If you’ve read books in my Hunt for Jack Reacher series, you know Reacher is as an expert at living off the grid. But he’s not the only one. Sixty-two million people across the globe are estimated to live off the grid in some capacity.
Although there are varying definitions of what this unique lifestyle entails – in the most practical sense, living off the grid refers to being disconnected from the public power grid. In Reacher’s case, he uses power but he doesn’t have a home of any kind.
While it is challenging (and expensive) to live off the grid permanently, many of us enjoy a temporary break from fast-paced lives and ever-present technology while camping.
Last week we looked into some of the essentials you’ll need if you’re planning an off the grid camping experience. Of course, not everyone is as savvy as Jack Reacher in planning and preparing for outdoor treks. Luckily, as the digital world increasingly invades every aspect of life, guided ‘off the grid’ tours have grown in popularity.
Here are four off the grid tours you might enjoy!
If you love a thrill and want to test your abilities to survive without running water or Wifi, a Russian Reindeer Expedition may be up your ally. Hosted by the global adventure company Intrepid, these expeditions bring participants to Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula. During this 15-day trip, participants experience long train rides and reindeer sledding while learning how to survive in -50°F weather.
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Another thrill-worthy experience is the 9-day guided tour of the remote arctic wilderness located on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Visitors are transported to the camp via helicopter, offering them gorgeous views of the glaciers. This trip combines a rugged and technology-free experience with luxury camping. Despite its remote location, the camp boasts private toilets, hot water and gourmet meals that can be eaten while watching whales pass by.
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Those who desire adventure at a more relaxed pace might enjoy the three-day guided canoe trip through the Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia Canada. The trip involves camping overnight at comfortable campsites and spending days canoeing picturesque lakes. Most of the necessary equipment is provided along with clean drinking water and food. Best of all, each morning a fresh pot of coffee is brewed using locally roasted beans.
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If roughing it isn’t your style but you still want to disconnect, there’s the Sheldon Chalet in Alaska. This five-bedroom glacial island lodge can only be accessed by helicopter or plane. Not surprisingly, you won’t find any cell coverage or internet here. There is, however, on-site tour guides, a chef and a variety of fun activities including skiing, fishing, or rappelling to keep you entertained during the day. At night you can cozy up in the lodge while watching the aurora borealis.
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What do you think? Would Jack Reacher be likely to go on one of these adventures (if he took vacations that is)? What about you? Would you enjoy one of these off the grid experiences?