In an increasingly connected, urbanized world, our bodies and minds are taking the brunt of our stress.
While traditional yoga retreats promote the benefits of disconnecting with our technology-driven lives, adventure operators are pushing these boundaries by creating ultimate detox trips in destinations so remote that cell service isnt even an option. And theres evidence proving we need these voyages.
Theres a reason you feel refreshed after a hike outdoors. Research from Stanford proves a 90-minute walk through nature can lower the risk of depression, and studies published by the Journal of Environmental Psychology confirm nature enhances a persons sense of vitality.
But one thing that doesnt always compliment nature is technology, and research shows were developing dependencies on our devices. Harvard Business School found that 50% of people continuously check email on their smartphone during vacation, and 44% said they would develop anxiety if they became separated from their phone.
What if you didnt have the option to check your device? What if you went somewhere so remote and wild that connection is impossible?
Read below to discover the worlds best adventures to get you definitively off the grid and into nature.
Establish local connections with Intrepid Travel
After polling a group of 1,500 American travelers, Intrepid Travel found that nearly 40% of respondents admitted to missing a life moment because they were too busy on their phone, and almost 50% said they couldnt go on vacation without one.
In response, Intrepid Travel launched a new set of Digital Detox Tours, designed to disconnect travelers from their devices by reconnecting them with the world. No technology is permitted on the trips, allowing for deeper immersion.
Travelers can visit the Shiripuno community in the Ecuadorian Amazon, stay with a Bedouin family in Morocco, visit a Rural Heritage Palace in India and immerse themselves among the Hmong people in Thailand.
Kayak and raft with Row Adventures
Row Adventures capitalizes on getaways that present an extreme break from the digital world.
Of their trips, the British Columbia and American Northwest tours get you completely unplugged. Travelers to British Columbia immerse in the quiet calm of remote lodges and occupy their hands and bodies with sea-kayaking expeditions. Travelers to the American Northwest raft through rivers and deep valleys in Idaho and Oregon.
Founder Peter Grubb finds these trips increasingly important for families: Getting to a place where being connected isn’t an option allows us to reset our own priority button. It’s a time to reconnect with family and disconnect from the false urgency of our everyday world.
Cycle for your supper with Southern Visions
Whether youre gripping the handlebar of a bike or focused on grating the perfect slice of cheese, theres no time to fumble with cell phones on a Southern Visions cycling expedition.
Ride from locale to locale in search of Southern Italys best ingredients, where your surrounds are beautifully remote and cell service is nowhere in range. Begin cycling from the UNESCO site of Alberobello, riding along a circular path deep into the Itria Valley.
Shop for fresh produce in local markets and visit countryside cheesemakers for Pugliese burrata before arriving to Locorotondo, where your foraging is put to use in the ultimate Italian cooking class wine included!
Sail and weave with Thread Caravan
Sailing and signals dont go together, and Thread Caravan welcomes this break from technology by offering hands-on nature activities in the San Blas Islands of Panama and Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
In San Blas, travelers sail the islands and learn the traditional art of hand-embroidering mola textiles from the Guna people. In Guatemala, travelers connect with artisans to learn processes like backstrap weaving and leather boot-making.
Founder Caitlin Garcia-Ahern sees travelers disconnecting from technology and learning to be present: When youre able to fully connect with local people and nature, you unplug from your home life and youre fully present where you are.
Trek to the ends of the earth with EcoCamp Patagonia
Situated in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, EcoCamp in Chilean Patagonia offers wilderness treks through the parks W circuit, maintaining a no Wi-Fi policy in the process.
At the end of each days guided trek, travelers rest in geodesic domes in the shape of ancient Kaweskar tribe dwellings, offering unobstructed, panoramic views of the star-flecked wilderness.
EcoCamp Community Manager Timothy Dhalleine sees many travelers transform during their trip: Although some people may initially grumble about the lack of Internet, it creates a sense of community and interconnectedness that would be difficult to establish otherwise.
Create cultural connections in Mongolia and Nepal with Black Tomato
Black Tomato specializes in tailor-made itineraries to the most remote stretches of the earth.
Travelers can work and live alongside nomadic communities in Mongolia, where locals still hunt for food using eagles on horseback, or visit monks in Nepalese monasteries to learn Buddhist practices about the influences of spirits on the material world.
Co-founder Tom Marchant reports that his clients are increasingly seeking ways to entirely disconnect: Most of these immersive itineraries include a strong, hyper-local spiritual or survival angle, so they are learning a new skill, and as a result, pushing themselves mentally and physically.
Celebrate the national park centennial in Utah with REI Adventures
On REI Adventures Utah National Parks Ultimate Adventure trip you can simultaneously disconnect from technology while celebrating the National Park Service turning 100 this year.
Its impossible to stay in service range during the trip, as the journey weaves travelers off the digital map and into a 9-day camping adventure, where youll explore all five of Utahs national parks.
There are no outlets for miles, lending more time to immerse in iconic locales such as The Needles in Canyonlands and the ruins of ancestral Puebloan village in Anasazi State Park.
Live the Alaskan Alpine life with Ultima Thule Lodge
Located 100 miles from the nearest road in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Ultima Thule Lodge inhabits the largest protected wilderness on earth.
Set near the Chitna River, the lodge is far away from any Wi-Fi connection, which becomes unimportant once the mountain surrounds take precedent.
Here, adventures arent dictated by itineraries, as Mother Nature reigns supreme. Charter bush airplanes and stop for lunch in the worlds largest non-polar glacier, forage for wild berries as you idle near salmon streams where grizzly bears fish, and soar past 18,000-foot peaks on the Pacific coastline as 1000-year-old glacier ice crashes into the surf.
Detox on a Namibian safari with Wilderness Safaris
Located in the northern part of the Palmwag Concession in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld Desert, guests can pick one of seven luxurious tents to call home.
The unique location in this isolated wilderness provides travelers with panoramic views of Namibias distinctive desert-adapted wildlife, including elephant, giraffe, oryx and springbok.
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