La Rinconada is a small mining town located at 17,000 feet above sea level. The town has a population of nearly 30,000 individuals who’re involved in the mining of gold either directly or indirectly. The place is nearly always covered by ice. The town has been built on a frozen glacier which can only be accessed through a 4x4vehicle. It originated as a small town but more people moved in as the price of gold increased. The city has no plumbing or sanitation services in fact the ground is also infected heavily with mercury from mining operations. Anyone who looks for remoteness should look for this place.
Tibetan Plateau has often been called ‘the roof of the world’ as it is the world’s highest and largest plateau. The average elevation is 14,800 feet and the time required to visit the nearly proper city is over three weeks. Only one day of the trip can be covered on a car, the rest is required to be covered on foot in the next 20 days. The area has no direct link with the mainstream world because of which the nomadic practices can still be seen to be practiced. The survival of the locals was made possible by raising livestock rather than crops.
Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the coldest livable places on earth. The place is completely surrounded by ice for the most part of the year which accounts for its low residential density as there are only 400 people living here. The area is a good place to settle down as the area roughly equals the land mass of England but you have to be careful about polar bears and the survival depends on the hunting of whales and seals. The town has just one grocery store and a few convenience stores which are all there is but this is what makes it such a good place for anyone looking for remoteness. You would need some winter clothing before moving, you can easily buy it using discounts from Groupon.
Bouvet Island, South Atlantic Ocean
Bouvet Island is a tiny speck of ice in the wide ocean where the only thing visible in many miles is just water. This is a mass of a few square miles uninhabited by anyone. The nearest area, which is itself an isolated place, is Antarctica at a distance of more than 1700 km. The terrible conditions and inaccessibility are the reason why there are no teams spending team on research in the area but if one plans on leaving the world behind for good then this is definitely a fine place.
Alert, Nunavut Canada
Alert is the name of a village located in the Nunavut region of Canada. The village is just 500 miles away from the North Pole and this location makes it extremely versatile with 24 hours of daylight in summer and 24 hours of the night in winters. This also results in extreme temperature which can drop down to -40 degree Celsius making it one of the most difficult places to live. There are only five residents who stay throughout the year and the nearest town is nearly 1300 miles away.
This guest post is written by Frank Lee, he works atRebates Zone, you can follow him @franklee84