Electronic devices have become essentials in our day-to-day chores, but being on our phones and computers constantly can not only take a toll on the body and mind but also limit our interactions with the life around us. That is when a digital detox comes in as refraining from using electronic devices can give you the opportunity to reduce stress and reconnect with the world. So here is our guide to finding the perfect digital detox getaway in which no internet is needed.
Look to the Northern Lights in Lofoten, Norway
Few experiences on earth can rival the otherworldly glow of the aurora borealis, known to many as the legendary Northern Lights. From late August to mid-April, head to Norway’s Lofoten Islands where from the wondrous fjord rise the colors shining off the shields and armor of the Valkyrie warriors, as legend has it. Against the backdrop of pitch-black night mottled with more stars that you can ever imagine, blue, emerald and shamrock hues twirl across the darkness, gleaming in a way no Instagram filter can emulate. A transcendental sight of pure magic, it’s best savoured not through the screens but with your own eyes.
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Switch off in the Admont Abbey Library, Austria
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library,” Jorge Luis Borges once said. As for the library of Admont Abbey in beautiful Austria, that might just be true. The three massive chambers hold nearly 200,000 titles, the most valuable being the 1,400 manuscripts dating back to the 8th century AD and the 530 incunabula. Resplendent in Baroque pastels and gold, the library is capped with seven cupolas whose ceiling is decked with frescos, alongside elaborate limewood carvings and divine sculptures. Put the phone away and enjoy a read as fascinating as the space is splendid.
Get spiritual on Mount Koya, Japan
The sacred peak of Mount Koya, perched on a mountaintop in the cloud-swirled Wakayama Prefecture, is braided with pilgrim routes, juxtaposing unspoilt nature with Japan’s most awe-inspiring sites. Inside Japan’s Pilgrim’s Paths include a stay at traditional temple lodgings, surrounded by viridescent forests, where you will experience the life of a pilgrim, sleeping on tatami mats, visiting shrines and joining an early morning meditation ceremony before making your way to some of Japan’s finest riverbed hot spring baths. Relish the simplicity of life, and before you know it, you will feel rejuvenated without a phone in sight.
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Seek quietude on the Faroe Islands, Denmark
The ocean can be a sanctuary where one seeks serenity and reflection in solitude as the soul wanders and the mind coasts along the wind-whipped mystic. Adrift in the whirling North Atlantic Ocean, between Ice and Norway, the 18 Faroe Islands are characterised by tall mountains, narrow fjords and a population of 50,000 — a drop in the ocean compared to the bustling cities many have grown accustomed to. An idyllic getaway, the breathtaking archipelago nestled in lush verdant valleys, from which precipitous basalt cliffs and striking waterfalls thrusts right into the sapphire water, rendering a scenery like no other.
Find tranquility in Alberta, Canada
Treat yourself with the gift of wellness from the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Organized by Evolve Retreat Co., the multi-day retreat is a combination of wellness workshops, fitness, yoga and meditation, topped off with a good dose of outdoor adventure that will keep you off the phone. Wake up to the crisp mountain air and spend the morning hiking up the Kananaskis Valley, where the natural life and scenery will take your breath away, the afternoon indulging in the outdoor Nordic spa and the night relaxing with a yoga nidra with live cello performance. Rest and repeat — it is really that simple.
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