How remote is it? A full third of its plant species are found nowhere else on Earth, due to its relative isolation in the middle of the Arabian Sea
What's the deal? Except for the most seasoned and adventurous travelers, most people haven’t heard of Socotra, a small archipelago in the Arabian Sea. The main event, the eponymous island in the chain, is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site that happens to be home to around 40,000 people who don't typically get visitors. Its most famous denizen, though, is the dragon's blood tree, which dots the arid countryside and has been described as one of the most alien-looking organisms on the planet. There are only a few ways to get to Socotra, but if you're looking to rough it, camping on the shores of the island and eating fresh fish from the Arabian waters is about as far from your cubicle as you can get.
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