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Unplugged: 6 tech-free family destinations

written by Intrepid Travel March 1, 2018
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Separating the kids, and especially your teenagers, from their smartphones, laptops, games consoles and TVs can feel nigh on impossible at times. So what about this bright idea? Whisking your family away to some far-flung place where technology isn’t depended upon (and might not even work). If this sounds like the perfect solution, check out these six tech-free destinations.

Cuba

Streets of Havana

Image by Alexander Kunze on Unsplash

This Caribbean Island is slowly making its way into the 21st century. But, for now Wi-Fi still isn’t widely available across large parts of the country. Enjoy a refreshing break from social media spam and constant instant messaging updates, as you become captivated by Cuba. Snorkel in the waters off Cayo Blanco, see the site of Che Guevara’s famous train battle and wonder round historic Havana.

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The Inca Trail

Along the Inca Trail

Image captured by Patrick O’Neil

Everyone will struggle to get signal, as the whole family tackles this famous 4-day hike through the Andes. Trek passed a multitude of lesser-known ancient Inca sites like Huillca, Raccay and Llactapata. Scale menacing Dead Woman’s Pass at over 4,000 metres above sea level. Cross the Aobamba River, with views of the Sayacmarca ruins. Before walking into breath-taking Machu Picchu on the final day.

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Borneo

Proboscis monkeys in Sabah

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Get back to nature and away from technology on a magical journey to explore the natural wonders of tropical Sabah. Learn about what local projects are doing to help forest rehabilitation. Stay overnight at an eco-camp amongst jungle birds and beasts. Spot crocodiles, macaques and quirky-looking proboscis monkeys on a boat ride down Kinabatangan River. Keep an eye out for wild orangutans too!

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The Sahara

Camel safari in the Sahara

Image captured by Annapurna Mellor

Leave your iPhone behind and recreate simple nomadic life, with a 3-night camel safari through this world-renowned desert. Camp out under the crystal-clear starry skies at your very own Bedouin camp. Stroll across enormous orange sand dunes, drink mint tea and watch as the scenery around you changes colour with the setting sun each day. Don’t forget a scarf to keep the sun off your head.

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The Himalayas

Sun-tipped mountains of Annapurna

Image captured by Darell Wong

Prepare the family for a very remote travel experience, as you trek into the incredible Annapurna mountain range. Walk at a leisurely pace, pass across rice fields, climb through settlements offering superb panoramas, and meet the locals from these isolated communities. Before spending a night camping in the small village of Chispani, and witnessing an unforgettable sunset over snowy peaks.

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South Africa

Family of zebra grazing in Kruger National Park

Image captured by Alison McCarthy

Swap ringtones for roars on safari in Kruger National Park. Head out on several game drives, in search of some of its wild beasts. Plus, if you’re not all animalled-out, a night drive is also an option. We’d suggest you don’t miss it, as it’s a great chance to spy nocturnal animals and potentially a night predator or two. Catch a lion or hyena out hunting, or an impala in search of a late-night snack.

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Ready to escape technology and experience something a little more enriching? Browse our range of specially-designed family breaks now.

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