Where to go next...? (Alastair Humphreys)

The 10 best places I have never been to

7th March 2011

List blogs are generally an excuse for the author to show off about something or other... Not this one

Alastair Humphreys

Today I am writing more of a wish list or a To Do list: the places that I have not been to but which I really, really want to get to one day. We all have those exotic places we yearn for, our own personal Timbuktus. Here are mine:

1. The Australian Outback

Inspired by John Muir's epic walk there and tantalising routes such as the Canning Stock Route, I am desperate for that red earth and vast skies.

2. The Empty Quarter

Another desert choice, but a very different desert. Spanning Yemen, Oman and Saudi Arabia, this is Thesiger's desert. A harsh, beautiful proving ground.

3. Antarctica

The only continent I have not visited. Pristine (except for the massive American base and gift shop at the South Pole). Increasing numbers of cruise ships and adventure tourists, plus now being able to look at Antarctica on Google Street View mean that I need to get there (and away from the crowded spots there) before my dream landscape fades to disillusionment in my mind.

4. Mali, and West Africa in general

I have spent a couple of years in Africa but virtually none of that has been in West Africa which is so different to the rest of the continent.

5. Iran

I spent 6 weeks once trying to persuade Iranian border officials to let me in. They declined. So this gracious, beautiful country with such a critical geopolitical role to play in the next few years remains on my wish list.

6. Afghanistan

Years ago I set off on a journey to Afghanistan. Before I reached the border 9/11 happened and the world changed. One day, one day...

7. Norway

I love mountains, rivers, and fjords. But I've never been to Norway. This must change! It's only a couple of hours away.

 

8. Easter Island

But only if I could arrive there by sailing boat. Flying to Easter Island seems to totally remove its aura of extraordinary isolation. The folly of man and thousands of miles of empty ocean all around.

9. The wide-open, empty parts of America

Kerouac and Steinbeck. Monument Valley dawns and deserted late-night roadside diners, stewed coffee and faded waitresses with life stories to tell.

10. Oh, I'd quite like to go to Timbuktu as well...

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 Your Comments (5)

  • 7th March by TammyB

    Antarctica and Easter Island, for sure. (By the way, totally didn't know you could Google Street View Antarctica!) Also, in no particular order: Mongolia, Chile, Galapagos Islands, Greece, Russia, Peru, Cook Islands, Egypt... wait, I can only pick 10?


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  • 7th March by Daisy Cropper

    Hey TammyB,

    Thanks for your suggestions! My list just keeps on growing too! More people have told us what their top ten is on the myWanderlust forum... More

    We covered Antarctica getting Google Street View in a news story back in October: 'Google Street View proves popular for travellers'


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  • 11th March by Mars

    Timbuktu is in Mali! Duplication stations!


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  • 17th November by jamesivan

    The Australian outback is one of the greatest and most wonderful places I have been to. I belong to a <a href="http://www.bestdissertations.com/">custom dissertation services</a> and travel occasionally. But, whenever I do, I choose to go to the most different places on Earth.


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  • 17th November by jamesivan

    The Australian outback is one of the greatest and most wonderful places I have been to. I belong to a <a href="http://www.bestdissertations.com/">custom dissertation services</a> and travel occasionally. But, whenever I do, I choose to go to the most different places on Earth.


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