Yeah, we totally understand how addictive video games can be, as well as the importance of staying connected with your besties by smartphone. But we also know how great it is to live in the present without letting life pass you by. Take our advice, drop that Xbox controller for a week or two and head to one of these exotic destinations for a digital detox. You’ll be glad you did.
Check out our list of inspiring destinations that will make it easy for you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with the world around you.
There’s a good chance the real estate motto “location, location, location” was inspired by the Mayans in Tulum, where white-sand beaches and jaw-dropping views surround these ancient ruins. Climb to the cliff top and reach the Pyramid El Castillo, built as a watchtower, to enjoy a sunset you will never forget. Or explore Bonampak, an ancient archeological site where 1,200-year-old murals depict Mayan life. Why not? YOLO!
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Dive into paradise with a digital detox package offered throughout the 27 islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Packages include TV-free hotel rooms, Wi-Fi-free zones and concierges who collect your devices at the front desk. Without being tethered to the digital world, you’ll have more time to explore the natural one by taking a stroll past exotic plants in the Botanical Gardens, hiking clear across the island on the La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, or finding out more about the country’s history during a tour of scenic Fort Charlotte.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland
Skip the on-demand programming and watch millions of stars sparkle from beneath your glass igloo-shaped cabin at this arctic resort. While reindeer sledding in winter and adventure hiking in the summer will fill your days, your nights will be spent watching Mother Nature’s greatest light show—the Northern Lights—which shine here for an amazing eight months out of the year.
In Bhutan, connecting with the universe is more important than connecting to the Interweb. Flanked by the jaw-dropping Himalayan Mountains, this remote Buddhist kingdom is ideal for escaping the high-tech world. For true relaxation, indulge in a hot stone bath, where locals mix river water with Artemisia leaves and heat it with fire-warmed river stones. Or hike the jagged Himalayan Mountains with a local and revel in the breathtaking view.
Serengeti Safari Camp, Tanzania
Nothing screams “adventure” more than having a bucket shower while on safari. Yeah, we know it’s not for everyone, but if you’re intrigued by the idea, you can follow the wildebeest migration across the plains while crossing paths with lions, elephants and hippos. A private guide will lead you through this enriching experience. While this life-changing expedition includes some creature comforts—like hot bucket showers and separate tents for dining and lounging—the internet is not one of them. This action-packed safari adventure provides a variety of activities to keep you busy, making it hard to squeeze in time for Facebook.