Erin De Santiago a RoamRight Blog Author

Digital Detox: Perfect Vacations To Unplug And Unwind


With telecommuting still on the rise, the idea of a true vacation is becoming more muddled than ever. Business services and reliable Wi-Fi are increasingly important reasons people choose one resort over another, and it is hard to find spots to completely unwind without the temptation to check email and spend a few hours catching up on work.

If you are looking for a vacation spot that is not a hybrid mobile office, consider these ideas to help you plan the perfect trip to unplug and unwind.

Remote Tropical Island

Aside from the island vibe that screams to put your Blackberry and smartphone away, some islands are so remote Internet is not even an option. Grab your favorite book and head somewhere exotic and remote -- like Palau or the Maldives -- where you can go diving, snorkeling, and just relax on the beach. French Polynesia is another option with many remote atolls and islands.

Rainforest Jungle Escape

Book a vacation to a rustic lodge in the Belize rainforest and spend your days climbing Maya temples and playing in picturesque waterfalls. Remote eco-lodges may forego modern conveniences like telephones and televisions to further enhance your jungle experience. Some spots do have Internet, but there is enough adventure to tire you out during the day that you may even forget to check your emails at night.

Small Ship Cruising

Consider a cruise on a small luxury yacht that gives you the option to relax on the deck and enjoy the passing landscape as you take in some sun. The benefit is the lack of constant activities planned throughout the day, giving you a chance to relax without feeling guilty for missing every lecture and event on board. Unlike large cruise ships that cover major distances, these boats usually travel in between close ports, providing plenty of scenery during transit times. One recommendation is Katarina Lines, which offers cruises throughout Croatia. Check out their northern Croatian itineraries that include stops at smaller islands not overrun with tourists. Now is the perfect time to book before they install internet on their fleet.

Live Aboard Diving

Much like the idea of a small cruise ship, divers often find it easy to unplug on a live aboard. Hitting remote dive spots in the middle of nowhere can mean you may go days without even the option to be tempted to check email.

Yoga Retreats and Wellness Resorts

Yoga and wellness resorts are nearly synonymous with unplugging. These resorts and retreats are designed to help travelers escape the hectic pace of everyday life. And Via Yoga Resort offers an extra incentive for travelers looking to unplug, called the Digital Detox. Surrender your electronics and receive a 15% discount on your week-long yoga and surfing retreat in Mexico or Costa Rica. Another great wellness resort where you can unplug is the Travaasa Hana, located on the beautiful island of Maui. They specialize in wellness activities and villas without TVs or Internet access; the amazing ocean views are more than enough entertainment.

African Safari

Much like the premise of escaping to a tropical island or a rainforest retreat, venturing off on an African safari can be another option for travelers looking to unplug. And an adventure in the bush without technology doesn’t mean you have to forego luxury. Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp in Botswana offers zero technology while at camp, but instead, look for “tents” outfitted with huge soaking tubs, outdoor showers, and private pools. Now that’s “roughing it!”

Where is your favorite spot to unplug and unwind?

Note: Available plans and coverages may have changed since this blog was published.

About the Author

Erin De Santiago

Erin De Santiago, a RoamRight Blog Author Erin is a travel and food writer who currently splits her time between the Netherlands and Belize. She's traveled to 60+ countries on 5 continents with a passion for culinary travel, luxury hotels, and all things Disney. Her writing has appeared in numerous online outlets including Gadling, BootsnAll, CNN, Art of Backpacking, TravBuddy, CBS, and more. She was the major author of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize 2013; wrote the official AFAR Guide to Belize; and is also AFAR Magazine's local Belize expert.. In addition to writing for other publications, Erin maintains several blogs, Our Tasty Travels, No Checked Bags, Pooh's Travels, and the brand new Caye To Belize. Follow Erin on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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