Are you tired of trendy tourist traps and want to explore the world’s most secret destinations?
While some of these hidden gems could be interesting to explore – most of them are off limits – unless you’ve got some serious credentials (or connections).
From a Brazilian island home to 4,000 deadly vipers to a secret Hawaiian island with only 130 residents – check out some of the world’s most hidden places.
The smallest island in Hawaii may look beautiful with swaying palm trees and a wide variety of exotic animals – but you’ll only be able to get a sneak peak at this island via a helicopter ride above or a boat tour off the coast.
If you were looking to explore this island – sorry you’re out of luck – as no outsiders have been permitted on the island since 1915.
Also nicknamed “The Forbidden Isle”, Ni’ihau is actually home to 130 inhabitants who live rent free with no paved roads or running water, reported BBC Travel.
And unless you get a personal invite from them – don’t plan on exploring Ni’ihau anytime soon.
Kakslauttanen Hotel, Finland
Imagine drifting off to sleep in a hotel room shaped like an actual glass igloo – complete with glass windows and ceilings!
This magical place is a winter wonderland delight where you can watch the snow fall from the comfort of your bed and catch a breathtaking view of Northern Lights – all while staying cozy and warm under a down comforter.
There’s a variety of different lodging options to choose from – whether you’re looking for a family experience or a romantic getaway.
Snake Island, Brazil
Officially called Ilha de Queimada Grande, this island is home to the world’s deadliest and most poisonous snakes.
Located off the coast of Brazil, this nightmarish place has earned their stripes and right to be nicknamed “snake island.”
It’s estimated up to 4,000 golden lacehead vipers slither around this island.
In fact, these snakes are so deadly their venom can kill a person within 1-hour of a bite, reported Smithsonian Magazine.
The Brazilian government controls all visits to the island – only approving certain researchers and biologists – and making sure a doctor is present in case they get attacked by the deadly vipers.
Yeah… count me out!
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway
Did you know the world actually has a master seed vault?
Located in Norway due to its cool climate – this vault is carved into the side of a mountain – and strictly off limits to visitors.
The Travel reported:
“The vault is designed to hold 4.5 million types of seeds, with 500 seeds of each variety.
The idea is to keep seed populations safe in the event of a localized disaster, but many people believe the seed vault is designed for a “doomsday” scenario in case the world needs to be reseeded.
Whatever the case may be, no one is allowed to visit the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.”
Sounds cool… but a bit eerie if you ask me.
You may not have the ability to hop on a plane and sleep in a glass igloo anytime soon – or fly in a helicopter over a Hawaiian island – but you can check out all the local hidden gems right in your own neighborhood!
Perhaps there is a tucked away coffee shop you’ve never ventured into, or a restaurant you always “drive by” but never visited.
If you’re looking for a fun adventure, consider exploring some of the hidden spots in your own town – you just might find your next favorite hangout spot.
If you could visit any of these secret destinations around the world, which one would you pick?
Which place would you definitely stay away from?
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