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11. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 410 posts) 4y

There are some places where it feels like you can dangle your feet off the edge of the planet, almost. Olkhon Island, on Lake Baikal, Russia, is such a place. Very primitive conditions, but so beautiful, with so few people. You can stay at a homestay on the island, and enjoy true Siberian hospitality. Lake Baikal is on the Trans-Siberian route- but many people just pass it by, on their way to Mongolia. Big mistake.

In northern Canada there are two communities, Moosonee and Churchill, which are only accessible by train- there are no roads up there. They are on Hudson's Bay and James Bay, respectively, which are both technically part of the Arctic Ocean. It's worth a trip up there- you really get the sense you are on the frontier, isolated from the rest of civilization.

Another option, if you want a unique trip, is to travel in a unique way. Experiencing the road by bicycle or motorbike is very different than by bus or train. Not to mention more exotic modes of transport, such as camel, dogsled or catamaran.

12. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 4y

Quoting madpoet

In northern Canada there are two communities, Moosonee and Churchill, which are only accessible by train- there are no roads up there. They are on Hudson's Bay and James Bay, respectively, which are both technically part of the Arctic Ocean. It's worth a trip up there- you really get the sense you are on the frontier, isolated from the rest of civilization.

Churchill (which I have been to - took the train from Winnipeg) is on Hudson Bay - not Hudson's Bay. Hudson Bay is the stretch of water - Hudson's Bay is the shopping chain.
It's possible to get to Churchill by plane (and technically, by ship too) - but quite honestly, the prices are just scandalous. There are cheaper flights from Toronto to Vancouver ! !
There are roads in Churchill, but they all come to a dead end after about 10 miles or so. Quite interesting that some of the residents there have cars with 6 litre engines - yet cant go further than just down the road for 20 minutes or so.

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13. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 410 posts) 4y

Quoting flyingbob

Quoting madpoet

In northern Canada there are two communities, Moosonee and Churchill, which are only accessible by train- there are no roads up there. They are on Hudson's Bay and James Bay, respectively, which are both technically part of the Arctic Ocean. It's worth a trip up there- you really get the sense you are on the frontier, isolated from the rest of civilization.

Churchill (which I have been to - took the train from Winnipeg) is on Hudson Bay - not Hudson's Bay. Hudson Bay is the stretch of water - Hudson's Bay is the shopping chain.
It's possible to get to Churchill by plane (and technically, by ship too) - but quite honestly, the prices are just scandalous. There are cheaper flights from Toronto to Vancouver ! !
There are roads in Churchill, but they all come to a dead end after about 10 miles or so. Quite interesting that some of the residents there have cars with 6 litre engines - yet cant go further than just down the road for 20 minutes or so.

Oh sure. THAT you correct. But "Far From Fhe Norm" you don't have a problem with!

I've been to Moosonee, and had friends who lived in Churchill. Yes, you can fly... if you are made of money. By ship? Now THAT would be an adventure!

14. Posted by marion2002 (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y

Hey!

I had some troubles with my itinerary myself- I'm planning on going to Central america (from Mexico down to Costa Rica), then on to Peru, then fly to India and after that to Indonesia...I wanted to go to Tonga and/or Vanuatu as well, but unfortunately that's too much for my travel budget... so it's not the typical rtw route, but not as adventurous as the middle east etc either :) During my planning I had to find out, that I'll be paying lots and lots just for the flights, because I'm not sticking to the usual rtw-routes... That really sucks, but I still hope it'll be worth it!!! (quite sure about that one ;) ) Hope you're planning your dream trip too!!!

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