6 digital detox destinations
Unplug yourself from technology in these stress-relieving countries
Do you find yourself alternating between laptop, phone and the television remote control? If so, you need a digital detox. As much as technology has grown to serve us better, so has our dependency on it grown to cripple us. For example, when was the last time you memorized a family member’s birthday without the help of Facebook or left your phone at home to have a technology-free conversation with friends? If you wish to unplug for a few days and give your mind and body time to relax, check out these six detox destinations recommended by UAE online holiday booking site HolidayMe. Sweden or Norway: In today’s digitally advanced world, you can get Wi-Fi almost anywhere you go. But if you’re wild camping with a gas stove, a few batteries and a sturdy tent, ‘unplugging’ is actually possible. So, HolidayMe recommends wild camping in Sweden or Norway because – aside from their beautiful and rich wilderness – they have a Right of Public Access law that allows you to camp almost anywhere and anytime you want as long as you pick up after yourself and do not disturb the nature around you. The Cook Islands: It doesn’t get more remote than these 15 South Pacific Islands named after explorer James Cook, who discovered New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The Cook Islands are rich with touristic attractions such as black pearl fields and coral lagoons. They are also quite remote and feature private beach shores when you can really relax. Butterfly Valley, Turkey: Most of us know Turkey for its historical monuments and touristic beach shores, but the European/Asian country is also home to a large variety of butterflies that lay in the Butterfly Valley in the Fethiye district. HolidaMe recommends those who are brave at heart to hike to the valley via a not-so-easy track while others can catch a boat ride that takes them straight to the scene. The valley was named after the butterflies that swarm around its waterfalls and line its canyon’s wall. Yoga holidaying in Morocco: Paradis Plage is an idyllic surf, yoga and spa retreat located on a private beach overlooking the ocean in the North African country. Made of natural wood and large glass windows overlooking the sea, the resort’s theme is calmness and relaxation. Visitors are offered three daily yoga sessions on a beach front yoga pavilion as well as a traditional Moroccan spa. Yoga Shreyas Yoga Retreat, India: Located in Bangalore, this retreat is spread over 25 acres of landscaped gardens and is devoted to helping guests achieve mind and body wellness through traditional yoga. The retreat also serves organic, vegetarian meals from ingredients that are freshly handpicked from the fields. It also uses natural resources initiatives such as rain water harvesting, solar heating and medicinal herb plantations. Yoga Barn, Bali: With countless yoga studios, organic restaurants and spa retreats, it is no wonder that many around the world travel to Bali to detox. However, the Yoga Barn particularly stands out. Located in Ubud, it is designed like a typical Indonesian barn with mud walls and thatched roofs where a variety of self-control activities such as free-form dance, Yin yoga and Vinyasa flow take place.