It’s easy to forget how vast the world really is, and how tough some people really have it. There are people out there that live much different lives than we do, far away from any other towns or cities. These inaccessible and rough places are too far from medical attention, regular supplies of food, and basically anything we consider normal for civilized living.
There are places in the world that are unknown by some, which others call home. It’s important to stop and think about how the world is a big place, and it doesn’t just revolve around you. There are places we never learned about in school, and places that we can’t spot on a map – not to mention people we have yet to meet. Here are 10 remote inhabited places you never knew existed!
10. Socotra Island, Yemen
Socotra Island may be remote, but it is home to about 40,000 people. The island is located on the Indian Ocean, south of the Arabian Peninsula. Socotra is extremely isolated, which causes the creation of new species of plants because it is so far away from other plant-life. Socotra is often referred to as alien-looking, because of the different types of odd and colorful trees that grow all over the island.
9. La Rinconada, Peru
At 17,000 ft above sea level, La Rinconada is considered to be the highest city in the world. Located in the Peruvian Andes near a gold mine, La Rinconada has over 30,000 inhabitants, who are all in the gold mining business. All the homes are built on the permanently frozen glacier and the city has no plumbing or sewage system, not to mention the high rate of mercury poisoning because of the mining practices.
8. Medog County, China
In all of China, Medog, located in the region of Tibet, has to be the most remote county, being the only one not accessible by road until a highway was built in 2013. The 10,000 people that live in Medog County had to have their supplies carried in and out by hand. There have been other attempts to build highways, but mudslides or earthquakes have taken them down.
7. Longyearbyen, Norway
Longyearbyen is a territory located in Norway. The 2,000 residents of this small town have to go through periods of continuous daylight or constant darkness, because it rests above the Arctic The Global Seed Vault is located there, an underground storage space that holds all the different types of plant seeds in world, just in case there is a global catastrophe and we are in need of them.
6. Easter Island, Polynesia
When you think of Easter Island, no doubt the big rock-faced statues come to mind. The Moai line the beaches of the island and were carved 500 years ago by the first people to live there. Currently the island, of volcanic origin, holds a population of about 5,000 people and the closest town is over 2,000 kilometers away.
5. Lajamanu, Australia
There are many remote locations in the Australian Outback, one of them being Lajamanu. About 700 people live in the small town, a town that contains one single store that has food delivered to it once a week. The town was originally formed by the Australian government as a means to control an overcrowded population in the country.
4. Kake, Alaska
Home to around 650 people, Kake is a small fishing village located in the Alaskan wilderness. The only way to get to and from this isolated location is by air or by boat. There are no roads, which can be a huge issue for these inhabitants because emergency response usually takes around a day and a half.
3. Bakhtia, Siberia
Bakhtia has no running water, no telephones, and no access to medical help. Not only that, but the town has below freezing temperatures all year round. You can only visit Bakhtia by boat or helicopter when weather allows. The 300 people that live in this Siberian community rely on hunting dogs to help them catch their food. They trap, fish, and forage for root vegetables to survive.
2. Tristan da Cunha, South Africa
Only 270 people live in Tristan da Cunha, known for being the most remote island in the world. Everyone on the island shares the work and the profits. This communal sense of family is what keeps Tristan da Cunha thriving. It rains 20 days out of the month, there is only one single road on the entire island, you have to order your groceries months in advance from the local store, and all the electricity on the island is supplied by generators only.
1. Palmerston, Cook Islands
The 60 inhabitants of Palmerston, off the coast of the Cook Islands, are all descendants of a single ancesto. Far off the coast of the Cook Islands, these people have to get their supplies from a single ship that comes only twice a year due to terrible conditions out on the water. There are only two phones on the island and Internet works only four hours a day. The people of the small community also have to deal with having electricity for only two hours a day.