South Gobi Desert, Mongolia

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  • Price: 13-day vacation created by Remote Lands: $10,000 per person (private plane or helicopter adds $15,000-$20,000)

A quick, privately-charted plane ride from Mongolia's capital will take you to parts of the country so remote that picking up a Wi-Fi or cell signal is out of the question.

Fill your days with hiking expeditions, boat trips, horse and camel rides, exploring massive sand dunes and cooking demonstrations. You won't miss texting with friends back at home since interacting with the locals is part of the itinerary, especially spending time with nomad and camel-herding families.

Some nights are spent in private gers -- round, tent-like dwellings -- that include personal bathrooms and showers, the ultimate luxury in Mongolia. According to Catherine Heald, co-founder of tour operator Remote Land, 99% of ger camps have shared bathrooms. Travelers can also request private chefs and masseuses to make their stay more comfortable.

First published January 20, 2016: 4:14 PM ET