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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The island in the photo is actually Necker Island and is privately owned by Richard Branson, so it's most likely quite hard for the average traveller to visit. World News Daily Report is actually a fake news website, as their About page states: World News Daily Report is an American Jewish Zionist newspaper based in Tel Aviv and dedicated on covering ...


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Doing the sites on Kamchatka or Sakhalin on your own is possible but but personally I would not recommend it without good knowledge of the language and lots and lots of time. To get to Sakhalin you could take a ferry from Vanino problem is you have to get to that port first. The same company provides cargo service from Vladivostok to Petropavlovsk-...


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If you've got a data signal and smartphone, in some countries the emergency services can send you a text (SMS) containing a link. You click the link, give the browser permission to send your location, and they know where you are. This worked well for me when I crashed my bike in Ireland and had to call an ambulance for myself (in the middle of nowhere, ...


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EDIT: Please read jpatokal's comment as in Papua some things might be different. I can't really tell because I haven't been to Irian Jaya (Indonesian Papua) yet, but are you sure about "eat as locals"? It's sure the cheapest, but many westeners won't stand eating white rice three times a day... Just buy a roti sobek (white bread filled with chocolate, ...


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You have plenty of options. To get a first idea look at this ethnolinguist map of China (courtesy wikipedia) and that is far too large-scale to map all the minorities that are out there. A comprehensive answer is out of scope so below I will give you some ideas. In any case you could either get on an organized tour or organize your travel by yourself. For ...


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The webpage maintained by OuterBanks.com appears to have a very thorough description: The Ocracoke / Hatteras Ferry departs from both the Hatteras and Ocracoke terminals daily, including all major holidays, from 5:00 a.m. until midnight. ... In the summer season, the ferry runs every 30 minutes from both sides during the prime ferry traffic hours, which ...


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I have used both Ferries (and similar ones in Virginia) and as per the other answers it is first come first served basis. These things are treated like shuttle buses - you wait in line, drive on, enjoy the view and then drive off at the other end. And as per ID .. you'd have to be doing something really out of the ordinary to attract the attention of ...


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I found an interesting visualization called Flight Stream that connects the worlds major airports with each other and simulates air traffic. While the flight paths are not accurate, this does show the type of patterns you would expect in a 30 day period, and the outlook isn't good for your question. After looking around for a while, I can't find a place ...


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Anywhere that's not too close to an airport and cloudy with low ceilings would work, as most planes would then be flying above the clouds, where you can't see them, and too high to hear.


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Chernobyl alienation zone. The water there may contain radiation though it depends so one can possibly find a radiation-free source. There can be also problems with electricity. Some people live there on their own risk.


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