There is a difference between going away and getting away.
Islands crowded by shipped-in tourists hardly seem relaxing when you’re beach towel to beach towel with a stranger. These destinations will provide the R&R you desperately need, minus the crazy crowds. Like, the Faroe Islands will scratch your itch for a nature-filled adventure. Composed of 18 islands off the coast of Northern Europe, this cluster of islands is filled with postcard-perfect towns composed of colorful clapboard houses overlooking rocky waters. Heimaey Island, Iceland is home to the largest puffin population in the world; in the summer, puffins outnumber humans 1,777 to 1.
Sitting pretty in the far east of the Mediterranean, about 30 miles off the Turkish coast, Ikaria is home to the oldest people on the planet. Flores Island, Azores, Portugal. With just fewer than 4,000 inhabitants, this island is named for its flower-covered landscape. Thailand. As one of the last untouched islands in the Andaman Sea, Koh Yao Yai is the perfect destination for white sandy beaches and lush terrain ideal for hiking. Located 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile, Easter Island is probably best known for its incredible archeological sites containing more than 900 statues dating back as far as the 13th century.
Known as the Unspoiled Queen, this very friendly, little-known Caribbean island is home to the shortest airstrip in the world. If you aren’t a fan of tiny planes, Saba also has an active port. Its name literally meaning “behold the coconut,” Niue is most well known for snorkeling amid beautiful coral reefs and sightings of humpback whales during their migration in July and October. And if you’re looking for a remote getaway Stateside, Ocracoke is your paradise. As an island that is only accessible by air or boat, it’s a little more desolate than the rest of the Outer Banks. Pro tip: Keep an eye out for a gang of wild ponies running along the sandy beaches (yes, really). Also, two other remote spots left for you to search out… Mmmmmm.
Article credit: Hannah Huber
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