(NPN) - At a time when we continually turn to our devices for directions, some people look to take the path less traveled.
"We're going back to turning off our maps," Keryn Means of WalkingonTravels.com said. "We're turning off our web search. We're meeting the locals."
Means says this trend connects us to people instead of devices and is the difference between being a tourist or a true traveler.
"It's those types of encounters and memories that aren't in any guidebook, aren't in any map on your phone and will never be in any turn-by-turn direction on your digital device," Means said.
There are now websites offering tips and even tour companies that charge thousands of dollars to get you lost.
"Clients are whisked off onto a private jet or a helicopter and dropped into somewhere amazing, usually rather remote, and given an emergency kit," Means said.
It's a trend all groups are trying, young and old, rich and not so wealthy.
"You don't even have to go abroad to do something like this," Means said. "You can go to the next town over."
Semple says it's the challenge she loves and learning new things along the way.
"You definitely learn more about yourself," Semple said. "When you do these self-adventures you know what are your limitations or what's your comfort zone."
If you're worried about safety, some companies offer a satellite phone for emergencies and travelers can contact a team of guides at any time.
When traveling on your own, it's good to keep your phone with you, even in off mode, as a back-up.