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TORONTO — For many travellers, the thought of going on vacation without their cell phone is an impossible notion. But this is exactly what Intrepid Travel is encouraging travellers to do in order to make “meaningful connections.”

The tour operator has launched a new range of ‘Digital Detox’ tours that focuses on disconnecting from personal devices to instead connect with the world. The four new tours, ranging from seven to 10 days, will be completely free from technology, including cell phones, laptops, iPads and cameras. Destinations include Thailand, Morocco, India and Ecuador, with highlights such as homestays and hill tribe visits.

According to Leigh Barnes, Regional Director for Intrepid Travel in North America, the trips were designed after the company received feedback from tour leaders and travellers who suggested that people are able to develop stronger connections when they unplug themselves from technology.

“Now more than ever, people are really struggling to detach from the digital world during their holidays,” he said. “We wanted to enable travellers to really unplug and focus on making meaningful connections with their fellow group members and of course, the local people.”

Before departing on a Digital Detox trip, travellers will be asked to sign a pledge committing to the challenge, which includes a full week without Internet, cellphones, laptops and cameras.

Digital Detox tours include: ‘Ecuador on a Shoestring’ (departing Oct. 10, priced at $740); ‘Golden Triangle’ (departing Dec. 7, priced at $850); ‘North Morocco Adventure’ (departing Jan. 10, 2017, priced at $945); and ‘Highlights of Thailand’ (departing Nov. 26, 2016, priced at $1,895).

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