When was the last time you were totally disconnected from the modern world? When you slept under the stars or cooked on an open fire? When you were miles from the nearest source of electricity, let alone wifi access? I have to admit it’s been a while for me – I don’t usually leave the house without a few gadgets and my packing list includes almost as many chargers as clothes. But those moments when you don’t have the distractions of technology or hotel comforts can be the times that you truly experience a place. Here are some of my top disconnected travel moments from around the world.
Outdoor gear store Blacks have teamed up with adventure holiday company Explore for a new photo competition which is all about epic adventures in the great outdoors. The top prize is £2000 to spend on one of Explore’s trips across the world and four runners up will each get £150 to spend at Blacks. Explore have an amazing range of trips on every continent – top of my shortlist would be their safari and wine trip around South Africa or maybe their tour around the Mayan ruins in Belize and Guatemala.
Flying back from Portugal a few weeks ago I was sat next to an old lady (at 90 I’m sure she’ll forgive me for describing her as that!). She was on her way home from visiting her children, but her first travels were a bit more exotic then easyJet. Through the flight she had me gripped by stories of how she travelled around the world in the early 1950s, working as a doctor. She had a car shipped to the States and drove it from Miami, across Canada and then around New Zealand, across Australia and on to South Africa where she travelled into the Congo, despite being on her own and having a broken arm.
At the northern tip of the South Island, Abel Tasman is the smallest of New Zealand’s National Parks. It may not be big but it’s perfectly formed, with golden sandy beaches and a bright blue sea fringed by a dense forest full of bird life. You can explore the National Park by land on the Abel Tasman Coastal Path, a 32-mile walking track that follows the coastline and is one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’. But one of the best ways to see it is from out on the water, on a sea kayaking trip.