From a monastery perched on a 131-foot rock pillar to an isolated island in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, we explore some of the most isolated places on the planet. These dreamy locations make for the perfect getaway.
Forced isolation isn’t much fun, but there are some places that pride themselves on how remote they actually are. These destinations are, by definition, harder to visit than your average resort. But in return, they offer the sort of experience that makes us yearn to travel once more. It’s never too soon to start planning your next trip, and in the meantime, let Culture Trip take you there virtually.
One of the scariest places imaginable is a monastery on a limestone monolith in Georgia. The only way to access it is by climbing a ladder, something that the lone resident does twice a week. The Katskhi pillar is home to an Orthodox church and a monk, who has lived there for over 20 years. Locals from the surrounding villages have helped restore the religious buildings, but if you do plan to visit, you will only be able to see it from the ground.
If you want to stay somewhere cut off from the rest of the world, the ‘floating’ tree houses of the Dominican Republic are the ultimate holiday destination. On the other side of the world, if you make your way through the forests of northern Spain, you will find the Lighthouse of San Emeterio. This incredible building sits on the rugged coastline, making it difficult to approach from any route.
Or head to Thailand, where you can get some peace and quiet on the mountaintop pagodas of Wat Chalermprakiat. Even by the high standards of other temples in the country, this one in the Lampang Province stands out thanks to its stunning location.
If you thought that was remote, then how about a trip to the most remote inhabited island in the world? The infamous Pitcairn Islands can be found in the South Pacific Ocean, and have fewer than 100 permanent residents, some of whom are descended from mutineers who left the Bounty.
Finally, we have one of the best camping experiences we’ve ever seen. The Mongolian yurts in the grassland steppes of Asia are worth trekking to for the unforgettable views. Based on the nomadic settlements that Mongolians have lived in for centuries, you can chose your own level of comfort to suit your taste. Will you go for something basic or is it glamping under the stars that appeals?