We’ve all heard the smartphones-are-making-us-dumber stats. Our cherished devices can impair our memories, reduce our creativity, and disrupt our sleeping patterns. The antidote? Travel—clinically proven to make you smarter (really). The lab-coat set has found that traveling is like Pilates for the brain, making us more creative, more resilient, and better able to problem-solve, even once we’re home. Here, our guide to setting aside the smartphone and picking up your passport, whether that means a 24-7 yoga retreat in the Caribbean, a week in a tiny Mexican town no one’s heard of, or a complete digital detox anywhere outside your comfort zone.
Aislyn Greene, Getting off the Grid Curator
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