The whole point of a vacation is to escape the norm. But how often do you find yourself in a place that’s all too similar to home, like a big city where you can easily find your favorite foods or a beach town where English-speaking servers cater to your every whim and the WiFi never falters? If you’re looking to really go off the grid, you need to find the remote hotels that transport you to an entirely different world.
It’s going to take a little more work than a simple road trip or boarding a commercial flight. We’ve highlighted far-flung destinations in some of the most inhospitable spots on the planet—and yet, once you’re there, you’ll find they’re worth every step (and there are a lot of them…) it took to trek there. Check out 12 of the most remote hotels and destinations on the planet worthy of an expedition.