After weeks of self-quarantine (but who’s counting?), we’ll admit we might be a little more attached to our phones and gadgets than usual. “Technology has brought us many great advances,” says Jeremy McCarthy, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s director of spa and wellness. “But the expectations for instant communication and the increasing pace of change in the world can have negative impacts on our well-being.” The next time you settle in for a meandering scroll through Instagram, consider using that time instead to dream up a future digital detox vacation. Switch from screen to serene with a few of our favorite adventures and retreats to help you truly break away.
On select expedition ships, travelers forgo Wi-Fi for the chance to engage with wildlife and landscapes in unprecedented ways. From Zodiac outings and whale-spotting to kayaking past sea lions and hiking to the Mendenhall Glacier, no one misses surfing YouTube nature videos on their phone.
Several eco-resorts nestled in Costa Rica
’s rain-forest canopy have always focused on tranquility and seclusion, but now detox packages make it official. Guests can hand over phones and laptops to be placed in resort safes and plug into nature with activities such as bird-watching walks, open-air yoga classes, and soaks in private, mineral-hot-springs plunge pools. Thermal-water facials and hot-stone massages add to the relaxation.