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I'd like to know whether there is a single word for "remote, distant places" in no allegorical sense, but with a positive undertone.

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    These may be too allegorical for your taste, but shangri-la, eden, heaven, paradise, promised land, nirvana, timbuktu. And the far side (or dark side) of the moon is more than one word.
    – bib
    Nov 12, 2013 at 19:28
  • Yes, I am looking for a more generic term, not a specific place. It might either be a singular which can have a plural form, or a collective noun.
    – feychu
    Nov 12, 2013 at 19:42
  • The ends of the earth?
    – WS2
    Nov 12, 2013 at 19:48
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    Would you consider Timbuktu?
    – user54222
    Nov 12, 2013 at 20:11
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    Except that “timbuktu” doesn’t seem at all to have a positive undertone, at least not to me, although “shangri-la” does. And, I see there is a Shangri-La Luxury Hotels chain. Sounds exotic and fun! But Timbuktu Hotels? No thanks. Nov 13, 2013 at 6:52

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If you would not consider rural areas to have negative connotations (and faraway places are unlikely to be urban cosmopolitan), then the Australian words wayback and outback are applicable.

Another word is outlands

the outlying districts or remote regions of a country, provinces: a foreign land: a name unknown in the outlands.

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The antipodes are literally on the other side of the earth, so you could use the word to refer to remote, distant places.

The Antipodes are often used humorously to refer to Australia and New Zealand (being, as they were, on the far side of the earth from England), so antipodes has a positive connotation (unlike hinterlands, another word I was considering suggesting, which some dictionaries define as "a place far away from busy or interesting places" -- which gives it a faintly negative connotation.)

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The term horizon can mean

the range or limit of scope, interest, knowledge, etc.

It also is used to describe the far distant point at which land and sky meet. There are numerous phrases, such as distant horizon and far horizon that convey a remote location. It also tends to have a slightly positive connotation.

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  • This is the closest to what I am thinking of, but not quite right. I am essentially looking for a word that stands for "remote places" the same way as "unknown" might stand for "unknown subjects". Or a single word which exactly means "faraway place" and can be used in its plural form. I am not sure such a word exists though :)
    – feychu
    Nov 12, 2013 at 20:27

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