Your globetrotting footprint not only tells a great story but offers proof that you haven’t visited just any old tourist spots. Impressing your mates with exotic stamp imprints in your passport is only one side of the coin. The following locations will also leave a lasting impression:
- Machu Picchu
- Easter Island
- Galapagos Islands
- Tristan de Cunha
The village with 58 letters in its name is located on the island of Anglesey in north-west Wales. On arrival at the station you’ll hear how the the longest place name in Europe is pronounced, but will you be able to repeat it? You can get your stamp in the James Pringle Weavers shop and a sign there explains the meaning of the moniker.
Even though you can definitely be proud of being able to pronounce the full name, you don’t necessarily have to, as the name is usually shortened to “Llanfair PG“ or ”Llanfairpwllgwyngyll” in everyday life.
A trip to Anglesey is also definitely worth its time, as there is a lot to see and do. Closely located to Llanfair PG is Newborough Beach, one of the most popular destinations on the island. If you have more time available, you should also visit the South Stack Lighthouse near Holyhead – the best place to go climbing, cycling or to just relax and enjoy nature.
Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes can be reached by train and bus. But where’s the fun in that? Instead, you can check out the incredible Inca city by a multi-day hike. The best known and most beautiful is the Inca Trail.
When you manage to arrive, you can get your well-deserved stamp for the historic site in your passport at the kiosk right at the entrance.
620 miles off the coast of Ecuador, these magical islands are home to a myriad of species. It is also a haven for tourists, so it is best to avoid the crowds by going ashore as early in the day as possible. This is also when the animals are the most active.
Alternatively, a diving tour will allow you to hop easily into the water and marvel at the incredible marine life.
Easter Island - also known as Rapa Nui - is a household name thanks to the Moai, the mighty stone sculptures with eyes partly made of coral and obsidian.
Compared to some of the other locations we’ve listed, getting here is simple: the island has its own airport.
Pack the thick parka jacket: this continent is only reached during the Antarctic summer from November to March. Antarctica can be visited by ship setting off mainly from the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia in Argentina, itself a worthwhile goal for stamp hunters.
Tristan de Cunha
The stamp of this small island group is so rare, it’s difficult to even come across a decent photo of it! Tristan de Cunha is considered the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, and almost 300 people live on the islands. These are located in the southern Atlantic Ocean, 1200 miles from the Cape of Good Hope. Tristan de Cunha is only accessible by boat, and depending on the weather conditions, your journey there takes at least five days - but it’s definitely worth it.
Bonus Item: Gaining Finnish citizenship would make travel even more fun.