It’s time for a digital detox. And it’s exactly what it sounds like — disconnecting to reconnect. It means turning off that phone, shutting down that laptop and truly being present in the now. Thankfully, Cayman Airways flies to destinations that are perfect for a digital detox; and with a little intention and self-discipline, you can find your zen, whether your travels take you to tropical shorelines or the busiest of cities.
La Ceiba, Honduras
The ecotourism capital of Honduras, La Ceiba, also serves as a link to the Bay Islands, which are world renowned for their vibrant marine ecosystem, with ferries and airlines using the city as a connecting hub. Several national parks are located in close proximity to La Ceiba, including Pico Bonito National Park, in the Nombre de Dios mountain range. Pico Bonito’s triangular-shaped peak stands as an iconic geological feature for La Ceiba. Hiking is a popular activity in the park, most notably to its other beloved natural attraction, the Rio Zacate Waterfall; and the park’s canopy is also abundant with a wide variety of birdlife, offering explorers a tranquil environment to refresh and rejuvenate.
La Ceiba is also home to the Cangrejal River, hailed for its whitewater rafting excursions. It’s a thrilling opportunity to experience La Ceiba’s great outdoors, and one that requires to be fully experienced, without being attached to your devices. You’ll be too breathlessly invigorated as you careen through the surging waters to even think about attempting to pull out your phone.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Although known as a popular Spring break destination, Montego Bay, Jamaica, also offers travellers unique outdoor excursions that are best enjoyed device-free. For a getaway from the party crowds, head to the beach or get a taste of Jamaica’s raw terrain. The Cockpit Country is a geologically fascinating region of pits and valleys shaped by limestone, rainfall and humidity. Below the surface of the region are rivers and caves, providing excellent spelunking opportunities for those with a thirst for exploration. The area also contains the highest level of diversity of plants and animals on the island.
Though the waters of Montego Bay are known for their pristine turquoise hue during the day, they also hold a special surprise for travellers at night. The Luminous Lagoon, along the marshlands of Trelawny, is home to millions of microorganisms known as dinoflagellates, which cause the water to produce a luminous glow. Boats depart from the Glistening Waters Marina every evening. Guests also have the opportunity to take a shimmering swim at the end of the tour. It’s an experience so aweinspiring, no filter is needed.
Chicago may not exactly be the first place that comes to mind for a digital detox — or any major city for that matter — but it is very possible to unplug here. One just has to be slightly more creative.
One key to unplugging from technology in a city scenario is to seek out experiences that don’t leave much room for clinging to your devices or even demand that you put them away. If you’re looking to enjoy a cold brew or latte without immediately posting a photo of it on Instagram, head over to Cafe Mustache. Located in Logan Square, the café keeps their Wi-Fi operating during typical work hours but shuts it down at 6 p.m. each evening with the intent of encouraging its customers to engage with one another and the café’s nightly creative events.
The city also boasts dynamic green spaces in which to recharge, such as the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park. The garden contains over 200 plant species and is home to more than 100 species of birds throughout the year, offering a serene oasis year round. The gardens also hosts a variety of tours and workshops, like pollinator walks and botanical drawing classes.
For a transport to the tropics no matter what the season, head over to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Built in the late 1800s, the Victorian-era conservatory houses thousands of exotic plants from around the world, nestled within its Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House and Show House.
If La Ceiba, Honduras, is your destination for your digital detox this year, relax at the lodge at Pico Bonito with the ”Rainforest retreat” package in partnership with cayman airways. This exclusive and all-inclusive offer, for two people, includes round-trip airfare from Grand Cayman to La Ceiba, your cabin stay at the Lodge, three meals daily, guided tours of the rainforest and grounds, and more. Offer valid through December 1, 2017.
Visit these destinations with Cayman Airways
Cayman Airways offers connecting flights to La Ceiba, Montego Bay and Chicago.
To book your flight, call 345-949-2311 or 1-800-4-CAYMAN, contact your local agent
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Author: Jessie Gilmartin