From Greece to the South Pacific, 5 Places to REALLY Get Away From it All
You’ll need a special visa and XY chromosomes to enter Mount Athos, Greece. (Dave Proffer/Flickr)
1. Mount Athos, Greece
Eastern Orthodox monks have lived on the remote Greek peninsula since the 4th century. It’s accessible only by ferry, and only men — who must apply for a special Byzantine visa — are allowed to visit. Athos is so removed from modernity that monks still keep Byzantine time.
Tristan da Cunha (Photo: Michael Clarke/Flickr)
2 . Tristan da Cunha
More than 1,700 miles from the South African coast, this Atlantic island is so isolated that mail arrives only once a year. (Which is odd, since many of the island’s 270 residents make a living selling postage stamps.) With such little contact with the outside world, residents still speak a patois of 19th-century English.
Nauru (Photo: Tatters/Flickr)