Summer is here, and for many of us this means vacation time (YAY!). Have you thought about taking a vacation from more than just work/school? Maybe a digital detox with no emails, social network updates or phone calls is what you need? If so, here are some advice on the road:
– Take baby steps
Start with going without your smart-phone for a few hours and see how it feels. What’s the worst part? What do you miss the most?
– Don’t do it on your own
Tell your friends about your detox and ask for support, mentoring or a partner in crime.
– Find a substitute
To me, the scariest part about a digital detox would probably be not being able to upload photos to Instagram – I take photos all the time!:-D If you are like me, consider buying a lomography camera and re-discover the charm of not seeing the photo right away.
Picture borrowed from my sister, Hilde, taken with a lomography fisheye camera.
– Stay busy
Go on a phototrip, try a new recipe, play board games, take up an old hobby or learn a new skill.
– Go to a digital detox hotel or camp
If everything else fails, gather a group and go somewhere with no reception, no wi-fi and no power outlets. Did you know there are several digital detox hotels and sonatinens to go to? Here is list of the Top 10 Digtal Detox Hotels.
Are you considering a digital detox? And if so, what do you think is your biggest challenge?