First Choice Blog
  • We know what you’re thinking. Switching off from Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat might seem like an impossible task. But being on holiday is the perfect opportunity to do exactly that. And thanks to the selection of adventure-filled destinations, like Thailand, Turkey and Sri Lanka up our sleeve, why wouldn’t you want to stop scrolling and start strolling? Keep reading to find out the best holidays for a digital detox…

    Swap likes for bikes in Majorca

    If you picture Majorca as a fly-and-flop vacay, we suggest you think again. In fact, this Balearic beauty is a major hotspot for cycling lovers right now. It’s the perfect place to jump on a saddle and pedal to your heart’s content, thanks to its mixture of flat and mountainous terrains. Not to mention gorgeous weather to help top up your tan. Plus, all of those amazing views of the island will leave you wondering why you didn’t switch off your phone and get outdoors sooner.

    Swap scrolling for surfing in Fuerteventura

    Did you know the Canary Islands boast some of the best surfing spots on the globe? We think that’s a great excuse to start surfing waves instead of the web, to be honest. One of the best places to grab a board and take to the waves is in Fuerteventura. Thanks to its ideal position in the North Atlantic Ocean, surf-worthy swells aren’t hard to come by, sometimes topping five foot. If you’re a beginner, the sun-kissed resort of Corralejo is the ideal choice to get used to the water. Here, you can sign up to surf schools, like Aloha Surf Academy, where you’ll get to learn about water safety, and how to catch white water waves – so you’ll be a pro in no time at all.

    Swap filters for adventures in Turkey

    Trying to peel your kids away from their phones? We’ve got just the solution. Our very own Holiday Village Turkey, in Sarigerme, is full to the brim with fun-filled activities that’ll keep your brood busy all day. It’s got everything from ten-pin bowling, to tennis, football, an outdoor slide pool, and more. The aerial adventure course takes centre stage here, though. Kids will love this purpose-built assault course which they can climb and clamber over. Got some water babies in the family? No problem. Little ones can join in with raft-building in the main outdoor pool, and there are even inflatable canoes which they can try their hand at.

    Swap swiping for hiking in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is basically heaven for nature lovers, so it would be rude not to go outside and explore all of its beauty. The tear drop of India is most famous for being home to masses of Asian elephants, and the island offers plenty of chances to spy on them, too. All you need to do is make tracks for Minneriya National Park, where they’re known to gather in huge numbers. Elsewhere, you’ve got places like Sigiriya Rock that beg to be explored. This 600-foot-high rock is perfect place to swap swiping for hiking. At the top of the rocky mound, you’ll get birds-eye-views of the surrounding national parks, so it’s definitely worth the steep climb.

    Swap emails for nature trails in Thailand

    With its amazing cuisine, other-worldly beaches, and action-packed national parks, we think Thailand is the perfect place to go off grid. Out-of-the-way Khao Lak has been turning more than just a few heads recently – it’s close to the world-famous Similan Islands, nature-filled Khao Sok National Park, and it’s pretty peaceful in comparison to bustling Phuket. Plus, you can get your culture fix at the nearby, 200-year-old town of Takua Pa, which is renowned for its early morning markets, pastel-coloured buildings, and traditional Thai food.

    Ready to swap retweets for a retreat? Browse our First Choice holidays to Thailand, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Canary Islands, and Majorca.

    If you liked reading this, you may also like our review on the Similan Islands, or why if you liked Thailand, you’ll love Vietnam.

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