Idyllic places to go if the world ends tomorrow

Wars, oil shortages, global warming, economic collapse, maybe even nuclear bombs; all of it seems unlikely, but wouldn’t you want to be prepared for when the world ends? Whether you have to go planes, trains and automobiles to head for safety, what are the best places to ride out the storm?

Bunkers, mines, caves and high-altitude havens are always popular choices to ride out the coming apocalypse. One such example is Bugarach, France: a tiny French village of 176 residents, hidden away in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Internet rumours claim it to be the only place on earth that will be saved on doomsday — though the reasons why are sketchy at best.

Considering how the world has been in a pretty poor state of late, Business Insider has come up with a list of the fourteen most recommended places to escape in the event that the world breaks out into utter chaos. The list includes some of the coldest places on Earth, as well as Virgin mogul Richard Branson’s Necker Island — although it is uncertain if he’d even allow you to stay there.

So, without further adieu, here are the best places that are expected to remain fortresses of stability, safety, and prosperity if the world ends.

Infographic: The 14 best places to go in case the world ends

The 14 best places to go in case the world ends


Iceland, Europe’s most isolated country, is hundreds of miles away from land. But it has a thriving fishing industry, so you’ll never starve.

Tristan de Cunha

The most remote habited archipelago on Earth is know for its fishing, a perfect career to fall back on if times get really bad.


The US-owned pacific island has a massive military presence, so it’s well defended in case of a Third World War.

Chiang Mai

Marc Faber, the bearish investor, lives there; he’s famous for issuing warnings about what to do during the apocalypse. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for us.


This Mile High City is safe from flooding, close to massive shale-oil reserves, and easy to defend because of its surrounding mountains.


Antarctica is one of the most inhospitable places in the world, and that’s why it’s the perfect spot to hide out. No one will be able to get to you.

Puncak Jaya

It’s the home of the biggest gold mine on Earth. Seeing as how investors love gold in times of trouble, it’s probably a pretty good place to be if the world ends.

Cape Town

Economically speaking, Cape Town is the strongest city in South Africa, and it’s relatively free from foreign influence from the West. So when WWIII comes, it might not even reach the city.


Switzerland has been known for having remained officially neutral in every major conflict in the past few hundred years, which makes it a good place to hold up during World War III.

Necker Island

This is the paradise island that Virgin mogul Richard Branson owns. If you can call hime up, we’re sure he’ll let you live there when everything collapses.

Tierra del Fuego

Wind patterns make this region in South America the perfect place to avoid nuclear fallout. There’s a benefit to extremity; nobody will bother invading Tierra del Fuego.


If you want remote, it’s the most western of Canada’s provinces. You could thrive there post-apocalypse thanks to its big reserves of precious metals and bountiful wildlife.

Kansas City

Like near neighbour Denver, Kansas City is surrounded by fertile farmland and is easy to defend. It is also a major railroad hub, so transportation shouldn’t be an issue.

Isle of Lewis

The Scottish island is 3 hours from the mainland and pretty much self-sufficient. Bear in mind that no one has successfully invaded Britain in 900 years, and they have whiskey.

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