Looking for a distraction from Inauguration Day? Yeah, us too. Plan an escape to, or simply daydream about, these Twitter-free, remote escapes our friends at Homestay.com have uncovered in some of the world’s most remote locations.
Pack your bags and disconnect from the internet at any of these spectacularly beautiful spots, or spend some time vacation planning instead of turning on the TV come January 20. Whichever you choose, these four amazing recommendations, ranging from a Spanish yurt to a traditional Balinese home, will provide plenty of distractions.
Yurt in Mala, Spain (from $52 per night)
Surrounded by nature in northern Spain’s wild countryside, Casa Serena is a stunning and comfortable yurt with its own garden and private space. Bikes are available to borrow from host Stefano and his family (which includes 3 kids ages 1 to 14), who also provides a breakfast in the beautiful outdoor area overlooking the sea.
Farmhouse in Alba, Italy (from $48 per night)
Hosts Rossello and Carlo left Milan for a simpler life in Monferrato, Italy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous Italian wine regions in the world. Their serene farmhouse is home to animals ranging from geese and rabbits to donkey and chickens, sure to be a family pleaser, as are the nearby castles and farms.
Spacious Home in Havana, Cuba (from $48 a night)
For a real internet-free getaway, take a quick non stop flight to Havana, Cuba and this lovely apartment, which overlooks Plaza of the Revolution. The family that hosts this stay loves to run, play volleyball and swim — making them a perfect host for families and kids.
Traditional Balinese Home in Bali, Indonesia (from $19 per night)
Having had guests from all over the world, host Made (pictured on the left) and his wife and three daughters, enjoys acting as a tour guide when he has international visitors. Activities offered include walking around the nearby rice fields, visiting the village temple, and lessons in Balinese Bamboo music–but no TV, how great does that sound?
(Btw, Homestay.com, has 50,000 options in more than 150 countries with hosts that are usually happy to give guided tours and share their favorite local activities — so if you don’t find your perfect getaway below, keep looking!)