15 best places to go off-grid in 2023


Peace, quiet and the freshest of air: some of the world’s most remote destinations are sanctuaries of stillness and solitude. 

These are the kind of destinations that give you the luxury of disconnecting from the glare of a screen as you reconnect with your natural surroundings – and yourself. 

The following destinations are highlights from Lonely Planet’s new title Offbeat, an inspiring book that introduces 100 exciting alternatives to the world’s most over-touristed destinations for your next trip.

The question now is: where do you want to go? Hopefully this guide can provide some new answers.

A rooftop tent set among the mountains of Lesotho, AfricaA rooftop tent set among the mountains of Lesotho © Edwin Remsberg / Getty Images


The tiny mountain kingdom where communities are investing in tourism

Dominated by the Drakensberg and Maluti mountain ranges, tiny Lesotho can claim to be the world’s highest country – even its lowest point, in the so-called Lowlands, stands at around 1400m (4593ft) high. While hiking or trekking on a sturdy Basotho pony through this sparsely populated mountain kingdom, you’re more likely to meet a shepherd clad in a traditional Basotho blanket than the tourist crowds of South Africa, which fully encircles Lesotho. In 2019, just 800,000 international tourists explored its exhilarating 3000m(9840ft)-plus passes, compared with the 15.8 million who visited South African highlights such as Table Mountain and the Blyde River Canyon.

The former British protectorate’s community-run backpacker lodges, often occupying the mountaintop trading posts that once served the remote villages of thatched rondavel (roundhouse) huts, remain a travel secret. Even Prince Harry’s connection to the country – he worked with AIDS orphans on his gap year and co-founded the charity Sentebale – has yet to put this rugged country on typical sub-Saharan…

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