Getting off grid

Credit to Dino Olivieri: Mountains from Sky, the Alps

There is nothing quite like travelling to a big city. Metropolis from New York to Tokyo attract new visitors every day, with people looking to get lost in their noise, lights and fervour.

There are, however, occasions when travellers seek something a little bit more introspective and the chance to get off the beaten track. This week we preview some of the most remote destinations around, taking in everything from sun drenched secluded beaches to still underexplored mountain passages.

Lord Howe Island, Australia

This crescent shaped island is a two-hour flight northeast of Sydney and just seven miles in length. It is famous for its white sands, dense fauna, spectacular diving and the emerald mountains that bookend it. There is just one main street and a clutch of small hotels, allowing visitors to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of the main land and enjoy the island’s sun, sand and surf.

Tusheti, Georgia

Don’t go to Tusheti if you’re afraid of heights. Hidden in the Caucasus Mountains, the region is home to a clutch of villages that cling to steep slopes, which are as picturesque as they are precarious. In an age when even the highest mountains seem well-trodden Tusheti is something of a blast from the past. With little by way of infrastructure there are innumerable opportunities for wild camping and climbing and even hardened-adventurers are sure to find something in this mysterious region.

Antioquia, Colombia

In recent years Colombia has become an increasingly popular spot on the backpacking trail, but mountainous Antioquia, nestled in the country’s northeast, remains under explored. Although home to the major city of Medellin, much of Antioquia is difficult to access thanks to a mix of mountains and dense fauna. For exploration, Guatape generally forms a good base with hiking, rock-climbing and water-sports all available locally. Be sure to indulge in as much coffee as possible, Antioquia is famous for it.

Keahiakawelo, Hawaii

Keahiakawelo is home to a landscape like no other: a tundra of red dust and rocks set against a backdrop of pure blue skies. Unsurprisingly, it is known locally as ‘the garden of the gods’ thanks to its otherworldliness. Accessible only via four-wheel-drive visitors will need to plan their trip in advance, however, this being Hawaii, it is only a (relatively) short drive to some fantastic beaches and the city of Lanai, home of some of the best food, hotels and golf courses in the state,

Namje, Nepal

There are no roads into Namje, only a clutch of winding footpaths, which offer up views of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth-tallest peak. Even getting to this point is an endeavour, involving a flight from Kathmandu to Birantnagar followed by a sixty-plus minute drive. Namje’s isolation has rendered its culture unique. Animism and spiritualism are still strongly practised with sacred sites like burial sites and shrines proving a noteworthy attraction for visitors. Namje’s many trekking paths have also made it an attractive destination for hikers seeking to enjoy an untouched corner of Nepal.

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