Ella is a small town lost in the mountainous district of Badulla. The weather here is fresher than the hot and sticky south of Sri Lanka, making it the ideal climate to grow tea. Nestled amongst hills covered in tea plantations and cloud forests, the 98 Acres resort welcomes those in search of quiet. Hikers will have a hard time choosing between spots such as Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak or Ella Rock. The sustainable hotel also offers tours of its tea plantations and factories.
Sometimes it can be hard to choose the tech-free activity you’ll get the most out of. Hiking or yoga? Wildlife watching or glacier exploring? In Patagonia there’s no need to choose. Shared by Chile and Argentina, the region offers everything a disillusioned traveller can dream of. Cascada Expediciones’ eco-camp in the Torres del Paine National Park helps to organize all these activities and offers a way to connect with other adventurers in real life.
A private non-profit nature reserve, Chumbe Island in Zanzibar is made for ocean lovers. Diving is forbidden because of the coral reef’s protected status, but snorkeling is allowed and encouraged. During their stay, lucky visitors can spot the endangered Ader’s duiker (a miniature antelope), coconut crabs, green turtles and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a humpback whale. With only seven eco-bungalows on the island, you’ll feel fully disconnected from urban life.
What better way to unplug than sleeping under the stars while the Northern Lights illuminate the sky? Kakslauttanen, a family-run hotel 155 miles (250 km) above the Arctic Circle in Finland, offers exactly that. While Aurora Borealis are abundant in winter, warmer seasons are more suitable for hiking, kayaking and fishing. But any time of year is appropriate for a smoke sauna, a Finnish specialty.
Whether it’s the West Highlands of Lochaber or the Hebrides archipelago, Scotland always seems like a mysterious and otherworldly land. Perhaps it’s because of the country’s rich folklore. Perhaps it’s the landscape. Either way, disconnecting in Scotland is an enchanting experience. Enjoy a hike in the Glencoe hills, or take a bike trip along the Hebridean Way Cycling Route to discover small villages, quiet seashores and enigmatic, 5,000-year-old megaliths.