When you go on vacation, do you find yourself spending more time on your phone and computer than you would like? It can be an embarrassing problem: you take a vacation to get away from the stress of connectivity, but just end of falling right back into the same cycles. Not to mention the pressure to document and post the entire trip on social media as it is happening. When did taking a vacation to become a stressful affair? There must be a better way.
For those fed up with free-wifi hotels and artificial connectivity, consider a vacation with no internet connection. Go off the grid for a little instead of laying on beach stuck on Instagram. Taking a break from technology can do wonders on our worldview, mood, and mental health. If you find the right spot, you can indeed feel connected to this beautiful world we inhabit, without the help of a smartphone.
Unfortunately, finding the right vacation destination with no internet connection can be harder than it seems. Over recent years, the internet continues its rapid spread around the globe. Since wifi is usually a key feature to attract Western tourists to hotels and lodging, you will need to do some searching to find a beautiful, internet-free location. Luckily, we saved you some time and compiled a bunch of unusual places with no internet connection. See which one is perfect for you.
Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho National Park, Canada
Do you crave the rustic naturalism of the great north? Breathtaking mountain views, serene lake water, and quaint cabins allow visitors to return to simpler, historical times. In fact, besides some modern amenities, the Emerald Lake Lodge remains mostly unaffected by the world around it since its discovery in the late 1800s. The genuine reclaimed saloon wood makes the lodge feels rooted in its conception. Instead of unwinding with Facebook, guests can take advantage of the dry sauna, outdoor hot tub or fitness center.
There are no shortages of things to do either. Without the internet, you will be able to appreciate the grandeur of the Rockies’ peaks fully. Or, if you prefer a quieter getaway, hole up in the cabin with a good book by the roaring fireplace. Depending on what season you go in you can also hike, canoe, ski, ice skate, bike, ride horseback, dog sled, or snow show.
Ferienpark-Neumatte Campground, Black Forest, Germany
Though there are plenty of wifi-enabled hotels around the area, the Black Forest in Germany is something that you should appreciate without the stress of the digital world. Luckily, there are plenty of self-serving campsites and cottage in the area to stay. This small, one to two-bedroom cottage in Ferienpark-Neumatte — which includes essential amenities like BBQ grills, playgrounds and eating ware — offers everything you need to enjoy an extended, unplugged vacation in the Black Forest area.
The Black Forest is a magical location because beautiful, European towns are tucked away in rolling mountains and lush greenery. Visit the city of Baden-Baden for a world-famous spa experience. Take a boat or bus day tour to visit the historic cathedrals, museums, and monuments in the surrounding towns. Whether it is the dinner theaters of Teamwelt, the hiking trails of Wasserfallsteig, or the Hasenhorn Toboggan, there is no shortage of activities to fill your day.
Punta Placer, San Agustinillo, México
If your ideal unplugged vacation is a tropical beach with a margarita in your hand, then you should definitely check out Punta Placar in San Agustinillo, México. The remote fishing village offers bungalows with a fantastic view of the ocean. You can relax in a yoga class or fitness. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, you can take part in an ancient Aztec ritual: the Temazcal.
Punta Placer rooms come with hammocks, private bathrooms and a kitchen area with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. San Agustinillo is also known for its diverse sea life and fun snorkeling adventures. The beaches of the village are a sanctuary for endangered sea turtles. If you come in the right season, you can help the newly born sea turtles make it to the water.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California
You never truly appreciate how old the world is until you witness the giant sequoia trees of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in California. The trees are the size of a twenty-six-story building and rank amongst the most abundant living organisms. Admire the trees on camping, fishing, horseback ride, or rock-climbing trip. Or, you can stay a while and do all five.
If you want to stay the night, you can sleep at the Bearpaw High Sierra Camp, which offers warm showers, comfortable beds, and a hot meal. Or if you prefer to go a little more rustic, you can reserve a location at fourteen different camping locations. Make sure to visit the Crystal Cave while you are here. There is also skiing and snowshoeing if you decide to come in the winter.
Ultima Thule Lodge, Chitina, Alaska
For those that prefer a bit more luxurious stay in the last great frontier, there is the Ultima Thule Lodge in Chitina, Alaska. The cabins combine the rustic and chic into a fantastic new arrangement of modern design. New leather furniture and beautiful wooden desks surround the rooms. In the main lodge, meals and good times await you with an open kitchen and long, family-style dining table.
But the scenery outside is the real beauty. Whether it is soft lavender gardens or the hard mountain peaks, the landscape is unparalleled. Luckily, there are multiple ways to witness it. Hikers can behold the stunning scenery and local wildlife, including foxes, bears and mountain goats. Or if you are feeling braver, you can take an air safari. Hop in one of many bush planes and witness Alaska the way it was meant to be seen: from the sky.
Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Everyone needs to see the Grand Canyon at least once in their life. If you are a hiking enthusiast, there is no better way to witness the majesty of the rock structures than the various twisting trails. It can get sweltering in Arizona though, so it best to seek lodging so you can recharge and start the next day again. For disconnected explorers, the Phantom Ranch is the perfect destination. The Phantom Ranch is very remote, so it can only be reached by hiking, muleback or via the river — no internet out here.
Cabins come with two beds, sinks, and hand towels. If hikers want to take a shower, they can use the central facilities in the middle of the ranch. If you are in a larger hiking group, there are also dormitories available for rental. Make sure to book far in advance; the Phantom Ranch gets very popular during tourist season.
Remote Hotel, Puerto Natales, Chile
The Remote Hotel is one of the best ways to become fully immersed in the historical culture of Chile. The elaborately designed hotel is overlooking a gorgeous lake and mountain. There is hiking, kayaking and mountain biking excursions on the many diverse ecological zones. The rooms are quaint and straightforward — an excellent incentive for getting out and exploring the beautiful Chilean environment.
Because Chile has access to fresh food from both the sea and land, it has become a focal point for an international gastronomy movement. The best possible meats, seafood, vegetables, and wines are all incorporated into creative and delicious meals. You can also relax with a jacuzzi and back massage.
Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
Those in the South can explore the beautiful coastal landscape of Georgia on Little St. Simons Island. Whether it is the curving canals of the marshland or the warm beaches, there is almost too much wildlife to take in. Little St. Simons Island is home to sea turtles, pelicans, manatees, and herons — an animal lover’s dream! Around the island, you can visit ecological reserves, wildlife tours, and maritime museums.
Cottages might look rustic on the outside, but inside they have been refurbished with quaint contemporary furniture, bedding, and bathrooms. Three meals, including beer and wine, are included in the nightly rate.
When you go on a vacation with no internet connection, it allows you to appreciate the culture or wilderness you are visiting more fully. Instead of being connected with social media, you experience a tangible, human connection. These connections are what make life worth living. Hopefully, the list gave you some ideas about where you want to spend your vacation. Get out there and explore, and make sure to leave your phone and laptop at home.