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Have You Seen This? The most difficult places to visit on Earth

POSTED: March 16, 2017 9:19 a.m.
Angie Treasure/

A video released by RealLifeLore on YouTube shows us that the globe is not quite as accessible as it may seem.

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WORLDWIDE — We like to think that in the modern era of air travel there’s nowhere we can’t visit with a semi-painless plane ride, especially if armrest etiquette is observed.

Well, a video released by RealLifeLore on YouTube shows us that the globe is not quite as accessible as it may seem.

In 1914, a map was created that estimated travel times with the presupposed home base of London, England. At that time, most of Europe could be reached in under five days, but more exotic locales like Australia or Asia took a month or so to get to. Now, most travel times from jolly ol’ England are half a day, with the most being approximately 24 hours.

That is, unless you want to go somewhere really exotic.

Take Pitcairn Island (yeah, I’ve never heard of it either), a territory of the United Kingdom smack dab in the middle of the expansive Pacific Ocean. This tropical isle has a population of 49 people, but hey! They’ll give you land if you decide to move there.

The only problem? There’s no airport, so you have to get there by boat. And the boat only leaves every three months. If you timed it all perfectly, you would get there in about two and a half days.

If your favorite ocean is the Indian, you could go to the Kerguele Islands, or the chipper-ly nicknamed “Desolation Islands,” which are more than 2,000 miles from Madagascar.

If mountains and volcanoes are more your thing, head to Antarctica to visit Mt. Sidley, which hasn’t been summited in seven years, and is in such a remote location in Marie Byrd Land that it’s unclaimed by any sovereign country.

Then, there’s a whole list of the world’s most challenging mountains to climb; K2 — the second tallest peak in the world — has only been summited by 300 people and never in the winter. Annapurna in the Himalayas is even more dangerous and has only been climbed by 191 brave souls.

Be sure to watch the video and learn about all the world’s most remote locations. Which would you rather travel to: A remote island or an untouched mountain peak? Tell us in the comments.

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