Off-The-Grid Destinations Every Adventure Traveler Should Visit
Whether you're interested in seeing as much of this magnificent 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.
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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.
Described as an adrenaline junkie’s paradise, this Portuguese archipelago is still relatively undiscovered, yet still offers a wide range of adventurous activities. From canyoning and cliff diving to big-game fishing and paragliding, all types of adventure enthusiasts will find excitement here. Plus, the islands are free of hotel and restaurants chains, meaning a truly authentic adventure experience awaits anyone willing to make the trip. Photo Credit: Azores Tourism Board, by Ver Açor EditoresClick Here to See Off-The-Grid Destinations Every Adventure Enthusiast Should Visit
Bhutan, South Asia
“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. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
An ideal destination for travelers who truly want to get away from the fast-paced nature of everyday life, the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge sits in the heart of the rainforest of the Cardamom Mountains and offers a unique and comfortable home-base for visitors interested in experiencing Cambodia’s natural ecology. Accessible only by boat, the small resort features 12 safari-style floating tents and guests are invited to partake in activities like kayaking, hiking and boat trips to nearby fishing communities. Photo Credit: Audley TravelClick Here to See Off-The-Grid Destinations Every Adventure Enthusiast Should Visit
Taha’a, French Polynesia
According to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors(PADI), the islands of Tahiti receive as many visitors in an entire year as Hawaii does in approximately 12 days, so for travelers in search of a secluded escape an island like Taha’a is no doubt an idyllic option. Known best for its picturesque beaches and dazzling views, the island also happens to be a top spot for diving, too. “If you dive the right side of the pass, you will discover a deep drop off coated in yellow coral and possibly some white tip sharks,” PADI experts explain. “To the left, you’ll experience shallower dives and witness eagle rays, tuna, moray eels and parrotfish swimming in the shallower waters.” Photo Credit: Guido Amrein, Switzerland/Shutterstock
Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
A trip to this road-less wilderness makes for the ultimate adventure escape. Great Bear Rainforest visitors must rely on the fjord-lined waterways while exploring this vast six-million hectare expanse. The only place in the world where the rare white spirit bear can be spotted, the Great Bear Rainforest is also home to majestic wildflower meadows and wide array of wildlife including grizzly bears, whales, wolves and bald eagles. Click Here to See Off-The-Grid Destinations Every Adventure Enthusiast Should VisitPhoto Credit: Kevin J. Smith /Maple Leaf Adventures
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.