‘Off The Grid’ Vacations Without Phones Gain Popularity

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

Vacations that are “off the grid” and phone-less are gaining in popularity, according to a Wednesday report from Marketwatch.

A new travel company called “Off the Grid” is specifically creating vacations that do not permit phones and are without available wi-fi, reported Marketwatch.

Tourists can go to Lisbon, Prague, Split, Barcelona, Lima, and Tulum, as long as they can withstand traveling without their phones on their “screen-free trips,” according to Off the Grid’s website. All of the trips have sold out, Zach Beatie, co-founder of the travel company, told Marketwatch.

“You’ll arrive in your city, check-in, and socialize with your travel companions at a kick-off party. We’ll show you around and give you an Off The Grid travel pack which includes a notebook, a disposable camera, and an old-school phone. We’ll unplug together and celebrate our newfound freedom!” the company said.

The company added it challenges people to be “fully present.” The trips are meant to revitalize travelers and gain a new perspective on using technology upon finishing the treks.

The application process for the trip includes questions on why people do not want to use their phones while away.

The site also notes that cameras are allowed, but they would prefer that they are not attached to a phone. The group does have a designated photographer to take pictures for the group.

A trip to Lisbon, Portugal, is currently listed at $1,500 and Prague, Czech Republic, for $1,650.

There are other travel companies also advertising similar phone-less vacations. The OARS adventure company has a specific Idaho trip called the “River of No Return,” which has no cell phone service. Yoga company Vipassana Meditation Center in Massachusetts advertises phone-free retreats as well as 10-day completely silent retreats, Self magazine reported.

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