In today’s ‘always on’ society travelers aren’t just looking to get away; they’re looking to switch off and not only their minds but, more often than not, their mobiles, tablets and laptops. With this uniquely 21st century need in mind, we’ve scoured the globe for destinations that enable you to go off grid and recharge your own batteries. Leave your iPhones at home and bid farewell to the office inbox: it’s time for a digital detox.
St Vincent & The Grenadines
These tropical islands offer a tech-free sanctuary in the heart of the Caribbean. They take their detox very seriously here with a number of hotels asking guests to surrender their gadgets on arrival. They also operate a strict no TV policy, but then, why would you even consider watching the goggle box when you’re surrounded by dazzlingly white sands and bathwater warm Caribbean Sea?
Mountains are famous for their reception reducing attributes, so where more perfect than Morocco’s awe-inspiring Atlas Mountains to slip off the radar for a few days of indulgence. Find true isolation with only the thinly spread indigenous Berber tribes for company and visit the Drâa Valley, where deserted Kasbahs stand guard over the area’s peace and serenity.
Power-down in African paradise. Lake Nissa is a reception-free refuge of powder-soft sands and sparkling lake shores. You’ll soon forget any technological strife as you stroll along deserted beaches and snorkel through the lake waters, where tropical fish provide the entertainment in a kaleidoscope of colours.
Renew your sense of oneness with a trip to one of the world’s most spiritual countries. Visit the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery that clings precariously to the Himalayan Mountains and stay in the eco hub of the Phobjikha Valley. We will allow you one gadget for this trip; your camera is an absolute must. This experience will have you floating back to work on a sea of calm technology free memories.
It’s not renowned for its calming effects; normally synonymous with honking horns and endless throngs of people coming and going. Fear not though, for up in the Northwest life takes on a more sedate pace and benefits from the soothing rituals of the Orient. Sharing boarders with China and Chinese Administered Tibet the area is home to many a yak, a uniquely blended culture and the deep turquoise lakes of the Indus Valley. The crisp clean air and breath taking views will ensure you forget to charge your Blackberry.