Nov 15

35 Far-Flung Places to Go To Get Away From It All: WEIRD NEWS WEDNESDAY

Hankering to get away from it all? I’m talking really get away from it all; from the stress of daily life, the Internet , your cellphone? Well you will have to travel pretty far to get away from having any cell service, and being bugged by your boss who seemingly has no boundaries. For your next vacation to get away from it all you can always go to one of the far-flung places of the following 35 countries, each of which has a user penetration rate of less than 20 per cent. Which means that fewer than one in five of its residents can access the internet because of a lack of infrastructure.

Pyramids in Sudan, where less than 20 per cent of the population can access the internet
Pyramids in Sudan, where less than 20 per cent of the population can access the internet Credit: Galyna Andrushko – Fotolia
  1. Guatemala
  2. Honduras
  3. Nicaragua
  4. El Salvador
  5. Senegal
  6. Burkina Faso
  7. Mali
  8. Ghana
  9. Cote d’Ivoire
  10. Benin
  11. Algeria
  12. Libya
  13. Sudan
  14. Eritrea
  15. Ethiopia
  16. Cameroon
  17. Uganda
  18. Rwanda
  19. D.R. Congo
  20. Malawi
  21. Zimbabwe
  22. Zambia
  23. Namibia
  24. Madagascar
  25. Mozambique
  26. Angola
  27. Yemen
  28. Pakistan
  29. Turkmenistan
  30. Nepal
  31. India
  32. Bangladesh
  33. Sri Lanka
  34. Myanmar
  35. Indonesia

Many of these places aren’t on the radar of travelers and their low internet usage is in part down to war, civil unrest, and poverty. Libya, Mali, Yemen, and Burkina Faso, for example, are firmly off-limits, with the Foreign Office currently advising against travel.

But others are well worth visiting. Sarah Baxter’s guide to the 50 best holidays for solitude, published by Telegraph Travel earlier this year, included a beach holiday in Nicaragua, a walking holiday through the Himalayan foothills of Ladakh, India, and a three-day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake in Myanmar.

Why not spot Madagascar’s lemurs and chameleons, go island-hopping in Indonesia, admire Ethiopia’s rock-hewn churches, seek out mountain gorillas in the DRC, or explore Namibia’s photogenic (and utterly desolate) coastline and desert?
The Namib desert from above
The Namib desert from above


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