There are lots of things that we would not know about if the pandemic did not happen. With detrimental health consequences and challenges for businesses, it also brought something good, though. Everyone had to adjust to the new normal.
A lot of jobs had to change their approach and become online alternatives. Of course, a dentist cannot fix your cavity through Zoom. Luckily, some businesses had established online networks. Typing ‘pay for paper on Writepaper.com’ did not change. But some jobs found surprisingly innovative solutions.
You are likely to have noticed it if your part-time job changed the format. And of course, you went through many changes in your studies. Zoom lectures and seminars seemed odd in the beginning. But later on, everyone got so used to the new reality. And people started seeing pluses.
The best change that happened is… traveling. I know what you are thinking. COVID only brought restrictions and a whole bunch of paperwork. It did. But the pandemic also gave us an unparalleled opportunity to work and study from any corner of the world.
Of course, it is important to be cautious in order not to get sick/infect someone else. But what if you go to a secluded location for your remote work? To a distant destination where you can continue distance learning? Check out some places you wouldn’t know about if the pandemic did not happen. And if we did not write this article, of course.
This group of islands is part of Yemen. Do you have any guesses why it won the title of ‘the most alien-looking place on Earth’? Dragon’s blood is not a potion from Harry Potter here. And cucumber does not only mean a vegetable here. These are unusual names for unusual trees growing here. Besides, a lot of plants and animals in Socotra can be found only here.
Not just a club, of course. It is the name of the island at the northern tip of Greenland. It owes its name to the Kaffeklubben at the Mineralogical Museum in Copenhagen. The most remote place in Greenland is Ittoqqortoormiit, though. Both places deserve to be on your list to visit during the gap year.
Here is one thing you should know about Danish words. This language likes compound nouns, just like German. The words like to spoon, perhaps because of the cold climate. This is why Scrabble in Denmark is considered an extreme sport. And a number-one cause of wrist injuries.
What is your favorite bird that does not fly? If you are fond of blue peacocks, you should go to India or Sri Lanka. If ostriches are your favorites, visit the residence of the ex-president of Ukraine; he kept a whole farm. But if you adore these awkward birds wearing tuxedo jackets, visit Macquarie Island between New Zealand and Antarctica. There are around 2 million penguins on the island in the high season!
In our search requests, we always go for ‘top visited’ or ‘the most famous’ places. But now you also know the name of the world’s least-visited country. It is a paradise if you do not like crowds of tourists – there are only 160 of them… annually! It may seem there is nothing to do there. But here are some suggestions:
- enjoy the touch of privacy
- watch Australian football with the locals
To see this, you do not need to run to get a visa to Norway. It is an official name for a small Inuit village in Canada. The title has Scandinavian origin, thanks to Otto Sverdrup. The walruses here reminded him of pigs. Not the way they looked, of course. The way they sounded.
You need to be very determined to visit this place. And plan everything in advance too. It is between New Zealand and Peru, right in the Pacific Ocean. When you get to Tahiti, you should take the local flight to Mangareva. Did I mention that it departs only once a week?
After landing, take a boat to Rikitea. The freighter Claymore II sails every third month from there, did I tell you? Oh, and I nearly forgot. You’re in luck if the schedule didn’t change because of COVID-19.
Iya Valley, Shikoku
What does Japan have to offer? Most of the places in this article are distant because of the water surrounding them. But mountains can also envelop the place and make it isolated. Besides, pompous mountain landscapes are breathtaking. And jaw-dropping. Hot springs and waterfalls, green forests, and a vine bridge connecting the sides of the valley are very inspiring.
Tips for Traveling to Remote Places
We are so used to the benefits of civilization that sometimes we forget how to survive without them. If you are planning your journey to a distant location, make sure you know some basic things.
We are not talking about getting from one subway station to another. Even in Tokyo, you can always look up the metro map or ask other passengers. But you are unlikely to see road signs or people in the places we recommended. So enquire in advance how exactly you can get about it. Remember Pitcairn Island?
No connection is a blessing and a touch of privacy. But it can be a big challenge too, especially if you get lost. You are unlikely to have reliable Internet in these remote parts of the world. So make sure you organize a pocket Wi-Fi before departing. It will also be useful in case you need to work or study at some point.
It is difficult to imagine how we lived without power banks. Count how many devices you are taking with you. The minimum would probably include your phone, earbuds, and a camera. So you need at least three power banks. And make sure you charge the chargers.
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