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Places on Earth that you can’t place your feet on!

While travelling is always the number one priority for people of this generation, what places to travel to depends on individual preferences. Some might want to visit the most beautiful places on Earth and others might prefer visiting places their peers haven’t been to.

Travelling to internet famous places is best for your Instagram page, but what’s awesome for your page is travelling to places that people can rarely visit. There are places on Earth that have been rarely visited and what better than the thrill of achieving something people can rarely dream of.

The barrier here is not that of a financial nature, but of a geographical nature. There are places so remote on the Earth that spending all your money could not guarantee that you could travel there. These are mostly in the remotest parts of the Earth, making access a matter of safety and possibility over money.

There is a club of people who like to travel to the most remote of places on Earth called Most Traveled People. There are 875 officially listed territories on the list of the club. Some of these have been only visited by a limited few and gaining access to these is off limits for the average person. Most of these are on the farthest corners of Atlantic or Pacific regions, but there are a few that are trickier than the rest.

Here is a list of places on earth that are so remote, you probably can’t place your feet on them!

Kure Island, US – Pacific Ocean

Kure is known for being the world’s most northerly coral atoll. It is about 160 east of the International Date Line and is officially a part of Honolulu. It only has an unused runway and is visited by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife in regular intervals. Apart from the radio expeditions that turn up on the island every few years, the island is all about turtles and birds that live and breed there.

Marie Byrd Land- Antarctic

A piece of land on the Antarctic is so far away that no country has made an attempt to claim it. It is next to the vast Ross Ice Shelf and was not studied until 1971. Although there have short lived bases set up on the land, no permanent base has been manned there. Other than tagging along with super rich scientists, there are very slim chances you could get there on your own.

St Peter and St Paul Rocks, Brazil-Atlantic Ocean

This barren archipelago is used by some scientists on the Brazilian Navy base and tuna fishermen. It is in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and falls east to the far north of Brazil. When Charles Darwin passed by it, he noted that there wasn’t a single plant growing on the land. To get there, you have to suck it up to the Brazilian scientists or get on the very occasional trans-Atlantic cruise that passes by it.

Paracel Islands, China- Asia

These islands and reefs in the South China Sea are occupied by China, but claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. They are being rapidly developed to increase the validity of China’s claim over it. Cruises from the Chinese mainland were launched in 2013 but is not accessible by non-Chinese residents. You might get there in a private yacht, but only if you aren’t caught by the Chinese authorities before you reach the islands.

Tromelin Island, France- Indian Ocean

The Island on the Indian Ocean is 450 km east of the Madagascar and is a nesting site to turtles and booby birds. It is also home to a small weather station and base to meteorologists once in a while, on what they call their hardship postings. To get there, all you have to do is beg a team of amateur radio enthusiasts for a place on their expedition, which are rarely granted permits themselves.

Navassa Island, US- North and Central America

With an area of just 5.4 km, the Navassa Island is a patch of land without any inhabitants or a landing site. The US controls it as an unincorporated territory managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service, while Haiti claims it. Visiting permits are required and rarely given, but if you happen to land on the island, all you’ll see is an abandoned lighthouse and a few lizards.

Desventuradas Island, Chile-South America

This island is about the size of Monaco, but split over four islands. It is 850 km west of the South American mainland; its naval station and runway being the most important signs of human impact. Otherwise, it’s full of loud birds and the largest marine protected area in America.

Nenetsia, Russia- Europe

Placed above the Arctic Circle, Nenetsia is a par of northern Russia with very few roads. Icebreakers and snowmobiles are transports while locals are reindeer herders or oil/gas drillers. The last major land mass to be explored on Earth, Novaya Zemlya, is a part of Nenetsia and has quite a number of polar bears living there.

 

 

 

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