15 Travels Destinations “So Difficult” To Visit They’re Worthy of Your Bucket List
Sometimes, you have to “risk it for the biscuit” (as we say in South Africa) which travelers often do to get to a beautiful or bucket-list destination. These 15 off-the-beaten-track destinations are so challenging to get to that it’s an achievement when you reach them.
1. Sam Ford Sound, Canada
Sam Ford Sound, known as the “Yosemite of the North,” is an incredibly isolated Arctic fjord on Baffin Island. The most common way to explore this part of the island is via cruise ship, which can be pretty pricey.
Yemen, and Socotra in particular, are rich in natural beauty. However, the humanitarian crisis has made visiting the country too dangerous for travelers.
3. Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific
Pitcairn Island is a British Overseas Territory in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean with less than 50 residents. With no airfield or proper harbor, the only way to get to Pitcairn is by boat. Small rafts then collect passengers and freight deliveries from the ships, and if the sea conditions are bad, you don’t get to visit.
4. Torngat Mountains National Park in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Torngat Mountains National Park is a land of small glaciers, mountains, caribou, and polar bears. There are no roads, signs telling you where to go, or campgrounds. Parks Canada recommends that visitors engage the services of a trained Inuit polar bear guide when hiking in the park. Before going, you will need the correct equipment, to register with park officials, and a plan.
Although you can take several cruise liners to see Antarctica, they are all pricey. If that’s a bucket-list item for you, lots of planning and saving need to go into visiting Antarctica. One way to see more of this ice block of a country is to get a job down there.
Explore the ancient ruins of Nineveh, Babylon, and Nippure, swim across the Euphrates, and meet the friendly people of Iraq. Although some travelers have gone and raved about the beauty of Iraq and its people, this war-ridden country is quite dangerous.
7. Chiribiquete National Natural Park, Colombia
Chiribiquete National Natural Park is part of the Colombian Amazon and is home to three tribes. It is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and stunning to see. However, only those granted a scientific license are allowed to visit.
This country is notorious for being difficult to enter, especially for visitors who travel by vehicle. The best option is obtaining a Turkmenistan Transit Visa, which is also quite challenging. With this visa, travelers are given a 5-day pass to get from the entry to the exit point, with no detours.
9. Tristan da Cunha
Tristan da Cunha is the world’s most remote inhabitant island. It sits between the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and South Atlantic Current and is a land and sea biodiversity hotspot. The only way to travel to the island is via a ship from Cape Town. Permission from the Island Council is required, and you should have a police certificate on hand when you arrive.
10. El Mirador, Guatamala
This remote part of Guatemala boasts lush green jungles and ancient Mayan ruins. There are only two ways to get there: on foot or by helicopter. It’s a five-day hike if you choose to walk to the site.
11. North Sentinel Island, India
North Sentinel Island has green forests and blue beaches, the perfect holiday destination. That is apart from the fact that this island is illegal to visit. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Act bans travel to the island; this is to protect the tribal community from contracting diseases that they have not been exposed to.
The inhabitants have also been known to harm visitors, so this island is definitely not the “risk it to get the biscuit” kind of destination.
12. Myanmar (Burma)
One traveler describes Myanmar as, “One of the most untouched cultures in South East Asia.” This beautiful country experienced a coup in 2021, and the Myanmar military has cracked down on those who oppose its rule, making it a dangerous place to visit.
13. Democratic Republic of Congo
The indigenous cultures, geological wonders, and incredible wildlife reserves are why travelers visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Foreigners face the risk of kidnappings and attacks, and it is advised that travelers consult professional security advice before going.
There are more than twice as many pyramids in Sudan than in Egypt, and those who have visited them say it’s worth it. Unfortunately, most international flights no longer land in Sudan, and traveling to this country is extremely dangerous.
15. Kerguelen Islands
This natural paradise of cliffs, waterfalls, and mountains is inhabited only by 45 – 100 French scientists, researchers, engineers, and soldiers. To get to the Kerguelen Islands, fly from Paris to Reunion Island and then take a ship that sails to the island over 28 days.
No Second Chance: 15 Travel Destinations Around the World That “Failed To Impress”
There’s nothing worse than being psyched up for a trip only to be let down when you get there. These are 15 travel destinations around the world that failed to impress the travelers who visited.
The Grass is Greener: 14 Things Other Countries Get To Do That Americans Do Not
Freedom and limitless opportunities are advantages of living in the United States. Unfortunately, not all countries have access to these benefits. However, some populations worldwide have amenities that Americans do not have. Here’s what members of an online message board characterize America as lacking.
10 Ugliest Cities in Europe According to the Europeans Who Live There
I’ll preface this article by saying that everyone’s priorities are different when choosing a place to live or visit. Inquisitive about the world, someone asked a popular online travel forum for examples of the “ugliest cities” in each reader’s European country. If you’re curious yourself, here are the top-voted answers based on personal opinions from travelers and locals.
20 Most Dangerous Countries in the World Americans Should Avoid in 2023
Wanderlust may take you all over the world, but some countries are too dangerous to visit, and knowing which are best avoided in 2023 could keep you safe.
Let’s take a closer look at a list of the most dangerous countries in the world based on data from the World Population Review.
15 Countries That Serve up the BEST Street Food Experiences
There’s something about the vibrance of street food, the richness in flavor, and the rawness of surrounding cultural scenes. Not only is street food more affordable for travelers, but it grants a more authentic experience since this is where natives also gather and convene.
With that said, here are 15 countries serving up the best street food experiences, as voted on by an online foodie forum.
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