6 Remote And Exotic Places To Fly To
You’ve finally got your pilot’s license, purchased your Cessna 182 at a bargain price and fixed it up, and have a good six months of free time to go anywhere in the world. Now the big question is if you were up to vacationing in a few of the most remote vacation destinations in the world, where would you go?
Rapa Nui is the Polynesian name for this island in the South Pacific that is part of the territory of Chile. Thousands of miles away from South America, Easter Island has no neighboring islands. UNESCO has put it on its World Heritage list because of the gigantic carved stone heads that peer out from its shores. The island was formed by three extinct volcanoes and is regarded as a national park. You would fly in from either Tahiti or Santiago, stay in a hotel, and rent a jeep to explore the island.(Image by Ben Smethers)
The Desert of the Empty Quarter
The Empty Quarter is a lonely 250,000 miles of sandy desert located near the border of Oman and Saudi Arabia. Here in this southeastern pocket of the Arabian Peninsula, nomadic Bedouin tribes trek through a world of massive sand dunes and camp under a crystal clear night sky. You can fly in from Oman or the United Arab Emirates or Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
The Island of Papua New Guinea
This is an independent country that inhabits the eastern section of New Guinea. The western section of the island is an Indonesian province. Papua New Guinea consists of rain forests teeming with unique flora and fauna. This is the home of the birds of paradise and hundreds of different tribes. You can fly in from Australia, Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong and land on one of the numerous airstrips spread through the island.
The Steppes of Mongolia
Mongolia’s steppes lie outside Ulaanbaatar, the capital city. The steppes are a vast and lonely place inhabited only by hospital nomads. Travel here is mainly on horseback. You would fly in from Berlin, Beijing or Seoul.
The Kamchatka Peninsula
This is a peninsula on Russia’s east coast, north of Japan. The Kamchatka Peninsula is yet another place designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of the volcanoes, hot springs, and geysers. Here, you will find much wildlife, bears and reindeer. The streams are rich in salmon and trout. Nomadic tribes live here. You can fly in from a number of Russian cities, from Tokyo, or from Anchorage.(Image by )
The Faroe Archipelago
A province of Denmark, the Faroe Archipelago is composed of eighteen small islands near Scotland, Norway, and Iceland. The islands have been inhabited for centuries, and the local people make a living from fishing or making and selling sweaters and woolen clothing to visitors. You can fly in from Denmark, Scandinavia, or London.(Image by Jóannis Sørensen)
Preparing for the trip
After you decide where to go, you should make sure that you have everything you need when you fly. Once you’ve drawn up your list, you can get all your aircraft supplies from a online shop for pilots. What should you take? Perhaps, you need a GPS for IPad along with a MyClip iPad Kneeboard. Perhaps you need a headset and a radio. Perhaps, you need a pilot logbook. Go through a catalog and select exactly what you need when you fly to the Easter Islands, The Empty Quarter, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Kamchatka Peninsula, and the Faroe Archipelago.
Flying to some of the most exotic, unspoiled, natural places in the world is one of the most exciting things you could do as a pilot. With a little research, you can figure out where to go in your light aircraft.
Feature image by Larpoon