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Best FarFlung Travel Destinations (with the man who’s been everywhere)

Last week I surprised Stefan of Rapid Travel Chai after starting a Facebook live with the format:

We’re going to plan a round the world trip of far-flung destinations.

Stefan has been to 189 countries (of the 193 UN Countries), and on the TCC list (of 325 countries) he has been to 293.

So sitting down and getting to ask him to start naming his favorite far-flung countries was awesome. Since our live-streaming audio was poor, I decided to go ahead and make a post putting text, a map, and pictures to the best far-flung travel destinations we routed as a round-the-world trip.

Interactive version of map below.

Interactive version of map below.

Also if you’re not familiar with TCC, it’s just a club that has a list of more countries than the UN. For example, the UK is 1 country on the UN list, and England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are each their own items on the TCC list.

Or, Indonesia is 1 country on the UN list. But on the TCC list it’s 7 different regions to see – Java, Kalimantan, Lesser Sunda Islands, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Papua, and Moluka.

Which is all to say, Stefan has been nearly everywhere… or will have been everywhere soon.

 

Map of destinations discussed:

 

List of FarFlung Destinations

  • Christmas Island, Kiribati
    • Peaked my interest. A far flung Pacific island is right up my alley! (He recommended getting there via Fiji Airways using Alaska or AA miles).
    • RTC blog post: Christmas Island Fishing.
  • Vanuatu
  • Sri Lanka
    • Sri Lanka is one of my favorite places. It’s beautiful, less traveled, and the food is amazing.
    • TIF blog post & photos: Sri Lanka
    • RTC photo album here (first half is Burma).
  • Bhutan
    • I’ve heard Stefan say a number of times that Bhutan was a very special trip. Right now you have to go via a tour… Which is a annoying, but it also means their tourism is greatly limited, which probably adds to how special it is.
    • RTC photo album here (first half in Bangladesh).
  • China’s northwest
    • I’ve traveled China a bit and have been nowhere near any of these places. Sounds exciting, extremely unique, and less traveled!
    • Ningxia
    • Gansu
      • Dunhuang Grottoes
    • Xingjiang
      • Turpan
      • Kashgar
  • All the “Stans”. 5 ex-sovient Stans are easier. 
    • I’ve also heard Stefan say before that Turkmenistan was one of his favorite places. But Maybe it’s just because he got a sweet photo over the Gates of Hell.
    • RTC photos here.
  • Iran, Iran, Iran
    • He actually said “Iran, Iran, Iran”. Is it just me or does everyone as well traveled as him also say Iran is their favorite country? The people, the hospitality, and the sites.
    • RTC blog post /w photos –> Iran.
    • More here –> People of Iran.
    • Full album here.
  • Georgia
    • The Rapid Traveler’s favorite of Eastern Europe is on the east side of the black sea. (Is that really Europe?)
    • RTC photos here.
  • Faroe Islands
  • Also listed are lots of European islands. Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia (off peak); Azores; Madeira; Canary Island (depending on the island).
  • Tunisia / Algeria
    • RTC photos here.
    • And a great photo of a child version of the Rapid Traveler:
  • Mentioned Djibouti
    • Lake Assal
  • Ethiopia
  • Rwanda
  • Namibia
    • Actually, this is a roadtrip Carrie and I did with the Rapid Traveler… and it was rapid indeed. And as you can see, Namibia is made up of a lot of hostile terrain, which is what makes it interesting.
    • TIF blog post –> Roadtrip Across Namibia
  • Chile
    • Atacama Desert
    • then into Bolivia…
  • Bolivia
  • Galapagos Islands & Quito
  • San Andres Providencia
  • Saba
    • RTC blog post –> Saba
  • Dominica
  • Canada

 

Special thanks to Stefan at Rapid Travel Chai, for traveling to everywhere on earth just to tell us where best to go. 😉

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14 Comments

  1. Love it! Thanks for the list of great places to visit!

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  2. I would also add Nujiang, Yunnan, China to that list (in particular Bingzhongluo and Dimaluo). Also, the mountain villages in Ifugao, Philippines (such as Pat-yay, Guitte, and Patpat) as well as Mayoyao are great far-flung destinations where the local people have a traditional lifestyle.

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  3. You put •St Pierre and Miquelon in Canada, but it belongs to France; although, it is a lot closer to Canada than it is to France.

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  4. I went to St Pierre and Miquelon in July and it wasn’t very interesting except for the amazing French food and seeing the only guillotine in North America. Atlantic Canada, however, is one of my favorite places in the world.

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  5. I would rather just watch the National Geographic Channel

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  6. I’ve been to quite a few of these and agree mostly. Christmas Island was meh but Fanning Island was super interesting. I wasn’t at Christmas island during the migration tho. The stans were definitely a life highlight and I would consider going again. Turkmenistan denied my visa unfortunately. Georgia is a must visit, so many reasons, it’s very cheap and accessible. Svaneti in the north is the best, it’s like red neck Switzerland.

    Xinjiang province I think has a lot of potential but I had a hard time traveling with only my super basic English. Also, in Urumqi I showed up to my hotel (booked online/hotels.com) and found out there are only certain hotels foreigners can stay in, and that wasn’t one of them. Super interesting area tho would like to explore again.

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  7. Kind of curious which Countries he has not being to?

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    • He hasn’t been to 4 (UN) countries: Syria, Yemen, Turkey, and Seychelles. But he’s going to Turkey soon.

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    • Apparently I’m making it to the Seychelles before RTC! That makes me feel adventurous. Saving it for last?

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    • Just got back from eight days in Seychelles, split between Praslin and La Digue. Both were lovely…enjoy!

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  8. “Peaked my interest”

    No, it is ‘piqued’, not “peaked”.

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  9. That’s pretty amazing that he’s been to most places. I am slowly working my way out to far-flung areas! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I just got back from a trip overseas. At the end, I was sooo done. It doesn’t take long and he inspires me to do more. Of course getting a family of 5 to Europe twice in a summer is no easy feat. Travel is NOT free, but points helped in some very critical areas.

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  11. Whoa. I feel so amature. I’ve been to almost 60 countries but have never been to anywhere on this list. This is some serious inspiration.

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