Every now and then, running away to hide from the monotonous drag of the everyday is exactly what you need to recuperate from your physical exhaustion, rejuvenate your waning spirit, and rejoice in the beauty and pleasure that makes life worth living. Sometimes the best places to travel for a profoundly gratifying vacation can be found far off the beaten path and away from the usual bustle of the more popular tourist destinations. These remote, disconnected areas of the globe are becoming fewer and far between nowadays thanks to the rapidly expanding cell phone coverage and the ever growing technological advances across the world. Really, if you have enough cash, there is nowhere in the world you can go where you would be completely disconnected from civilization…unless you want to be, of course.
If you’re a beachgoer who yearns for quiet, solitary peace on a deserted island beach, then Papua New Guinea is your perfect hideaway. Occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and including the islands of Manus, New Britain, New Ireland, and Bougainville, this breathtaking country literally has almost no tourism infrastructure and has only recently been more thoroughly explored. Visiting Papua New Guinea is like stepping into the great unknown, which is undoubtedly part of its charm. The arresting natural beauty and myriad of multifaceted cultures make it one of the last places on earth where you can embrace being entirely out of your element and embark on some truly life-affirming experiences.
Or maybe you crave isolated and snow blanketed winter slopes where you can escape the crowds of the more popular ski resorts across the globe. The country of Andorra, a tiny nation between France and Spain, tucked away in the Pyrenees mountain range, offers some spectacular skiing far away from the congested resort destinations in the Alps. The capital city of Andorra la Vella is just a short drive to the primary ski spots of the region and it offers some of the most beautiful European architecture, delightful bars and restaurants, and the city’s popular annual music festival is held every winter.
If you seek thrill and adventure, then head to Si Phan Don, Laos. Si Phan Don, which literally translates to 4,000 islands, is located east of the more popular tourist destination of Thailand, in Southeast Asia. Laos’ Mekong River is dotted with thousands of tiny islands, perfect for hiking, biking, and exploring. You can even take a boat tour for only a dollar or two and then head back to your waterfront bungalow along the beach for a relaxing evening. The bungalows can be rented for only a few dollars a night as well; so although traveling to Laos might be a little costly, once you arrive, a dollar can go a long way.