In the busy, technology-obsessed era that we’re living in, it seems to be getting harder and harder to find time to truly disconnect and recharge. Vacations are supposed to be a time to do just that. However, more often than not, we find ourselves checking work emails or glued to social media instead of really soaking in the destination.
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According to the Vacation Confidence Survey conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, more than half of US workers would lie about having bad internet and cell phone service in order to avoid work obligations. It’s obvious that many travelers want to unplug when they hit the road. And we can definitely relate!
If you are looking for some great off the grid destination ideas, we’ve got you covered! Our list of awesome off the grid vacation ideas include destinations where staying offline is easy! We’ve been to all of these places ourselves. We found there was little to no internet connection, bad cell service, and as a result, a special atmosphere.
We personally take at least one off the grid vacation a year and would highly recommend it to all!
Off the Grid Vacation Ideas for Your Next Trip
Patagonia (Torres del Paine)
Chilean Patagonia is known for its stunning landscapes, incredible nature, and world-class trekking. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the star of the region, Torres del Paine National Park, is one of the finest nature reserves in the entire world.
Many people visit specifically to hike the W Trek, which is the most famous hiking track in the park. There’s no service out there in the wilderness, which makes Patagonia the perfect place for an off the grid vacation to reconnect with nature.
Where to Stay: Las Torres Hotel is our favourite sustainable accommodation option in Torres del Paine. The hotel is located inside the National Park, which makes it an ideal base for accessibility to day hikes within the park. Much of the food served at the hotel is sourced straight from their garden and their full-board packages allow guests to try a variety of foods and award-winning cocktails on site.
Famous for endemic wildlife and stand-out natural experience, the Galapagos Islands deserve a place on every traveler’s bucket list. Wifi on the islands is limited, even in hotels, so it’s an easy place to disconnect from the world and enjoy wildlife!
The main islands of San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela are all packed with activities. You can scuba dive or snorkel with curious sea lions, bike around the island, kayak or visit the wildlife sanctuaries. There’s great hiking on volcanoes and of course, the famous marine iguanas and giant tortoises. These amazing creatures can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Where to Stay: On the island of Isabela, we loved the Chez Manany Galapagos Ecolodge, on Santa Cruz we recommend Lonesome George Eco-Lodge, and on San Cristóbal, the Galápagos Eco-Friendly Lodge is an excellent choice.
Since Cuba is still a nation coming into its own, the internet in Cuba is scarce and the charm is high. From driving around old town Havana in an antique car to riding horses in Viñales to exploring the far east in Baracoa, there is so much to do and see in Cuba.
WiFi hotspots are few and far between, offering you the perfect chance to relax and disconnect on an off the grid vacation.
Where to Stay: All around Cuba, your best choice for accommodations is the many casas particulares that are essentially homestays and guesthouses. Locals make a decent amount of money renting out the extra space on their properties. So, not only are you supporting the local economy, but you’re also getting a fully authentic experience.
For a unique unplugged vacation, head to Mongolia and visit the famous barren steppes. Horse trekking is one of the most popular experiences in the country and will give you the chance to see some incredibly remote places just like the locals do. A trip to the Gobi Desert is another must for a chance to stay in local ger style accommodation and
Where to Stay: If embarking on a horse trekking adventure, you’ll likely stay in local “gers” along the way. Most of these can not be booked online, so it’s important to prebook a tour that includes accommodation.
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
The Osa Peninsula is one place in Costa Rica that everyone should visit for its incredible nature and pace of life. Many travelers come to experience Corcovado National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on earth.
The dense jungles offer chances to see the elusive yet populous jaguar. Base yourself in the small town of Puerto Jimenez and spend days exploring the region by taking trips into the Corcovado National Park, kayaking in the mangroves, birdwatching or enjoying the beach.
Where to Stay: Lapa Ríos is one of the best eco-hotels in the area with such features as stunning views of the rainforest and in-house naturalists that both protects the environment and takes you on tours to see the best wildlife in the region.
A safari in the Serengeti is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You’ll be out in the savannah daily, searching for the “Big Five” and taking in magnificent landscapes. Spend your days on daily game drives and if you are lucky, catch the wildebeest migration taking place twice a year along the Mara River.
While it’s not the cheapest destination on earth, it’s the perfect place for a digital detox, since there will be little to no cell reception or internet around.
Where to Stay: There are eco-lodges dotted all over the Serengeti, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a stunning yet sustainable place to stay during your time there. We particularly love Lemala Camps & Lodges.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
If you want natural beauty in a remote corner of the world, then Raja Ampat is the destination for you. This series of islands in the eastern part of Indonesia is synonymous with lush green landscapes, incredible views and some of the best scuba diving in the world.
The biodiversity in Raja Ampat is unprecedented. You’ll see everything from wild macro creatures to large animals like sharks and rays. Above the surface, you’ll have the chance to see rare birds, cave carvings, deep and mysterious jungles, and some of the most pristine beaches on earth.
Due to very little infrastructure and even less internet connectivity, Raja Ampat is a fantastic place to unplug. You’ll spend a lot of time on a boat as well, so you’ll have no WiFi for miles around. In general, any liveaboard scuba or sailing trip is an excellent idea for an off the grid vacation.
Where to Stay: Especially if you’re planning on going scuba diving in Raja Ampat, a liveaboard boat is the best way to see the region. You’ll be able to see much more and diving each day will be all the more convenient.
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Tasmania is one of Australia’s least-visited territories which makes it all the more appealing to those who want an unplugged vacation. There are so many wonderful places to visit in Tasmania, especially for those who love the great outdoors. There are numerous National Park, like the Cradle Mountain National Park, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Mt Field National Park, Freycinet National Park and more!
The hiking opportunities are endless, but Tasmania is also known for its amazing seafood, rich history and vibrant cities.
Where to Stay: If you’re exploring close to Devonport, make sure not to miss the Sunrise Devonport, one of the best hotels in town. If you’re in Hobart, check in to the Hobart Hideaway Pods for an incredible boutique eco-hotel experience.
Hiking is always a great way to disconnect while traveling and Peru is one of the best places in the world to do so. It’s a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. However, many don’t realize that the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are just the tips of the iceberg.
Treks like Choquequirao or the Moonstone Trail are fantastic and a lot less crowded than other more popular routes. Incredible hiking can be found all over Peru and it makes for an awesome off the grid vacation.
Where to Stay: If you’re going on a multi-day trek, you’ll likely stay at campsites along the way.
Sahara Desert, Morocco
There’s nothing like mountains of sand in all directions to make you forget about your phone. The Sahara Desert in Morocco is one of the most incredible deserts in the world and it’s one worth visiting if you are looking to escape and unplug from the day to day grind.
You can go on a camel safari to visit an oasis, stay overnight in a campsite, or just simply relax at your camp during the day while waiting for the joyful campfires. Enjoy each night under starry night skies.
Where to Stay: For an eco-friendly glamping experience, Camp Adounia is an awesome choice. You’ll stay in the desert in luxury tents and experience full board that includes delicious food and of course, Moroccan mint tea.
Overall, we couldn’t recommend an off the grid vacation enough to anyone who feels caught in the rat race of modern life. Traveling is one of the best ways to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. Doing so becomes infinitely harder when glued to a screen or when you’re constantly on phone calls.
So why not make your next getaway an unforgettable off the grid vacation!
Where would you most like to go to unplug and disconnect?
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