As of 2010, this city in the west Aleutian islands had a population of only 326, but what it lacks in people it more than makes up for in charm. Adak is part of the island strip that extends out from the westernmost part of the United States towards Russia, and that geographical situation made it an ideal spot for Aleutian hunters to trade furs with 19th century Russian entrepreneurs. Even more interestingly, Adak served as a submarine surveillance center during the Cold War, keeping an eye on our borders. Since the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard installations that once grounded the town have downsized, much of the local infrastructure has crumbled, but the heart of the city remains. Hunting and fishing are still a part of the local way of life, and the landscape around the town is well worth the difficult trek there.
If island vacations appeal to your sense of escapism, a trip to Adamstown in the Pitcairn Islands will suit you just fine. Peace and quiet are in abundance here, with only 50 full-time residents around to possibly interrupt the lulling sound of the waves and occasional ocean bird, and its remote location to protect you from random unwelcome visitors. The good news? This UK territory recently got satellite TV, so you can keep up with your shows between dips in the South Pacific ocean. The bad news? There are no hotels on the island and no airport, so prepare yourself for a sea journey and arrange to stay with friends (step one: make friends with someone who lives in Adamstown) or take your chances by pitching a tent.
Easter Island is one of those storybook-like locales that makes an appearance on almost every travel buff’s bucket list, but never seems to get crossed off. Why is that? Chances are, it has a lot to do with this fantasy island’s remote location. Hanga Roa’s 3,302 inhabitants embody the calm, easy-going lifestyle that epitomizes island life, so marketing their little water-locked oasis is probably not high on their list. Still, if you can make it to this spot, some 3,7000 kilometers from the country’s capital of Chile, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of the breathtaking large stone heads, called moai, that are the basis of more myths and captivating legends than we can count.