With the branches of the digital world widespread and spreading far and wide, one has to go to great lengths to find a place with no active internet connection. Even a decade back a few regions around the world had no internet connectivity whatsoever. As of the present date, it is possible to get at least weak connections via satellite if not broadband. But, if you do want a true digital detox, we have a few places in mind for you where the very limited internet access will make you want to give up trying to find connection. By Shubhanjana Das
Only 26% of the Guatemalan population uses internet. The WiFi connection may be weak in Guatemala by its enchanting rainforests, volcanoes, ancient Mayan sites and Central American culture. Switch off the internet and login to some serious connecting with self for that’s what a Guatemalan vacation should be for. Your Instagram stories and updates can wait a while.
Myanmar unlocked internet access only two decades back. Even then the military government has had strict monitoring on its usage. In fact, till date, only about 1% of the Burmese population has internet access. Move out of the city center, and you’ll have to pay a price for (wobbly) internet access. Bagan, Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake, and Shwedagon Pagoda are only few of the various sites that this Southeast Asian nation boasts of. Actually, you’ll be taken aback by its sheer untamed beauty the minute you land in Myanmar. Who needs internet anyway!
State-controlled press and communication system in Turkmenistan largely limit common internet usage. However, for tourists, that is a welcome change from the overwhelming flurry of the social media. The soviet style capital of Ashgabat, the architectural ruins on the Silk Road route, or the Darvasa flaming crater — get your camera out and leave your phone behind for you would want to have as many memories of this place as you can.
Madagascar may not have impressive internet connection but its dense forests and bewildering wildlife more than makes up for it. You’re gonna have a hard time taking your eyes off the vivid greenery. In fact, if you’re distracted by notifications and emails, how can you spot the lemurs and chameleons?
It was only in December last year that Cuba allowed mobile internet connection, before which WiFi was cost-prohibitive as well as restrictive. We suggest you grab the opportunity and go out and explore its right history. The quaint Cuban lanes coming alive with street art, visit Trinidad and Havana and much more! Who needs to continuously check travel guides on the internet when you can make your own? Cuba is all things magic, set back in time, and you’ll see why the restriction on internet usage ends up adding to your experience.