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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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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