6. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales
The village in Wales is known for its name consisting of 58 characters, boasting the longest name in Europe. If you are curious as to how the name is properly pronounced, see this weather man ace it here. Apart from hosting the world’s second longest name, visitors to the town enjoy attractions like the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column, Britannia Bridge, and the Railway Station, the latter of which offers train tickets to showcase the length and size of the town’s full name. Stands beside the station provide visitors with the town’s passport stamp. This stamp highlights the length of the name as it wraps around the Welsh dragon, the iconic symbol of the nation, in a calligraphic border.
7. El Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, Argentina
The end of the world begins in the southernmost city on the South American continent, Ushuaia, Argentina. The glistening waters of the Beagle Channel, end of the Martial Mountains and windswept coastline reflect the city’s dramatic beauty. Ushuaia acts as the starting point for travelers to Antarctica as well as a stop for adventure enthusiasts prepared to hike, sail, ski, or even scuba dive in the frigid waters connecting to the Southern Ocean. To prove you have traveled to the end of the world, visit the tourist information center in town, where you can choose from two different stamps.
8. Easter Island, Chile
The remote location known for the stunning Moai statues is a part of Chile, yet stands more than 2,100 miles away from the closest continental point at central Chile. The passport stamp commemorates the most notable feature of the island with three of the distinct heads and the words “Isla de Pascua.” The local post office in Rapa Nui offers the stamp to travelers who ask. While the stamp is free, the issuer would happily accept a small tip.
9. South Pole
While technically a part of Antarctica, those who make it all the way to the South Pole deserve commemoration with a stamp. Flags from the original 12 signatories of the Antarctic Treaty decorate the landscape surrounding the barber pole topped with a chromium globe. While not a country, ambitious adventurers can prove their visit to the South Pole with a souvenir stamp. The post office inside the station offers visitors the commemorative ink. The most common stamp for the area shows the continent with a star detailing the location of Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Additional fun stamps can be obtained with images of penguins or “the pole.”
Antarctica does not have a central form of government and is not considered a country. Instead, more than 50 nations host research stations on various islands in addition to locations on the continental ice shelf and landmass. With no centralized government, the continent does not have an official passport stamp. However, visitors to the remote shores of the various islands, channels, and shorelines of Antarctica can obtain a number of passport stamps from the different scientific stations across the continent. Each station acts as a consulate to the various nations who conduct research at the southern reaches of the globe.
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