Holidaying in the middle of nowhere has become the next big thing in travel.
There’s going away, and then there’s going away. Seeking isolation in remote locations appears to be the latest travel trend, with Hotels.com reporting an 18% increase in searches for off-the-grid destinations in 2018.
It seems busy cities and bustling beach resorts are taking more of a backseat today, as we no longer want to follow the crowds, but avoid them – and we’ll go a long way to do it.
The booking site recently released stats showing that customers are searching for remote locations more and more, and that queries for one destination in particular, Greenland, have increased over 50% compared with 2017.
The autonomous Danish island sits at the very northern reaches of Europe within the Arctic Circle and is enjoying a tourism boom, as other nations in the region such as Iceland and Norway have been criticised for over-tourism.
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On pristine Greenland, polar bears roam across icy plains, and whales breach the waters that surround its dramatic coastline. The country is home to just 56,000 people, and has one of the most remote hotels in the world – the Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse, which is now bookable on Hotels.com.
It takes three planes and a helicopter to get there, and for the month of March, the booking site is footing 99% of the bill, so now you can bag yourself a remote break for a bargain.
It’s not just remote hotels that are drawing intrepid travellers, though. Airbnb recently announced a partnership with What3Words, a technology company who have mapped every single 3×3 metre square in the world and given it a three-word address.
Now, as part of their new initiative to make remote corners of the world even more accessible, you can stay in the wilds of Mongolia with a family of nomadic reindeer herders and easily locate their tents using the three-word address. It changes regularly, but earlier this year they were camping at ///settings.holly.stereo.
The world’s most remote places to stay
Alongside the Mongolian Airbnb and Greenland’s Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse, here are a few more incredible remote places to stay around the world:
On an island strung out from the east coast of Canada, this striking inn is tricky to reach, but well worth the effort.
Set within the gorgeous forests of Alaska’s Wrangell St Elias National Park, there’s nowhere quite like the government-run cabins in this stunning wilderness.
A long way from anywhere, Feline Fields is an idyllic African escape. You’re far more likely to see a passing lion than any other people when you’re shacked up here.