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Digital Detox Vacations: 3 Unplugged Getaways
If the first thing you do when you go on vacation is check your work email, then you need a digital detox! Head to one of these hideaways, where you won’t be tempted by email, phone, TV, or Internet.
Ring! Buzz! Click! Technology certainly makes life easier in many ways, but it’s essential to unplug every now and then—especially when you’re on vacation. That’s when you can actually get a few peaceful, uninterrupted days to slow down, unwind, and reconnect with the world around you. We’ve identified some of the top digital detox vacation spots, locales so far removed from civilization that you’ll be inspired (and in some cases, required!) to tear yourself away from your gadgets. You can do it!
1. Petit St. Vincent Resort; Grenadine Islands in the Caribbean
This resort, which is located on a private island, will help you avoid temptation, because you won’t find TVs, phones, or Internet connections within its beachfront villas and elevated bluff cottages. That means that you’re free to explore the 115 acres of tropical woodlands, lounge on the two miles of white-sand beaches, and dive into the see-through turquoise water. In this secluded location, you’ll find plenty of privacy and solitude, and since it’s only 12 degrees north of the equator, the climate is warm and sunny year-round. Check out the resort’s spa and wellness complex, as well as its two restaurants. And don’t leave until you try at least one water sport, such as kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing or sailing.
2. The Ultima Thule Lodge; Alaska
If you’re a real nature buff, this is an ideal spot for your digital detox. Located in the Wrangell Mountains (where your cellphone won’t work), the Ultima Thule Lodge is so remote that you can get there only by small plane. Since small planes usually have size and weight restrictions, we recommend a versatile bag like the Gear Hauler. Spend your days diving into adventure in the great outdoors by hiking, skiing and fishing. Once you’ve tired yourself out, relax in the indoor, wood-fired sauna, eat fresh Alaskan game and fish—along with whatever vegetables were recently harvested from the local garden—and sip on just-melted glacier water. Yum!
3. Savute Elephant Camp; Botswana
Calling all animal lovers! Stay at this resort for a safari-style vacation. Here, you’ll get an up-close-and-personal look at lions, elephants, leopards, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, and more. When you’ve had your fix, go for a swim, use a high-powered telescope to look at the stars, or attend a lecture on the local flora and fauna. Sleep in a luxury tent that’s propped up on a wooden platform and offers stunning view of the plains. Or take a snooze in the hammock on your deck. The rooms don’t have TVs, Internet connections, or phones, but if you’re desperate for a dose of something digital, you can access those amenities in a separate leisure area.
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Jane Bianchi is a freelance writer who has worked for a variety of national magazines, including Seventeen, Family Circle, and Good Housekeeping. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.