For sure, if you're traveling from the United States or Canada, getting to this 5.6-square-mile gem is a haul and a half. First, we flew into Sydney from San Francisco, a 15-hour trans-Pacific odyssey on Qantas (Australia's national carrier).* Then from SYD it's about a two-hour prop plane flight to Lord Howe Island (LDH) on the regional airline QantasLink. But 500 miles and a 30-minute time difference later, as you glimpse the island's rugged emerald-green landscape rising from the sapphire Tasman Sea, you instantly feel a world apart from the city you left behind. And with no landlines (residents use satellite phones) and no public Wi-Fi on island, you can be completely disconnected from your cares, too. Let the digital detox begin.