Essential Tips When Traveling to Some of the Most Remote Places on Earth
There are places that are popular as tourist destinations. Visiting those places won’t be a problem. You can even find reviews online and tips from people who have been there. If you decide to visit remote locations, it might be a bit of a challenge. It is not just because of the lack of direct flights, but also the idea that you cannot easily find tips and reviews online. You have to go for the ride without a clear idea on what could possibly happen along the way and as you arrive. It helps that you prepare well before embarking on this trip.
Consult with an embassy or a foreign office
You should consult local offices first for advice on how to go to those countries or if it is safe to go there in the first place. If no offices are available locally, you can just check the websites for information or even call numbers if available. Some places might be remote, but are safe while others could put you at risk. Some of them might be hiding places for terrorists or could put your health at risk.
Look for an agency
If the place you want to visit has a local agency that arranges the entire trip, it is a good thing. It means that everything will be arranged for you. Even if you don’t want to take the services offered by the agency, you will feel safe knowing that if anything wrong happens along the way, you can just contact the agency for help going back. Otherwise, it could mean that the place is way too remote or expensive for agencies to even dare open services heading there.
Check the flights
Places that are too remote don’t even have direct or connecting flights. You have to stop at a closer airport and take a boat from there. Some of them offer quality boats that are on schedule while others only go to the remote place occasionally. You need to know if it is safe for you to use these modes of transportation. You should also check the price and find out if you can afford the cost to begin with.
Understand the law
You should be aware of the law as in most countries; ignorance of the law is no excuse. You might be in trouble for simple misunderstanding. There are small countries that not just remote, but also hostile to foreigners. You should just not go there if possible. There are also other countries that bar people of opposite sex to stay in the same hotel room if they are not married couples.
Bring everything you need
You might think that these places have stores where you can just buy the items you want. Take note that they are remote. They only live with what has been delivered to them occasionally. There might not even be stores there. You should just bring food and drinks that don’t get spoiled easily. You should also bring your medicines if are under medication. You cannot run back any time just because you are hungry or ill.
Inform your friends
You should inform everyone where you are heading, your flight schedule, itinerary and expected date of return. In the even that you could not return on time, let them know who to contact.
It is a huge challenge going to a place most people have never been to. If you are daring enough, go ahead and push through with these plans.
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