Places To Disconnect

Places To Disconnect

Travel
Beautiful, remote destinations for a tech-free escape

Sometimes we all need a break from our tech-filled lives. But leaving likes, instant news updates and step-tracking behind is tougher than it seems, especially when there’s free wi-fi. Digital detoxes are more than a trend — unplugging is a necessity, and there are places where it is easier to achieve.

Photo: Courtesy of 98 Acres
Photo: Courtesy of 98 Acres
01. Ella – Sri Lanka

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.

Photos: Courtesy of Cascada Expediciones
Photos: Courtesy of Cascada Expediciones
02. Patagonia – Chile and Argentina

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.

Photo: Markus Meissl, courtesy of Chumbe Island Coral Park
Photo: Markus Meissl, courtesy of Chumbe Island Coral Park
03. Chumbe Island – Zanzibar

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.

Photo: Courtesy of Kakslauttanen Hotel
Photo: Courtesy of Kakslauttanen Hotel
04. The Arctic – Finland

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.

05. Scotland

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.

Written by Kamila Beyssembaeva

Headline image of Atacama desert in Patagonia courtesy of Cascada Expediciones

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