The anti-holiday

Find tranquility at these five off-the-grid destinations.

Whether it's navigating crowded airportsorworrying about how to eat healthy at holiday parties, this time of year can be stressful. And even gathering with loved ones for a traditional celebration can contribute to that, says Ken Duckworth, M.D., a professor at Harvard University Medical School who specializes in mental health. So this year, add a couple anti-holiday days into your travel itinerary during which you head somewhere remote—either solo or with a partner—and unplug from technology. Aweekend away might be especially helpful for introverts who require more quiet time to recharge, adds Duckworth.

Here, five places—including jungle escapes and backwoods cabin—to check out this season.

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  • Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire

    Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire

    Where to Stay: Getaway

    The Amenities: Check into a sleek two-person, 150-square foot cabin that’s outfitted with everything you need to recharge in nature: kitchen supplies, a stove top, mini-fridge, bathroom, fire pit, and a comfy bed. There’s no internet access and limited cell service. To take your digital disconnection to the next level, stash your phone in the designated lockbox. A stock of health-minded provisions (coffee, gluten-free pasta, and almond milk) means you don’t even have to go into town for groceries.

    What to Do: Hike at nearby Terrill Park trails, Bear Brook State Park, or Oak Hill Trails.

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  • Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

    Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

    Where to Stay: The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

    The Amenities: This private barrier island can only be reached via a 15-minute ferry ride down the Hampton River. Your cottage may have a view of glistening marches or empty beaches—but it won’t have a phone or TV.

    What to Do: Fish from the dock, or seine for shrimp and crab. The island is on the Atlantic Migratory Flyway; sign up for a guided expedition to see a bald eagle or one of 280 other species that pass by.

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  • Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

    Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

    Where to Stay: Nayara Springs

    The Amenities: To get to the hotel, you have to cross a footbridge over a stream, a prime spot to catch a glimpse of toucans and hummingbirds. Each open-air jungle villa has its own garden and a plunge pool fed by mineral hot springs. The only thing you’ll see out the window is rain forest and the impressive, active Arenal volcano.

    What to Do: Book a digital detox package and agree to leave your phone, tablet, and laptop in a safe during your stay. You’ll be scheduled for yoga in the morning, meditation classes, and spa treatments.

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  • Jenner, California

    Jenner, California

    Where to Stay: River’s End Restaurant & Inn

    The Amenities: About two hours north of San Francisco, the property is perched on a bluff overlooking the Russian River where it enters the Pacific Ocean. The adults-only cabins (originally built in 1927 for loggers) do not have cell service, Wi-Fi, or cable, but they do have fireplaces and private decks.

    What to Do: Take a stroll among the giant trees at nearby Armstrong Redwoods State Park, or drive about 15 minutes south to sample top-notch pinot noir at the Fort Ross Vineyard tasting room.  

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  • Lizard Island, Australia

    Lizard Island, Australia

    The Stay: Lizard Island

    The Amenities: Fresh from a recent $50 million renovation, Lizard Island is one of few resorts near the Great Barrier Reef. Accessible only by small aircrafts, the island has 24 untouched white sand beaches for 40 rooms. There’s limited cell reception and internet access.  

    What to Do: Dive and snorkel in the reef directly offshore, or take an hour boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef. You can also order a picnic of king prawns, heirloom tomato salad, and local sauvignon blanc to take on a private dinghy to a secluded beach.

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