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If away from civilization (and I will count this particular instance as falling there), the real answer is to have either a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or a Spot/InReach device. They each have their relative pluses and minuses. A PLB is a small handheld (about the size of an adult fist) device that uses multiple emergency channels to provide information ...


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This web site shows the location of all (registered) flights that are currently in the air https://www.flightradar24.com/ You can check for a specific location or just look at the overall pattern. Obviously there are a lot more flights in the northern half of the globe and flight density is a lot sparser the further south you go. At the time of this ...


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Donbass This is a region in eastern Ukraine under control of pro-Russian rebels. Airlines used to freely overfly war zones with low level conflicts like this, because the belief was rebels only had small shoulder-fired SAMs like Stinger and SA-7, which were short-range. Actually, the rebels had Buk and other advanced, truck-mounted high altitude SAMs. ...


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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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In some countries, AML (Advanced Mobile Location) will automatically send your location to the emergency services when you call them. However: This currently only works in 15 countries This may not work with all phones This may not work using all emergency services numbers It may not work if you are roaming One can refer to the EENA (European Emergency ...


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I'm amazed that the answers here are all reliant on technology. This is a problem that existed long before the advent of phones, GPS and satellite communications. The real answer is that you must be personally responsible and do a bit of planning and preparation. Here is what they teach children about trekking/hiking in the UK and I assume most of the rest ...


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I can answer for Palmyra Atoll, as I happend to have come across this recently. From time to time, the US Fish and Wildlife Service seeks volunteers to work on Palmyra Atoll. The last call for volunteers went out in May, and it's a bit of a commitment: "Volunteers will be expected to work 8 hours a day 6/days per week for the entire ~3-4 months on Palmyra, ...


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The middle of the Tibetan plateau might be an option. Long-haul airliners don't fly there because in case of a pressurization failure it would take too long to reach air with safely breathable pressure. It ought to be possible to find a place that avoids the few domestic routes to/from Tibet's own airports that are pointed to in comments -- especially in ...


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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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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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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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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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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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Another more graphical answer:


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There's a really neat app I just discovered called what3words. It encodes your location (precise to 3x3 meters) as three words in the English language. The statue of liberty is encoded as toned.melt.ship. If you were to call emergency services, the idea would be that it's far easier to give them three words that correspond to your exact location than to ...


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Antarctica should be a pretty safe place; the only flights you would need to worry about are the flights to and from the bases which will be few and far between (especially when compared to the daily flight activity over pretty much every other continent) and a very limited number of tourist flights. Part of the reason is that there are no scheduled flights ...


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You can go to the vicinity of a volcanic eruption. https://www.businessinsider.com/why-planes-do-not-fly-during-volcanic-eruption-2017-11 I do not know how you will get there. You can not fly there.


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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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Last year I spent a week's holiday on the western-most point of the island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands. Had a great view of the Atlantic Ocean and didn't see any aircraft all week long.


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Join or sponsor an Amateur Radio expedition. Many Amateur Radio enthusiasts like to collect radio contacts and postcards confirming these contacts (called QSL cards) from rare and distant locations (called DX). The richer hobbyists will sponsor or join a DX-pedition to some of the more exotic, uninhabited, locations that are rarely heard on the air. ...


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An other alternative is to fly to Longyearbyen in Svalbard and then use the chopper service to visit North pole from around 15000 Euros. This is cheaper than the cruise trip.


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Some companies offer trips to the North pole. For example Hauser Exkursionen. This is a well established company that offers all kind of excursions from the north pole, to the Mount Everest or a desert. Unfortunately the information is in German, but I think it is possible to understand a little bit of it. Hauser Exkursionen However, as you can see, it is ...


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If you want a place where you can't walk (or drive) to shops and restaurants, and people can't walk (or drive) to visit you, then absolutely your best bet is an island. Purely as an example I present the Island of Torsa. If you rent the holiday home there, you will be the only person on the island and able to be as remote and isolated as you like, while ...


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Gunnar Garfors has been researching this question on his blog. He's found that the UNWTO, World Tourism Organization has a good overview of them. Essentially, in 2012, at the tail end of the tourism list is: Tuvalu - 1200 tourists Somalia - 500 tourists Nauru - 200 tourists Oddly, I tried to go to Nauru in 2006, but couldn't find flights that worked, so ...


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North Korea. Very few people go there. There's only one offical tour company.


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By far the largest remote area in Europe is in Russia. Although Iceland has a lower population density overall, the northeastern provinces in European Russia have vast, empty forests. The Komi Republic is 415,900 km² (larger than Germany) with a population density of approximately 2 inhabitants per km², mostly concentrated in cities. Plenty of remote ...


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I am surprised that no one mentioned Beijing. Downtown Beijing, within the 3rd Belt Highway, is a no-fly zone except for the occasional military aviation. Also, the smog makes it difficult to see anything in the sky :-) Good chances are that, in a month's time, you won't see any aviation at all. It seems to me that the city of Paris is also a (sort of) no-...


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I can't say for sure about the prices, as all the touristic expeditions are made in April - the safest time to travel there, and currently all the companies can't say anything about prices (you know, crisis, and so on). The best option (according to the website quality and feedback from tourists) for you is Polar Expeditions Ltd., London, UK, but still can'...


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Jack of all trades vs master of one, and terrain Emergency Locator Transmitters are marvelous things, but the infrastructure to support a truly excellent one is fantastically expensive. As such, the world actually got together on something, and built one system called the 406 MHz ELT. Everyone uses it - ships at sea, jetliners, and hikers willing to ...


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There is a somewhat relevant list for that. I only found this PDF linked on from wikipedia with solid numbers, but they never show the raw data; a Top50 by arrivals or by tourist spending is all they offer. Another source for this data seems to be http://www.ipkinternational.com/ - but you have to purchase the records. Wolfram alpha has no data for this ...


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