25 Off-the-Grid Getaways That Will Truly Let You Unplug
You may have gone 'gramming, glamping, and hygge-ing, but how about “scroll-freeing?” With studies confirming the link between time spent on social media and higher rates of anxiety and depression, it's def worth it to seek out regular phone-free breaks. To truly come back with a brand-new perspective on life, why not try one of these totally remote, totally peaceful, and, yes, WiFi-free "simple-life spots" around the globe. You’ll find huts, cabins, lodges, yurts, even teepees. What you won’t find? Any feelings of FOMO.
You may have gone 'gramming, glamping, and hyggye-ing, but how about “scroll-freeing?” With studies confirming the link between time spent on social media and higher rates of anxiety and depression, it's def worth it to seek out regular phone-free breaks. To truly come back with a brand-new perspective on life, why not try one of these totally remote, totally peaceful, and, yes, WiFi-free "simple-life spots" around the globe. You’ll find huts, cabins, lodges, yurts, even teepees. What you won’t find? Any feelings of FOMO.
Tallahatchie Flats, Greenwood, MS: This mineral-rich alluvial area of the Mississippi river delta is rich in important US history too — just three miles away, on famed “Money Road,” you’ll find the birthplace of Robert Johnson, king of the blues; and down the road is Bryant's Grocery, where a white woman lied about 14-year-old Emmett Till whistling at her, leading to his brutal murder, which helped spark the Civil Rights movement in our country. Back at the flats, the peacefulness of the river delta and live music at the on-site tavern is the perfect backdrop for taking it all in. (Photo via Visit Greenwood, Mississippi)
Haramara Retreat Center, Sayulita, Mexico: With no electricity — let alone WiFi — you will truly feel like you’re going off the grid in oil-lamp-lit rooms of this international yoga & fitness retreat center in one of Mexico’s quaintest and most beautiful coastal towns. Spend time with fellow Zen-minded souls at the upcoming SoulPlay Yoga & Fitness Retreat, taking place June 30-July 7. (Photo via Haramara Retreat Center)
Borgo Casa al Vento, Chianti, Italy: Drink in the rolling hills of Tuscany (either figuratively or literally) with a stay in this hamlet of houses near the village of Gaiole in the Chianti region. The homes are made from traditional stone and feature exposed wooden beams, stone fireplaces, and terra-cotta floors. You can even try a “wine bath” — a massage treatment culminating with a whirlpool bath filled with red grape essence. (Photo via The Roman Guy)
Shaker Village, Lexington, KY: Time travel to life before selfies in these 13 buildings, inns, and private cottages, fully restored in the style of 19th-century Shakers. It doesn’t get more unplugged than activities like beekeeping workshops and horseback rides in the Kentucky countryside (but you’ll probably still want a selfie or two). (Photo via Shaker Village)
Getaway “Secret” Cabins, Upstate NY: Travel Pirates editor Alanna Smith recommends using Getaway, a site that sources “secret” cabins and tiny homes in secluded wooden locations, only revealed to you right before the trip. With locations in New York, DC, and Boston, these one-room lodges are WiFi free, but they have fire pits for old-school bonding with besties. (Photo via Getaway)
Cook in Tuscany, Montfollonico, Italy: Between truffle-hunting, touring fifth-generation vineyards, and rolling your own ravioli, you won’t even miss checking your feeds... but if you do, you won’t get very far. Cell phone and internet reception are spotty in the 700-year-old house — all the better for working on your skills update-free. (Photo via Cook in Tuscany)
Jones Riverside Cabin, Texas Hill Country, Uvalde County, TX: Featured on many lists as an upcoming, “unspoiled” travel destination, this area outside of Austin has many rustic cabin accommodations that make disconnecting a breeze. Jones River Cabin is a nature lodge sitting on the Sabinal river that sleeps up to six. (Photo via Jones Riverside Cabin)
Holly Bluff Island, VA: For something truly off the grid, try this 1930s hunting lodge — set on its own private island and accessible only by boat or kayak. With no electricity, water collected only in a cistern, and refrigerators powered by kerosene, you’ll feel completely at peace. You can even fish for crabs and oysters in the shallow waters over looking Chesapeake Bay. (Photo via Holly Bluff)
Glen Oaks Big Sur, Big Sur, California: Just off Highway 1, you’ll find this cozy retreat, located in the heart of the California redwoods. After a day of hiking gorgeous coastal Garrapata State Park, you can power down in front of the Big Sur Cabin’s cast iron stove and twinkling antler chandelier — or in the pair of clawfoot soaking tubs outside. (Photo via Glen Oaks Big Sur)
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, Winston, NM: Secluded and serene, this old-school dude ranch in the mountains of the 3.3-million-acre Gila National Forest might make you a little twitchy at first — cell phone coverage stops 70 miles away. But with daily horseback rides through deep canyons and tours of the cliff dwellings of the enigmatic Mimbres culture (one of the ancestors of modern Pueblo people), you’ll be too fascinated to miss it. (Photo via Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch)
Sheldon Chalet, Denali National Park, AK: Okay, this ultra-luxurious cabin in the middle of Alaska’s famed Ruth glacial park may not be bare-bones rustic, but you’ll certainly feel disconnected with no cell phone or internet access. The setting is the stuff of 007 fantasies: You have to helicopter in and out and can snowshoe, heli-fish at secret lakes, and even overnight in an igloo. (Photo via Sheldon Chalet)
Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, GA: Featuring a fort built by white colonizers in 1792, this park between Atlanta and Athens offers a large swimming beach, fishing, boating, and even disc golf, all set among its 20.5 miles of trails. At night, check into one of the yurts — complete with a fire pit — on prime spots near the water. (Photo via Georgia Tourism)
