Published On: Sun, Nov 12th, 2017

Travel as an Antidote

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Several sectors of the hospitality industry have responded by promoting opportunities for people to unplug. “Such experiences could be upscale tropical resorts without in-room technology, ranch-type spa retreats or learning experiences such as cooking, painting, writing or photography,” says San Jose, Calif. travel agent Joni Gingrich, part of the Travel Leaders Network. “Other popular choices are being up close with wildlife, so maybe a safari or cruising the Sea of Cortez,” she adds.

One example: The 32 islands that comprise St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) have launched an ambitious “digital detox” marketing campaign describing ways guests can slow down, recharge and rediscover simple pleasures. One selling point (that once might have been thought of as a downside) is that some participating hotels brag they have no TVs and discourage use of technology on beaches. (The SVG also has developed an online guide for prospective visitors with advice for preparing to unplug and for modifying bad habits after returning home.)

JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa, Cancun, Mexico

An oasis in the heart of Cancun’s bustling hotel zone, the resort offers 32-inch flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. But when guests hit the sand, they can take yoga classes on the beach or relax with a good book or conversation in one of the well-marked “tech-free zones” (which operate on the honor system) near the pools. A massage at the Mayan-inspired spa is also a perfect enticement to leave electronic gadgets behind. Through the summer, guests can take advantage of Return of the Vacation packages that include food, beverage and spa credits.

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