The coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on many industries, but it has particularly impacted the travel industry. Although social distancing restrictions are letting up slowly but surely in many countries, traveling for vacation purposes is still not entirely acceptable and in some countries, is not allowed. But once things get back to normal and we are able to travel freely, where should we go? Well, in the spirit of this pandemic, we’ve rounded up some of the most deserted places in the world which are absolutely perfect for social distancing.
Solar de Uyuni, Bolivia
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Solar de Uyuni is a giant salt flat in Bolivia. Actually, it’s the world’s largest salt flat and one of the most deserted places in the world. At some points during the year, the dried-up lake-turned-salt-pan becomes flooded with a shallow layer of water. This creates a stunning optical illusion, making the plain look like a large, frosted mirror, reflecting everything around it.
The Outback, Australia
You might have heard the term “outback” being associated with Australia. But have you ever actually seen a picture of it? Australia’s Outback is a sprawling, unpopulated area that makes up the country’s interior and remote coasts. The outback is so vast that no one actually knows just how big it is. One thing is for sure – you definitely won’t run out of things to do here. From exploring the local wildlife like kangaroos and crocodiles to deciphering the aboriginal skeleton art that is scattered across the region’s ochre rocks, there is no end to the Outback’s beauty.
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You probably learned about the Gold Rush back in your 8th-grade history class. But in case you need a little refresher, this isolated town in California is chock full of Gold Rush history. In the late 1800s, Bodie was a bustling town with many saloons. Sadly, it closed its doors for good in 1942. The state decided to turn the old ghost town into a historic park around 20 years later, and today, it’s the perfect place to take a break after a day spent at the neighboring Yosemite National Park.
The Skeleton Coast, Nambia
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The Skeleton Coast in Nambia is quite appropriately named. Those who wander this deserted stretch of sand on the country’s northern coast are bound to stumble upon whale bones, deserted mines, and a ghostly old shipwreck. Located between the Kunene and Ugab rivers, this creepy coast isn’t totally empty. Many animal species have made their homes nearby, including lions black rhinos, elephants, and giraffes.