Elatse’yi Moutain Retreat, Ellijay, GA: Part mountain retreat and part alpaca farm, this family-owned resort between Athens and Atlanta is truly one of a kind. It boasts a bunch of cool options for overnight accommodations, such as this vintage airstream complete with an outdoor shower and fire pit. (Photo via Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce/Elatse'yi Mountain Retreat)
Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge, Bwindi Forest, Uganda: For those interested in sustainable tourism, this remote lodge in the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the perfect out-of-the-box unplugged getaway. The eight bandas, or personal guest quarters, may not have WiFi, but you won't miss it with their dramatic views of the forest canopy — and you may even spot a gorilla or two right outside the lodge. (Photo via Volcanoes Safaris)
CamelBak Pursuit Series, Austin, TX, Hudson Valley, NY, and Bay Area, CA: These CamelBak-sponsored events have been selling out quickly in recent years, and this year is set to be the most fun yet. Choose from one of three three-day itineraries, complete with meals, nightly open bar, live music, hundreds of guided activities led by expert guides and pro athletes, and — if you choose — your very own glamping teepee or tent. (Photo via CamelBak)
Mountain Trek, Nelson, British Columbia: Ample forest-bathing time, calorie-calibrated meals, and WiFi-free nights will leave you feeling better than you have in a long time at this structured, personalized week-long retreat in some of Canada’s most pristine alpine air. Nighttime lectures focus on the latest in detoxing, stress, and nutrition to motivate you to keep it up once you get back. (Photo via Mountain Trek)
The Alvasjön Residence, Hjo, Sweden: There’s no WiFi or TV, and the nearest town is 25 minutes away — and Stockholm is four hours away by car — but if you can make it to this private residence on a baronial estate, you’ll find yourself in a wonderland of unplugged perfection. Canoe on the river, cycle in the woods, and pick blueberries to your hearts content: You’ll definitely come back with a saner view (if not the beginning to a novel or two). (Photo via Kid & Coe)
Gangtey Lodge, Bhutan: Perched high in the Eastern Himalayas, this kingdom may be far-flung, but it's known as one of the happiest and most blissful in the world. With its magical mountains and pristine terraced landscapes, it's not hard to see why. This 12-room lodge has simple yet luxurious touches like deep copper bathtubs and wood-burning stoves. (Photo via Gangtey Lodge)
Lost Canyon Retreat, Texas Hill Country, TX: The name says it all, perfectly conjuring up images of the classic log cabins sitting upon 40 private acres in Texas’ Hill Country’s River Region. Whether you glide along the three crystal-clear rivers by day or watch fireflies zoom under the big starry sky at night, you’ll start to understand why locals say, “If you can’t get a cell phone signal... you’re doing it right.” (Photo via Texas Hill Country Tourism)
Singletree Wilderness Preserve, Saura Mountains, NC: This thousand-acre wildlife preserve has five woodland cabins and seven bedrooms in its pine and barnwood lodge, all in the quilt-on-the-bed country-cabin style you find less and less of these days — the cabins all definitely without WiFi or TVs. Pull up a rocking chair and start your “postgrad degree in the fine Southern art of porch sittin’," as the owners like to say. (Photo via Singletree Wilderness Preserve)
Arashiyama Benkei Ryokan, Kyoto, Japan: With searches up a whopping 600 percent on Airbnb, ryokans, or traditional Japanese inns, are the hot place to stay this year. This up-and-coming ryokan near bustling downtown Kyoto is known for its onsen, or hot springs baths, while its out-of-the-way location makes it a perfect spot to take in Kyoto's year-round natural beauty. (Photo via Arashiyama Benkei)
Rose Island Lighthouse, Newport, RI: This historic lighthouse has five (affordable!) options for overnight stays, including first- and second-floor rooms decorated with traditional details like brass beds and antique dressers, the more tricked-out Inn Keeper’s room, and separate Foghorn building and barracks rooms for a real taste of history. Since you asked for unplugged, be ready for separate restroom facilities, but the bracing sea air will more than make up for it. (Photo via Rose Island Lighthouse)
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore, Black Hills, SD: People have been trekking to national parks in record numbers in the past few years, but that can mean traditional hotels can get booked up quickly. Set to open in the summer of 2018, these fully stocked tents feature in-tent bathrooms, showers, king-size beds, and solar power, all with prime views of the famed South Dakota landmark. (Photo via Under Canvas)
Hike Inn, Amicalola Falls State Park, Dawsonville, GA: This state park at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail has many cool easter eggs for the intrepid hiker: miles of trails, the 729-foot Amicalola Falls, and the Hike Inn, a solar-powered lodge at the end of a 5-mile hiking trail. The inn sets the standard for "leave no trace," with its family-style meals, communal rain-water-powered showers, and its odor-free composting toilets. (Photo via Hike Inn)
Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island, MI: This idyllic island is car-free, meaning you can truly immerse yourself in its Victorian-era vibe sans distraction. Wander its 70+ miles of hiking and biking trails, partake in multiple varieties of yummy fudge during the annual festival, or just watch the sailboats go by during its many regattas. No matter what, you’ve got permission to slow waaaaay down. (Photo via Mission Point)
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Meghann Foye is an author and travel writer living in Jersey City, New Jersey, who'll never say no to: cold brew iced coffee, the next girlfriend getaway, or a '90s rom-com, even if she's seen it a million times before. You can follow all of her latest discoveries at @meghannfoye.