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Want to Really Get Away? These Are the Most Remote Places on Earth

There are nearly seven-and-a-half billion people on this floating little blue marble we call home, and sometimes all anybody wants, more than anything else, is to simply get the hell away from all of them. It’s not that you hate everyone–well, maybe we all feel that way occasionally, on our worst days/Mondays after a vacation–it’s just that once in a while, we want to be alone. Really alone. Like, the most alone anyone could possibly be. But since Elon Musk hasn’t quite figured out how to get us to a human-less planet yet (slacker), we’re stuck here. Together.

However, don’t despair, our isolation-seeking friends, because it turns out that there are still some places right here on earth that you can go to when you want to get away from it all–and more importantly away from everybody–including a location so remote the closest humans to it are actually in outer space.

martian1Not quite that far away. Unfortunately. (Image: 20th Century Fox)

The YouTube channel RealLifeLore, who previously explained to us why everything we know about the world map is wrong, is back with a new video telling us all of the places we can head to if we are hoping to get as far away as possible from every other human on the planet.

Maybe you don’t want to be alone-alone; you just want to get away from the modern world as we know it, and live some place where you don’t have to worry about things like sitting in traffic, or standing in line for a latte, or whether or not your very presence is completely inconsequential to everyone around you. If that’s the case you would head to Tristan Da Cunha, “the most remote place in the world that is actually inhabited by people,” with a population of only 264. Located almost 1,500 miles away from the coast of Africa, its nearest human neighbors are located on the island of St. Helena, 1,243 miles north in the Atlantic Ocean. (I guess they were saving Tristan Da Cunha in case Napoleon escaped again.) Fair warning, though, if you regretted your move there you’d only have 8-9 chances a year to leave, since it has no airport and that’s how often boats visit.


But maybe 264 nearby residents is 264 too many, and all you want is to walk around in true peace, exploring nature in its best form–devoid of us. Well bundle up because you’re going to want to head to the completely human-free Devon Island, way up north in the Canadian archipelago. At over 21 thousand square miles, it is equivalent in size to Croatia (with its population over four million), but the closest people to you would be at best 50 miles away on a sparsely populated island nearby.

But let’s face it, that’s still part of a vibrant continent, and people might stop by to make sure you were “okay” and not “eaten by bears,” so what about the South Pole? Well the bad news is that there is a permanent research station there now, but you could still wander 546 miles away from it to the single furthest point on the continent away from the ocean. The nice thing about going there is no one would come pestering you with questions about how you froze to death; you’d get to literally rest in peace.

the-shiningSo serene. (Image: Warner Bros.)


But what about the actual most remote location on earth, the place you wish you could magically transport to when you’ve just about had enough of life and everyone in it? That would be a spot in the Pacific Ocean known as Point Nemo. The closest people to it are 1,671 miles away on Easter Island, and the fastest any ship ever just got there still took over 15 days. Point Nemo is so isolated from the rest of humanity that the nearest you would get to other people while floating there would be the astronauts in the International Space Station, as they passed overhead at a maximum distance of 258 miles above the surface of the planet.


Hmm. That is pretty isolated. Check out the video for even more out-of-the-way places.

But just to be safe, we’d still like Elon Musk to figure out how to get us off this planet entirely, since sometimes even 15 days and 1,600 miles is still way too close to deal with other people.

Which of this locales would you most want to visit? Don’t keep it to yourself; tell us in the comments below.

Featured Image: 20th Century Fox
Map Images: RealLifeLore

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