Vacations for one

Six spectacularly secluded hideaways to help you truly get away from it all.

A little solitude may be good for the soul: While experts have long touted the health benefits of being social, emerging research shows being a loner could be underrated.

Time spent solo can improve feelings of wellbeing, according to a study from the University of Illinois. And ongoing research at Harvard University suggests we form better memories when we're on our own; and multiple studies show people who spend time by themselves are more creative.

“We’re more free to follow our own chain of thoughts when we’re alone,” says Gregory Feist, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at San Jose State University. “If you’re constantly doing things and being social, there’s little time for reflection, problem solving and creative thinking.”

Whether you’re craving a fresh perspective or just looking for a little peace and quiet, relax and reboot with one of these isolated escapes.

Modern Solar Home: Marfa, TX
This modern oasis sits on 242-acre ranch just outside Marfa, a thriving artists enclave in far West Texas. There’s no cell reception, but the solar powered hideaway does provide a landline, Internet service, as well as a modern chef’s kitchen and world-class views guaranteed to inspire.
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Dome in the Desert: Joshua Tree, CA
This geodesic dome sits on five acres of open land, giving you unobstructed views of the sprawling mountains and starry desert sky. The place is stocked with modern boho décor, antique books and natural wood and stone elements that the owners say will help stimulate your mind and spirit. Bonus: A local juice guru can deliver fresh pressed fruits and veggies to help you detox and refuel.
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Punta Jaguar: Matapalo, Puntaenas, Costa Rica
Adventurous travelers can really become one with nature in this open-air tree house hidden in the Costa Rican jungle. (Don’t be surprised if monkeys and exotic birds are there to welcome you.) A private path to the beach leads to the secret surf breaks of Cabo Matapalo.
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The Alumilodge: Malibu, CA
Get a taste of the nomadic life in this retro airstream trailer perched on the hilltops of the Santa Monica Mountains. The vintage camper has 360-degree views of the Pacific, Catalina Island and Santa Barbara Island, and has been updated with modern amenities. Enjoy the vista from your Adirondack chair or tackle one of the many nearby hiking trails.
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Traveling Light: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
Find solace under the Northern lights in your own hand crafted Mongolian yurt overlooking Cowley Lake. Watch caribou cruise by as you sip coffee from your deck or channel your inner Jack London and journey into the Yukon wilderness for fishing, canoeing, skiing, mountain biking and hiking.
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Lighthouse Marlera: Medulin, Croatia
This 100-plus year old lighthouse sits on a deserted coast of Croatia, 2.5 half miles from the nearest village. Swim or snorkel in front of the house (there’s also an old sunken boat to explore) or read a book as you listen to the waves from an outdoor king-size bed with panoramic views—no neighbors in sight.
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48 hours in Milan

There are over 100 miles of cycling paths inside the city.