Heading off on holiday gives us a chance to switch off from the stresses of day-to-day life, but can we truly relax if we’re still tied to our phone?
No matter your reason for travelling, be it adventure, exploration or even visiting family – the temptation to check that email notification or social media alerts can be all too tempting and can distract us from some much needed R&R.
Researchers Hayes and Jarvis have scoured the world to find destinations that will ensure you can switch off.
Here are the top 5 places that are perfect for a digital detox.
According to the research, Costa Rica is undoubtedly the best location for a digital detox.
While more than half of the population (66%) has access to the internet 4G speeds of 5.82 Mbps, mean that you won’t be surfing the web quickly.
Instead of being distracted by the internet, you could surf the waves or venture into the jungle.
Costa Rica also has the highest percentage of parkland at 25%, higher than any other destination on the list making it the perfect location to get back in touch with nature.
The Chilean countryside is renowned for its beauty and amazing weather, but that isn’t why it’s second-best on the list.
Based on the number of free hotspots and the population density there isn’t much wi-fi to go around per tourist.
If you manage to find one, it won’t be fast at 18.59Mbps – which is great for a digital detox.
Luckily, there are many outdoor activities, like hiking, mountain biking and sand surfing to keep you occupied and away from your emails.
Chile is also one of the least built-up countries at 0.25% and has 36 national parks that you should definitely visit.
Iceland is mostly known for the Aurora Borealis and the Blue Lagoon, it is also a great place for your digital detox.
Only 0.03% of the land is built on – leaving a lot to be explored.
The beautiful picturesque countryside consists of valleys, mountains, rivers and waterfalls, so be sure to bring your hiking boots and a camera.
There are many things to do in Colombia, from cave exploration to horseback riding, perfect activities to distract you from your digital devices.
Parks also make up 13% of Colombia so be sure to visit one of the 56 throughout the country.
Research showed that only 0.19% of Colombia is built on, leaving a lot of untouched and beautiful space for exploration.
Peru is home to the famous Machu Picchu, and many other historical sites. The South American country is also a perfect destination for some downtime.
Even though nearly half of the population (45%) have access to the internet, you’ll find yourself more occupied by the number of outdoor activities available here rather than checking your emails or posting your latest pics.
These could be exploring the Sacred Valley or trekking through the Amazon.
Helen Adamson, Hayes & Jarvis Brand & Commercial Director says it is vital for both our mental and physical health for us to get the full rest we need.
“Digital devices like phones or tablets can at times hinder our ability to turn-off and truly relax, which is why we conducted research into locations where the internet is limited or unavailable.
Bonus Destination: South Africa
South Africa has scored the 12th spot on the list of top destinations for a digital detox.
While 0.93% of the country has been built on, the rest of it remains an untouched home for animals and insects alike.
Even though more than half the populous country has access to the internet, the 4G speed is quite low at only 15.42 Mbps.
Between that and the many natural parks and safaris, South Africa is an ideal location for your digital detox.
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