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No Man is an Island: Traveling Remotely

May 28th, 2014 by Jason Hartman | Comments Off on No Man is an Island: Traveling Remotely

JS0511Perhaps you’re a long time Survivor fan or someone looking for something a little different in terms of travel experience. When the hustle and bustle of the city just won’t do, it may be time to think about setting sail for somewhere few have every been—a remote island where even a busy guy like Jason Hartman can really unplug.

Below you’ll be able to find (which is no small task) an inside look at a few of the most remote places on the planet.

Bear Island

Located 400 miles off of the northern coast of Europe, Bear Island is 150 miles from any other bit of land (and even then, it is an island). The piece of land has been a nature reserve since 2002, in part because of its history of unsuccessful occupation.  The island boasts barren cliffs, hardly any rain, and radioactive waste from the wreckage of a nearby nuclear submarine.

If, by some chance, you still want to go there, it won’t be that difficult. Daily flights will get you to the coast from many places in Europe and then you’ll charter a boat. Simple, right?


This uninhabited island is located 1,000 miles from Antarctica and is covered in large part by a glacier. It has sheer cliffs, an ice packed sea, and no neighbors that are even remotely close. Traveling there is appealing if only because it isn’t allowed—the island is a nature reserve and blocked by Norwegian authorities.

Plus, there are no ports or harbors, and landing an airplane with no runway might be difficult. No one goes to this island, save a group of radio operators in 1900 who made it for 16 days.

Tristan da Cunha

This island is located 1,750 miles from South Africa and sits all by itself in the south Atlantic. The nearest landmass (aside from South Africa) is South America—2,000 miles away. This chain, while remote, is inhabited. They aren’t that comfortable though—in 1961, every inhabitant had to be evacuated to England following a volcanic eruption.

But even if you want to get there, you’re going to have to put in some work. There are no hotels, airports. Clubs, restaurants, swimming. You’ll have to clear your arrival through the island’s council, get a police certificate, and wait 40 days.

Do you consider travel to a remote island a luxury vacation away from the craziness of modern life? Let us know below!

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