World is more and more becoming a global village available for everyone to visit almost in every corner. There are many different ways of travelling to various countries, planes, ships, trains, buses, cars etc. But still, believe it or not, there are some places that are so remote and inaccessible that even the most modern means of transport cannot easily get you there. These countries are so isolated for various reasons, some of them because of complicated travelling policy others for some bans and some even because of rough terrain. All of these details make them even more interesting and tempting to be visited and if you are so curious here is a short list of 5 most isolated countries in the world.
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Nauru is actually the least visited country in the world and one of the biggest reasons for that is its size! Nauru is one of the islands in Micronesia, and that “micro” tells a lot about this country, which is so small that you can walk through it in just a couple of hours. This is really true so if you manage to visit it you can tell everyone you have jogged the whole country in only one morning. Here comes the difficult part – finding a way to get to Nauru. Well, first you will have to go to Brisbane in Australia, where you will likely have to stall there for a couple of days since Nauru’s national airline flies only once a week. Do not let yourself get surprised if that flight gets canceled suddenly, but if you are so lucky to catch the plane then you will first visit Solomon Islands before finally arriving at Nauru. Rumor says that there is only one taxi driver on the island so you will probably have to walk while trying to find a proper accommodation, but since it is a small country that should not be a problem. And in the end you will finally get the chance to enjoy in Nauru’s miles-long white-sand beaches, beautiful ocean and comfortable climate.
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Eritrea is a small country in Africa which has a lot to offer, but the only problem is that its government lacks sense of hospitality when it comes to tourism. This mysterious country has so many historical, natural and architectural wonders many visitors would love to see, but its complicated political situation and even more complicated procedure of getting required permissions is pushing people away. Whole procedure usually lasts for 6 to 8 weeks, so one could get upset and unmotivated to visit it anymore. But those rare tourists who have had a chance to go to Eritrea were fascinated with the things they have seen and that is the reason why there are still many adventurers waiting in line for a tourist visa.
Democratic Republic of Congo
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This African country has really a long history of wars and violence, for decades DR Congo lacks true stability making it one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Years and years of war and genocide have torn this country apart and the humanitarian crisis in the nation is catastrophic and that is the reason why Congo is the second poorest nation in the world. This is a beautiful country but all of these terrible things happening in it is pushing people away, so only “tourists” that visit it are actually members of different humanitarian organizations, but even then they are starting to avoid it.
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North Korea is probably the most controversial country in the world, constantly opposing USA and other countries. It is under various travel bans and sanctions for almost six decades and only rare people had the chance to visit it. Every now and then some new, often very contradictory, information about North Korea shows up in the media. Some say it is a beautiful country with happy and warm people, but others describe it as a big prison or even dungeon. Visiting North Korea is almost impossible because one needs a special permission from its leader Kim Jong-Un, and he is not fond of foreigners. Mystery around this country stays untouched and that makes it so attractive for potential visitors.
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Zimbabwe was once the seat of the mighty Rowzi Shona dynasty. Its urban culture is greatly influenced by Western culture and education, but traditional values and crafts continue to thrive in the rural areas. Since 1980 when this African country achieved its independence, political climate has been so tense with President Robert Mugabe ruling the country with the tight grip. Zimbabwe is the poorest nation in the world whose history is filled with wars, violence, genocide, poverty and dictatorship. Despite the dangers the country poses, still it continues to attract many visitors to experience the natural magnificence of the place.
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