Tourism has always been popular, and people are always looking for new destinations to visit. Granted, there are many uncharted territories around the world, but in today’s time of commercial airplanes and cruisers that has made traveling a lot more accessible and affordable, there isn’t much that regular tourists haven’t been able to visit. All it takes is a bit of money and some planning, and you can easily visit the destination you set your mind to.
However, while there are many places that you can visit, there are also those where tourists aren’t allowed — the forbidden fruits of tourism. Those places have always been shrouded in mystery and the stories about them reached the other sides of the world. If you’re intrigued, here are some of the places that you will be allowed to admire from afar, but you are not allowed to visit.
Perhaps the most intriguing of all the places in our list is without a doubt Area 51. It is located in the United States in Nevada, and it has always been a subject of many talks. It is the nickname for a United States Air Force base known as the Edwards Air Force Base. One of the most infamous stories revolving around Area 51 is a supposed crash of an alien ship that landed in Roswell, New Mexico, back in 1947.
However, the shroud of secrecy will have to remain, as no one except the military personnel is allowed inside the base or in the airspace above it.
While the access to Vatican City is not actually prohibited and it is, a matter of fact, open for tourists, the archives that can be found deep inside the walls of the Vatican City are. It is speculated that the archives span across 52 miles of space and are home to more than 35,000 items.
While many historian buffs would love to take a stroll and inspect the items in person, the access is allowed only to few selected scholars from research institutes that have to undergo thorough application process before they can set foot in. Some of the items include letters from Mary Queen of Scots and Michelangelo, as well as a marriage annulment request by King Henry VIII.
Ilha da Queimada Grande, or Snake Island, is located approximately 20 miles from the shore of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Even though it might not be as appealing as the other destinations on the list, the access to this island is still prohibited by the Brazilian government.
As the name suggests, the island is home to various snake species spread across this 43-hectare long island. However, if you are a scientist that studies snakes, you might be allowed access to this island as the Brazilian government permits a group of scientists to study snakes every few years.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is exactly as the name suggests; a global vault designed to preserve seeds. It is located some 800 miles from the North Pole on the Norwegian island Spitsbergen. The facility stores more than 840,000 samples of 4000 species from all around the world.