Top places you would never visit but should
Whether it is how remote the destination is or maybe it is just a difficult place to get a visa, these are the top places you would be unlikely to visit be we think it’s worth the trip. Enjoy!
One of the last true wildernesses on earth, it is remote, cold and expensive to get to but also one of the most beautiful and unspoilt places to see! Most expeditions here happen during the Antarctic summer, from November to January. It is possible to take a cruise ship from Ushuaia in Argentina or Punta Arenas in Chile, and these take two days to get to the Antarctic Peninsula.
You won’t be disappointed. It is an awe-inspiring place and you have the chance to see penguins, whales, seals and pelicans. For die-hard explorers you can join a land expedition and trek to the South Pole and even see Emperor penguins. Be aware that land expeditions here can cost up to £30,000 each though. I would start saving now!
Difficult to get to not so much because it is in the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas but because the number of visitors is restricted each year.Tourism started here in 1974, when the government decided to raise revenues and promote the country’s rich heritage and unique traditions to the rest of the world. It also guards these fiercely so tourism is heavily restricted. One of the top attractions here is the monastery, Taktshang (Tiger's Nest), perched on the cliff in the Paro Valley. It has stood there for over a thousand years and is a sacred place to Buddhists.
This is a fascinating group of remote islands in the Pacific Island that are hard to get to and hard to get between. The archipelago state’s most famous island is Kiritimati Island (or Christmas Island, although completely different to the island that shares its name in the Indian Ocean). It was the first place to welcome in the new millennium in 1999 as it is on the date line. It has also become known as one of the best places in the world for diving and fishing. Recently, it has been nominated as one of the best surfing spots in the world.
The Amazon Rainforest
It’s remote and hard to plan a trip here but if you manage it, you will find one of the most incredible natural wonders on earth. This is the biggest forest on the planet with a wealth of rare and beautiful wildlife and it is actually shared by nine different countries, the largest being in Brazil.
Tourism is increasing gradually but people are kept away for fear of tropical diseases like Malaria and Yellow fever, although both of these can be vaccinated against. The infrastructure is not set up for tourism here but if you come here the best thing to do is hire a local guide with a boat and plan your own expedition. This is expensive but means it is possible to go deep into the forest and experience life in the rainforest. Something most people never get to do. Specialised travel agencies that can help you do this are found in Brazil. You can also travel in small groups on your own but this is not recommended!
Known as the rooftop of the world, this beautiful and infamous mountain has become much more visited in recent years but is still incredibly challenging and it claims lives every year. It is in fact the Earth’s highest mountain (although fifith tallest from the centre of the Earth). Located in the Himalayas it sits between Nepal and China.
This is the ultimate mountain expedition, the window of opportunity to climb it is short – May and November are the best times - and you must come prepared if you are going on to climb to the summit. There are two main routes, one from Nepal in the South-East (the standard route) and one from the North in Tibet. The extreme weather, altitude sickness and avalanches are dangers here but the supreme goal still remains to reach the top.
It is an expensive trip as well as a dangerous one but we still rate this one of the ultimate trips you can do.