Be present and make the most of your travels!
Everything you need to know about how to disconnect with your devices. So you can better connect with other people, places, & yourself.
According to recent studies, Americans check their phones 80 times a day on vacation and more than half don't reduce their phone at all while they are on the road.
In addition, one in ten has reported missing their stop because they were too focused on their screens. While nearly half have reported tripping or bumping into things on vacation because they were too distracted by their phones. Ouch!
And funnily enough, one in four Americans have either climbed a tree, canoed to the middle of a lake or hiked to the top of a hill to get better cell phone reception during vacation.
Comical, yes. But, clearly not uncommon!
Digital Devices & Travel
As Ariana Huffington, founder of Thrive Global reminds us: "As we've rushed to embrace technology that promises us constant connection, endless efficiency and hyper-productivity, we've discovered that the results aren't always as promised".
It's easy to become so preoccupied with devices that we can miss out on the precious moments in front of us.
I mean, no one really wants to spend their travel time endlessly scrolling social media instead of enjoying the wonder in front of them, right?!
Wouldn't it be liberating to have more digital free moments?
Especially during travel?
If you want to feel liberated, you're in the right place. Keep reading.
Setting boundaries with our devices is really a proactive way of practicing self-care. As well as, one of the many simple steps we can take to ensure a more mindful and balanced life.
It's also a part of the growing approach of wellness travel.
Since wellness travel is travel that enhances health & well-being, it makes sense that taking time to unplug & disconnect is a way to recharge during travel.
If you've been here before, you'll know I'm a big advocate of travel as a way to well-being. Wellness travel is for everyone, it can help us to recharge and live our best lives.
And just about everyone could use a good recharge these days!
- cal newport
“the key to living well in a high tech world is to spend much less time using technology.”
If you are anything like me (always seeking more calm), then you value every single moment of your vacation time. To escape daily demands of the daily ding!
Travel is an ideal time to disconnect from the digital world to better connect with the real world. To have more mindful experiences.
So, how can you stay connected with friends & family, use technology to enhance travels and still be fully present? It's about being deliberate. And that all starts with a little thought & planning.
Choose strategies that will help you to cut back on your phone time.
Plan activities that are tech-free, fun & bring you joy!
Immerse in the moments & enjoy recharging your mind & body.
Finding Balance for Better Well-Being
The good news is that there are quick & easy steps that will help you to set limits, reduce screen time and be more immersed in your travels.
It starts with a simple two-step idea, cut back & replace.
Engaging with this two-step process will help you cut back on screen time, while also allowing you to shine a light on the activities that will better connect you to the people and places you encounter.
This approach is really about not letting your tech moments crowd out your interests and passions. This way, you can better embrace the precious moments right in front of you.
And return rested, relaxed & rejuvenated!
You've probably heard this idea before, where your attention goes your energy flows. Make your vacation time count by directing your energies to what you want to experience.
Find your meaning!
Find your joy!
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Use this simple (and free) Wellness Travel Planner to plan your next trip. Because you deserve to thrive!
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There is no one size fits all for formulating a plan to disconnect.
What's important is that you evaluate your own habits, and then choose & implement the strategies that will make the biggest impact on your use.
Read on for ideas on how to cut back on your phone time and instead focus to your travel adventures.
* Put your phone on airplane mode for an hour
* Turn off all notifications
* Leave your phone at the hotel
* Designate daily check-in times
* Set a daily "no tech hour or afternoon"
* Keep your phone out of sight
* Eat your meals screen free
* Go social media free or an hour or a day
* Alternate digital access to every other day
* Don't make yourself available to work
* Use your devices only when it is necessary
* Be mindful about how you use your devices
* Play cards during transit time
* Draw or Journal
* Read a newspaper, magazine or book
* Take photos with a real camera
* Explore like a local & just get lost for a while
* Spend time outdoors take a photo walk or hike a trail
* Attend a concert, the theater or the ballet
* Talk with others (family, friends, locals)
* Send postcards
* Mindfully savor a cup of tea or coffee
* Ask locals where to eat
* Find a quiet place to take an auditory rest
* Exercise! Get that dopamine naturally
Lastly, remind yourself that your attention and presence is far more important to the people & places around you.
And it's a gift to yourself.
Your mind, body, and loved ones will thank you.
The sky is the limit here. Simply find engaging things that will enrich your life. You know those things that make you laugh, smile, or simply feel better.
capturing scottish highlands wildlife on a private photo tour
watching the sunset from a boat cruise in the greek islands
hiking from hut to hut in the breathtaking italian dolomites
taking in the scenic amalfi coast from behind the wheel of a boat
A day spent walking the seven sisters Chalk Cliffs in england (as seen here)
Now, go & plan yourself some awesome tech-free adventures!