During and after the Coronavirus a new type of Travel will become popular - Isolated Travel. These are the top 10 best Isolated Travel destinations.
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So as Tourism starts to pick itself up off the boxing mat after being kicked around by the coronavirus most of us are suffering from a serious case of cabin fever!
Until a vaccine is available not just in our neck of the woods but all over the world - or at least where you'd like to travel, you're going to want to be a little more selective of your wanderlust destinations.
Hike the Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) ranging from Maine all the way to Georgia. 3 million people visit the Trail every year and over 3,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the entire footpath every year. You can see some incredible wildlife along the way like Black Bear, Moose, Coyote, Red Fox, Bald Eagles & many other mammals, birds and reptiles. In fact the trail boasts more than 2,000 rare, threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant and animal species. You can hike for the day or spend a few days hiking overnighting at campsites and shelters.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Discover these amazing protected primates in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as you're guided by professional rangers through the lush jungle. There are fewer than 900 mountain gorillas in existence. There are only 2 places in the world where Mountain Gorillas live and #Bwindi has half of them. By taking a tour you support the locals who appreciate your tourist dollars and this helps them sustain a different income besides poaching the Gorillas.
Discover Waikato, New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the lucky countries that has emerged from the Coronavirus pandemic almost unscathed. Their infection rates are some of the lowest in the entire world. Waikato boasts some impressive attractions such as the famous Glowworms of Waitomo Caves , Hobbiton Movie Set where Lord of the Rings was filmed and the impressive Hamilton Gardens.
The Kingdom of #Bhutan is located in the Eastern #Himalayas and borders Tibet. Popular things to do include white water river rafting, trekking, mountain biking and experiencing the culture at the Buddhist monasteries. Expect to pay a few hundred dollars a day as this is the law to prevent too many tourists from entering this small country. Because of this you won't find a more uncrowded destination and perfect for safe, isolated travel.
Petit St. Vincent
Located in the southern tip of the Grenadines is the secluded, stunning 115-acre tropical island which operates as an eco-friendly boutique luxury resort. With just 22 spacious one bedroom cottages and two bedroom beach villas. The island has no telephones, wifi or televisions. In fact it is so private that the best way to communicate with the island staff is to use their signature flag system. The yellow flag signals for room service, transportation, or a special request and the red flag for privacy.
Safari by Canoe - Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of #Africa is a swampy inland delta that includes the #Moremi Game Reserve. The seasonal flooding attracts scores of wildlife including 200,000 large mammals that can be viewed on safari. #Botswana like many other African countries has been shielded from much of the chaos of #Covid-19. Not to mention its very small population of 2 million for a country roughly the size of Texas.
Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia, Turkey
Chances are you've seen Instagram images of this iconic region. Apart from the natural erosion which has carved out the rock to create these immense and inspiring forms, 1000's of years ago humans also carved out chambers and tunnels creating a complex network, an underground village. A great way to see this landscape of cones, pillars, pinnacles, mushrooms, and chimneys is by hot air balloon.
Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
Ah, Alaska! - you would be hard-pressed to find a more isolated and secluded part of America. But this rugged and wild state boasts America's northernmost national park thats roughly the same size as Belgium (an entire country in Europe for those who failed Geography). Located above the Artic circle this national park is the least visited park in the US and so its perfect for our Isolated Travel list. How to get there? Well you have 2 options fly or walk, we think we'll opt for flying and use the local bush pilot service that leaves from Fairbanks to Anaktuvuk Pass an Eskimo village, where your adventure begins.
Experience Wild Madagascar
No its not just a good family movie - its a weird and whacky country just off Africa filled with the most amazing animals. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world and with only 350,000 visitors per year you are guaranteed isolated travel. Check out the upside down trees - Baobabs, and our favorite character from the movie - Lemurs. But thats not all the country boasts amazing beaches at Nosy Be and Île Sainte Marie, Jagged peaks at Tsingy park, and whale watching from June to November note to mention many other wild attractions. The roads are notoriously bad which limits tourists - but thats good for us who want isolated travel right!
Mexico’s Espíritu Santo Island
Espiritu Santo Island is a Natural Protected Area declared a World Heritage Site and consists of 244 Sea of Cortez islands. There are no roads, no bridges and no permanent human population and most visitors are day visitors so if you stay in one of the eco-camps you will be one of the few. The islands are known for their great snorkelling and diving - with swimming beside sea lion colonies being one of the top attractions.
Travel may never be the same again, certainly from an element of flying and queuing up for things. Whether destinations, attractions, hotels and experiences force these changes or whether you take your own precautions - travel is an essential element of happiness and fulfilment for many of us, so finding the new normal is going to be a challenge we actively participate in. Isolated travel makes sense now and probably for the next few months and it just might open our minds to some stunning new travel options. If you think of any other destinations that should make it onto this list - let us know in the comments below.