Saint Helena is one of the world’s most remote islands, and it remained uninhabited until the early 1500s, when Portuguese sailors stumbled across it. Located 1,200 miles from the shores of Africa, it now has a sizable population of 4,534.
The destination received most of its notoriety in the 1800s, when it became the place of exile for Napoleon Bonaparte, but these days many people make the journey to the isolated landmass. Sure, it’s mainly just to say that they've been there, but the island also boasts an impressive number of birds, including breeding seabirds, plus abundant plant life and rugged landscapes.
How to get there: Until recently, the only way to reach the island was aboard a freight ship from Cape Town, South Africa. But in 2017, an airport opened to much controversy, due to its steep price tag and limited usage.
The island now receives flights to and from Johannesburg; including a connecting stop in Windhoek, Namibia, the trip takes approximately six hours. The only airline currently operating on this route is Airlink.