• The Curious Traveler

3 Best Off-Grid Destinations

Once in a while, don’t you wish you could just get away from it all—truly escape the everyday routine, disconnect, and not think about anything but the landscape surrounding you? Yes? Well then, check out these destinations:


Elephants Okavango DeltaOkavango Delta, Botswana
Daydreaming about safaris conjures images of solitude while enjoying the sound of the wind rustling the long grasses and watching a heard of elephants loafing about. You can have this and more in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a vast region home to a magnificent diversity of animals. With small, boutique accommodations, the chance of seeing other people while out exploring is next to nil. Most camps and lodges do not have Wi-Fi or cell reception, but we don’t sacrifice comfort to be off-grid—you’ll enjoy sumptuous rooms, modern bathrooms, electricity, superior service, and talented camp chefs who prepare meals that are particularly impressive given the remote location.

Ama Dablam Base campAma Dablam Base Camp, Nepal
While hiking in the Everest region, you can opt for an extra day-hike from Pangboche to the Ama Dablam Base Camp. Ama Dablam is the third most-climbed Himalayan peak, and your guide will point out the climbing route along the southwest ridge. The base camp is located at an altitude of just over 15,000’ on open yak pasture. If the trek coincides with the climbing season, you’ll encounter climbing groups acclimatizing at base camp or fixing a route up the mountain. It is a fascinating introduction to the world of mountaineering. No electricity or running water except the river that meanders through the valley. You’ll feel removed from anything resembling your normal.

Beach campingRock Islands, Palau
Imagine a tropical vacation that is not just disconnected digitally, but requires the utmost sense of adventure as our full-service beach camps do not have electricity or running water (although gravity showers are available for rinsing). We often describe this as a Robinson Crusoe experience, although we do have camp cooks and a support boat. This is an opportunity to be totally off-grid and live by the natural cycles of the sunrise and sunset, enjoying them from a private, white-sand beach.


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