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Wilderness: n. An uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region. “I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.” – John Muir
From the heavy depths of the steamiest jungle to the jagged, frozen peak of the highest mountains, from expanses of coastline teeming with life to vast grasslands rippling in the wind like water, the world’s wildernesses have one thing in common: quiet.
This isn’t absolute silence, but a busy hush, the soft song of nature, as far removed from the electrical, mechanical hum of day-to-day life as it’s possible to be.
The personal importance of taking time away from the headlong charge of the civilised world can’t be overstated. Heed the call of the wild with our top five places for wilderness holidays.
Trips to the Wilderness
Unbroken blankets of snow lie like blank sheets of paper over evergreen forests. Mountains stand tall over clear blue lakes, reflecting the sky. The Northern Lights dance and whirl overhead like magic. Finland is as wild as they come.
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The steppes of Mongolia seem to stretch into infinity. The world’s most sparsely populated sovereign country spans deserts, mountains and grasslands alike beneath impossibly big blue skies.
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There’s nowhere wilder than this. After a voyage to the literal end of the Earth, disembark in an alien, isolated landscape of ice sculpted by nature. The stillness is broken only by groaning glaciers and calving cliffs of ice, and penguins waddling about their business.
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Botswana is home to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. Its swampy depths buzz with life; these wetlands have a heavy, slow energy, and are home to countless animal species, including hippos, crocodiles and elephants.
There’s no light pollution in this place; the milky way is visible on a clear night.
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