Not only are more and more travelers looking for destinations that will allow them to unplug while they unwind, but they’re also increasingly opting for more remote locations— off-the-grid destinations, if you will.
A recent Tourism and Travel Trends Report by Resonance Consultancy found that 26 percent of U.S. travelers enjoy visiting “rare and remote landscapes like Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands or the Arctic,” and 54 percent said they would eventually like to try visiting such places.
Additionally, the report found millennials may be the most adventurous types of travelers—71 percent said they want to participate in adventure activities (defined as physical activity, a cultural exchange or interaction and engagement with nature) that take them outside of their comfort zone when on vacation.
Of course, regardless of when you were born, traveling to some of the more secluded areas of the earth can be a fulfilling and valuable experience in many different ways.
So, whether you’re interested in seeing as much of this magnificent and massive planet as possible or you’re simply interested in exploring some of the lesser-known, far-flung corners of the world, here a few of the most outstanding off-the-grid escapes that every adventure enthusiast should visit.
Amazonian Rainforest, Ecuador
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For those who want to experience the true natural beauty of the Amazon jungle, there’s hardly a better choice than The Huaorani Lodge. Located in a true Amazonian village, guests here lodge in palm thatched cabins, which are an authentic part of the culture of the Huaorani community and blend in with the surrounding environment. Plus, not only will visitors learn how to survive in the jungle from one of the most remote Amazonian cultures in the world, but they’ll also have the chance to hike, hunt, swim, canoe and more.
Bhutan, South Asia
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“The world has few secrets left, but Bhutan is one of them,” Kartie Hickman wrote in Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon. Nestled amidst the Eastern Himalaya Mountains this small, isolated kingdom only first welcomed outsiders starting in 1974. The outfitters at Zephyr Adventures call it “one of the most fascinating and welcome places on Earth,” as there are numerous cultural and natural attractions to be admired including remote Buddhist monasteries, secluded villages and stunning mountain views.