If you’re reading this on your phone right now then stop, look up, and take note of the kink in your neck. Yeah we need to work on that. Our smartphones are indispensable parts of our lives but they’re also preventing us from living. We experience less first hand in real time for ourselves in favor of second hand on a tiny screen.
This will simply not do when on your vacation. So let’s digitally detox you in preparation to live, experience, and enjoy your vacation (yes you can still Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram it later).
Step One: Use an actual camera to take pictures. True this is substituting one digital device for another; however, the camera serves only one function – to take pictures/video – which greatly decreases its distraction value. Focusing on capturing the moment, rather than snap – tag – upload, snap – tag – upload, will allow you to be in the moment and experience it with your travel companions in real time and make actual memories of seeing it first-hand rather than on a screen. Just remember, in between taking pictures, to put the camera down and simply look at the scenery around you. Take in the architecture, breath in the history that surrounds you, run your hands over the ancient façade and actually BE there.
Step Two: When heading out for the day, all but one of you leaves the smart phone in the hotel. Smart phones and their connectivity are extremely helpful while traveling – the GPS alone is a life saver. But not everyone needs to bring their phone. Have a designated navigator who uses her phone for ONLY that reason – not social media! You’re on vacation with your friends or family, so be with them and share the experience.
Step Three: Hair of the dog. You’ve been away from social media all day long and your jonesin’ for it, I totally get it! So do your social media posting in the evening. Upload the camera pics to your laptop, ruminate on the perfect hashtag, and induce major jealousy back home. You’re probably about 6 or 7 hours ahead of them which means all your posts will hit during social media prime time back home with plenty of opportunities for your peeps to share, retweet, like, and comment.