In our modern world, it can often feel like it’s impossible to switch off, with our smartphones perpetually in our hands and notifications popping up minute after minute. Busy, fast-paced lifestyles might be productive in some ways, but they can be detrimental to our overall sense of wellbeing – and a growing number of us are opting to take holidays during which we can digitally detox and shake off the stress that often comes with city living, placing a focus on rest, relaxation, outdoor activities and reconnecting with nature.

Spending time in green spaces has been shown to be beneficial for mental health, and being on, in or near water has a similarly calming effect – so there’s a lot to be said for a remote getaway that will allow you to fully immerse yourself in nature and get away from it all. Whether you prefer to stay active or simply want to enjoy some peace and quiet, there are some amazing ways to get your fix in every corner of the globe. Here, we take a look at three amazing remote holiday ideas designed to help you escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Camping in Noosa, Australia

3 remote travel ideas to escape the hustle and bustle of the city
Friendly locals, slow beach days and unique adventure activities make Noosa one of Australia’s most popular beachside destinations

Australia might seem like a long way to travel just to go camping, but it is undoubtedly one of the most impressive destinations in the world when it comes to natural beauty, and when it comes to escaping the stresses and strains of modern life, it doesn’t get much better than spending a few nights under the stars in Noosa North Shore.

The charming beach town of Noosa is already a popular choice amongst holidaymakers, but out in the everglades, you can find the ultimate sense of calm. The Habitat Noosa Everglades Eco Camp, set in 26 hectares of breath-taking land topped by a leafy canopy of trees, is a dreamy choice, and you can meander down the river on a kayak or go hiking one of the many trails on offer.

If the idea of pitching a tent leaves you breaking out in a cold sweat, then it’s entirely possible to make the most of the experience without compromising on luxury. Hire a camper and you’ll have all the mod cons you need for a comfortable stay. Vans with roof top tents are another great option, and will allow you to continue your Aussie adventure elsewhere afterwards if you’re keen to incorporate the experience into a longer road trip.

Hiking in the Lake District

View from Helvellyn peak in National Park Lake District in England.
The Lake District is England’s largest National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Fancy staying a little closer to home? Then renting a luxury chalet in the Lake District is a great way to get away from it all – and if you’re the active type, then a hiking holiday could be just what’s needed to blow away the cobwebs. There’s just something about fresh mountain air and spectacular scenery that instantly brings you home to yourself, and the Lake District offers numerous different trails you can choose to navigate depending on your level of skill and experience.

Hartsop Fold, set between Brothers Water and Patterdale, close to Ullswater, makes for a great base and offers some great scenic walking options from right outside your door. Nestled in a tranquil valley surrounded by mountains, you’ll find Helvellyn and St Sunday Crag within easy reach, and when you’re craving some downtime you can relax in your luxury hot tub whilst watching squirrels and red deer wandering by. It doesn’t get much dreamier than that.

A Maldivian island getaway

Majestic Aerial View to the Luxury Water Villas with Wooden Roofs among Clear Blue Water with no People around in the Heart of Indian Ocean - Maldivian Islands
The Maldives abounds in phenomenal holiday settings, unparalleled in terms of their striking visual beauty. Image credit: Dave Primov/

If sun, sea and sand are required criteria for your 2023 escape, then waste no time in heading straight for the Maldives – flying first class, of course. A destination beloved of the rich and famous, this stunning archipelago of islands offers numerous exclusive and private resorts to choose from, with five star service, high-end fine dining and private butlers all coming as standard.

There’s just something about the seclusion offered by a private water villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, and spending your days relaxing on your deck, snorkelling in the crystalline waters with marine life, and strolling on the powdery white sands of the beach at sunrise that can’t help but instill an instant sense of bliss and calm. The Four Seasons Maldives Resort at Kuda Huraa might be one of the most expensive resorts, but it’s also one of the most beautiful, so if you’re dreaming of island life and long, hot days in the sunshine, then look no further.