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The ocean floor. Any other unexplored spots pale in comparison with about 75% of the planet's surface covered by oceans, of which hardly anything deeper than 100m has been meaningfully explored. There are literally millions of square kilometers about which we know nothing except a very coarse-grained depth profile. There could be a hundred sunken Atlantises ...


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There are many long (and long-ish) distance swims known around the world. If you're looking for something medium distance (i.e. not English Channel), you can try International Swim Across Dnipro River in Ukraine - it's 10km, about 4 times the distance of Escape from Alcatraz swim and about 1/3 of the English Channel. Here's the link to the last year's ...


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The fascinating Confluence Project records four visits to (0,0). Visit #1 was by a US Coast Guard vessel that happened to be sailing past, and they took a (bad) photo of the buoy too. Visit #2 is not listed. Mysterious... Visit #3 was by a group of artists (!), who sailed from Hamburg, Germany to Tema, Ghana on a cargo ship. There they chartered a boat ...


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How about the Turkish Straits - the Hellespont / Bosphorus / Dardanelles ? (Photo is public domain as it was created by NASA).


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The Freedom Swim is another "prison escape" swim from Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners of the Apartheid era were held) to Blouberg, near Cape Town, South Africa. The distance is 7.5km and the temperature is typically around 13°C. It takes place in the Southern Hemisphere autumn (around Freedom Day, 27 April) and is open ...


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Probably Somalia. In 2010, there was a Canadian man who disembarked from his plane in Mogadishu claiming to be a tourist, and the officials were in such disbelief that Somalia had a tourist that they detained him and it made the news. An immigration official is quoted as saying that the Canadian was “the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism". ...


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Roads, pretty much by definition, are mapped somewhere. In northern Ontario there are "logging roads" which were made by the logging companies and don't have the same legality as a road made by government (municipal or otherwise.) But if someone got out some heavy equipment and made a road, there is a map somewhere that shows it. It just might not be a ...


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Currently the only variant to visit the cosmos is to go to the International Space Station The only way to visit the ISS is to go there aboard a Russian Soyuz (spacecraft). Note: you must go through some training before this. The price is up to $40 000 000 (and $15 000 000 more to go to open space). In the near future the Russian company RosCosmos is going ...


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How did I miss this question?? I've done this! Before it was even considered 'touristy' (we had to apply to the Ukrainian government for permission in 2008). Now on the safety aspect, I was assured by my science teacher travel buddy and the scientists there that it's perfectly fine to go for a day. As for the radiation, apparently even spending a weekend ...


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(Almost) relevant humor - Always remember that Robinson Crusoe is the only person who has every always been able to get everything done by Friday. (1) Work your way through the incredibly long Wikipedia - uninhabited islands entry. (2) NZ uninhabited islands subset . None too tropical. Once you are legally in NZ there are some where you may just row/...


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Unfortunately since 1972, travel to the moon has been non-existent, tourism or business. Currently the best bets to get yourself to the moon are with the USA, the European Space Agency and China - all have serious space programs with intentions to return, but are in no hurry - indeed the European Space Agency prefers robotic missions in general. NASA was ...


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You could travel to extremal points of the European Union. The southernmost point of the European Union is on the Île de la Réunion, in Saint-Joseph. The easternmost point is on the same island, in Sainte-Rose. The westernmost point is in Saint-Martin (the French part, since the Dutch part is not in the EU). If you're looking for the southernmost or ...


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I've actually just written a book called 'How to Get to the North Pole' so may be able to help. The first thing to note is that there are several different north poles. The one most commonly referred to is the Geographic North Pole but if you consider the Magnetic North Pole as a viable alternative then that opens up a couple of other options. The North ...


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It's not Japan, it is Russia! Wikipedia has a good article about extreme points of Eurasia.


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"The Grotto" on the Bruce Peninsula (Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada) could be a good choice. The water's always cold (though it can be plenty hot outside), but if you take appropriate precautions it should otherwise match your criteria. It's pretty cool: You can actually swim through the hole in the bottom out into the bay. There are a lot of cool ...


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For the mountain has not been explored yet : Gamburtsev The Gamburtsev Mountain Range (also known as the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains) is a subglacial mountain range located in Eastern Antarctica, near Dome A.The range was discovered by the 3rd Soviet Antarctic. It is approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) long, and the mountains are believed to be ...


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Maybe the next Movile cave, which has been separated from the rest of the world for millions years, until 1986? Or some remote mountains on the south of Chile: Access is difficult and weather is not friendly. I would not be surprised if some have not been climbed yet.


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There can't be any exact dates for when it's safe because that depends on the (highly variable) water level in the river, which depends on rainfalls. Getting there requires taking a boat, a short rocky hike and swimming through a safe part of the river before you get to the pool itself (source: a TV show I saw). You should only do it as a guided tour, in ...


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http://www.balaton-atuszas.hu/eng/informaciok this is a 5.2km swim in the biggest lake in Central Europe. Registration is 30 USD. Around 10000 people do this yearly, however very few from abroad, only a few hundred typically. There's a certain bragging right in that :)


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Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. It's the oldest lake in Europe. There is a traditional marathon every year. It's beautiful, affordable, no sharks and lots of history. I was born there if you need any info feel free to msg me. The marathon is about ~30km and the best swimmers in the world come to compete. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohrid_Swimming_Marathon


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I'm really fascinated by the Vivek Express right now. From wikipedia: ... the longest running train in India, and 8th longest in the world ... runs a total distance of 4,286 km from Dibrugarh in upper Assam, to Kanyakumari at the southern tip of Indian peninsula via Trivandrum Central ... 82:30 hours (almost 4 days). There are 52 halts spanning across a ...


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Another more graphical answer:


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Many Parts of New Guinea have not been reached yet because of extensive forestation: The uncontacted tribes in the Brazilian Amazon are fascinating! Here is a link to a video clip of a flyover, where you can peek into the lives people who have never been contacted before!


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There is definitely North America cross continent tours by Canadian Rail although to cross the entire continent you will need to do this in 2 legs. Vancouver to Toronto and Toronto to Halifax. US has similar but also in 2 Legs: LakeShore Limited which would get you from Boston to Chicago and then Empire builder which would get you from Chicago to ...


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If you haven't had the chance to go to Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, this could be a great reason for a first visit. It hosts an annual 3-km race across the lake, where swimming otherwise is forbidden. The lake is surrounded by mountains and the whole area is generally amazing. The only potential downside is how time-consuming it is to go there. The easiest way ...


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There are some companies that offer trips to the north pole on ice breakers. They're not very economical, though. Here's one of several that came up on Google: Quark Expeditions The 2013 trip takes about two weeks and costs $24,000 not counting your expenses to get to Helsinki and get home again from Helsinki afterwards.


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Apparently some of the Venezuelan Tepui remain unexplored. Many of them are part of a national park however, and you might need permits to vist (and you couldn't leave a flag there!)


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First of all, I'm not recommending visiting Chechnya either. It can be really dangerous. But the real danger is in the other republics in the region, especially Ingushetia. If you're serious in your decision to visit Chechnya - I have "good news" for you - Ramzan Kadyrov (chief of the Republic) is doing his best to attract new tourists to the reconstructed ...


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It's common practice on the iron ore train in Mauritania. The train carries iron ore in huge hoppers. There are no roofs -- passengers either ride with the ore or pay a small amount for a ticket in the passenger car. The scenery is barren desert, the ride is brutally uncomfortable, and temperatures are extremely hot. I rode last summer solo from Choum to ...



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