It is no secret that we all spend more time than ever in front of a screen. Holidays are the perfect time to break this cycle and we have put together the top 5 places to visit if you truly want a digital detox.
In 2018 wifi is more important than bed size for holidaymakers. Shocking? To some, yes – but most of us wouldn’t bat an eyelid at the findings. Do you want to be in the 26% of holidaymakers who turn their phone off while away? Book a visit to a low-wifi area that is full of scenic views instead. Our top 5 picks are:
Set your sat nav (or a digital free paper map) for Devon to get lost in rural Dartmoor. A collection of picturesque small villages are yours to explore so take your walking shoes and leave your phone behind. Cosy up in a village pub with your drink of choice and a newspaper that will leave your hands reassuringly inky! You’ll be ‘appier for going app free. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist).
2. West Dorset
The Jurassic period isn’t known for its technological prowess so take a walk along the coastline that bears its name. The coastline is rightly recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; visitors are treated to rolling countryside and dramatic cliff views. It will be hard to resist reaching for your pocket to take a picture of the view in front of you but do if you can!
3. North Norfolk
Norfolk isn’t the most accessible of regions in the UK but it is worth making the effort to visit. Even if you wanted to surf the web, low internet speeds will make it difficult to do so in the most rural areas. Let this be a joy rather than a frustration! Plan a visit to the Broads and see Norfolk from the water; a peaceful haven for your digital detox.
4. Lake District
The Lake District needs little introduction and it is one of the most popular destinations for Staycations in the UK. Head off the beaten track to find some paths less trodden by the hoards of tourists. This guide from Visit England is worth a quick read while planning a trip to the Cumbrian National Park.
5. The Cotswolds
Head west and set up camp on the swaths of green areas you see on your map. The Cotswolds offer a collection of villages nestled among the rolling hills of the region. Navigate the canals on a narrow boat or stay in a luxury cottage; the choice is yours but the beauty is that there is genuine choice for all! Some may argue that the Cotswolds deserves a higher position on this list…
You can not underestimate the health benefits of a digital detox holiday. You don’t need to banish yourself to a hut in a forest to achieve the goal of a truly relaxing break, simply revert back to holiday styles of yesteryear.