When picking a holiday destination, one of my main requirements it that it be quiet and relaxing. While this doesn’t necessarily mean remote, some of the most relaxing and peaceful places I have visited have also been the most remote. It could simply be, that as the world shrinks with global transport; places off the beaten path retain their allure simply by being harder to reach and little known. I regularly maintain a list of places that I want to go see, from ones I want to revisit to others I simply aspire to go to. In no particular order, here are some of the best places to relax in.
Madagascar might be more familiar to many people from the children’s movie, however it is more than just cartoon characters. As the fourth largest island in the world, it boasts some of the most biologically diverse animals and nature. From endless jungles filled with endangered animals and traditional villages, to the white-sanded beaches and luxury beachside resorts, there is something for everyone. An explosion of nature and exceptional sights at every turn, Madagascar is a truly a place worth visiting more than once.
Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal in Russia is located not far from the Mongolian border and on a previous visit I was astonished by the sight of the lake. While I went in the region’s summer and saw a mostly liquid lake, in winter the ice freezes completely transparent.Containing 20% of the world’s fresh water, the lake is surrounded by a unique culture and pristine mountains, forests and wild rivers. Home to over 2000 species of plants and animals it is something completely unique to this part of the world. While the summer time was warmer, there was little tourist activity and the local resorts were a like a breath of fresh air away from the business of life.
The Easter Islands, Chile
The only place I have yet to visit, the Easter Islands are truly remote with access only through nearby Chile’s national airline. The giant monoliths are widely treasured as the biggest tourist attraction on the islands, however the seemingly barren wilderness is teeming with natural treasures. A friend recommended a local luxury resort which is nestled into the rolling hills and is almost like staying in the green ground itself!
A little closer to home, many people might wonder why I would consider the place a great place to relax. However, Tasmania is separated from Australia by the Bass Strait, making this place cut off from the typical tourism of the mainland. The pristine heritage protected national parks make this one of the most pristine places on earth. I have visited several times, and while I have camped out, when I am truly looking to relax away from the crowd I tend to look for more luxury Tasmania accommodation. My typical activities when visiting Tasmania, always include a visit to the local Hartz mountain national park. While very popular with day tourists, if you choose littler know trails, you can go Ks without meeting anyone else. The few fellow hikers simply nod and allow you to breathe in the peace and quiet of the pristine wilderness.