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5 Reasons Why You Should Unplug While on Vacation

Unplug while on vacation

Unplug while on vacation

Sun, sand and smartphone in hand. If this is your idea of a vacation, you have got it all wrong. Vacation time means getting away from all the day-to-day responsibilities of our modern lives, kicking back and taking it easy. It is important to unplug for a while during your next vacation: leaving your laptop behind, disabling notifications and putting down the phone. While it is not easy to disconnect completely, unplugging can change your travel experience for the better in numerous ways. Here’s how.

Reduce Stress

Let’s be honest, sometimes staying connected constantly is much more of an obligation than the fun distraction we make it out to be. However, you are on vacation, so act like it. Free yourself from all the demands of checking your office emails. Stop scanning your Facebook timeline to see what your friends are doing. If possible, refrain from reading the news sites for a couple of days. The negativity in news induces stress, taking you out of your relaxation mindset. Unplug now to enjoy your new free time.

Meet More People

Imagine you are sitting in a hotel lobby or at the bar. Who are you most likely to start a conversation with the guy engrossed in his laptop or the one enjoying a drink while chatting with a group. Once you put your screen away, you may find that your odds of attracting actual human interaction significantly increase. Moreover, without the distractions of social media, you may find that you become more receptive and open to this idea. A vacation is an opportunity to get away from it all and unwind. Use your time wisely. Photos of your neighbor’s cute dog and favorite blogger’s posts will be waiting there when you get back.

Have Better Memories

Photos on Instagram make for pleasant memories, but it takes to frame, edit and share that perfect photo. That time could have been better spent in the actual enjoyment of a sunset, a meal or a day at the beach. Put your phone away and focus on the present moment. You will be able to remember better the feel, taste, sound and texture of it all, which are things that a photo just cannot capture.
You will find that using all of your five senses to memorize a time and place produces a much clearer memory of the trip. Smell the wind coming off the water. Feel the cobblestones under your feet. Hear the birds sing. Close your eyes for a moment and magnify your other senses to experience much more.

Enjoy New Discoveries

Without the constant guidance of your phone GPS leading you in every direction or Yelp picking out the ideal restaurant, you would end up having to fend for yourself. Moreover, this is not necessarily a bad thing as the results are potentially interesting. You may end up wandering around a cool neighborhood and uncover a hidden gem. Alternatively, you could ask a local for a recommendation and have your meal at a completely off the beaten path restaurant.

Live For the Moment

When you watch a spectacular sunset, gaze at a perfect plate of food or a stunning street scene, is your first instinct to capture and share it with the world? While this is fine sometimes, also think about all the adventures you will be missing out on while you spend your time looking at your screen. Put it all away, just for the afternoon and enjoy the present life that you are living. Because if you are on vacation, it is probably a good one.

If you wish to enjoy your vacation to the fullest, you will need to put the electronics away. Of course do take some pictures, but wait until you return to post them so that you can make the most out of your vacation. The same goes for social media updates. No matter how great your trip is, wait to get back to update. Removing social media icons from your smartphone screen is a good first step. Doing this makes them harder to find and reminds you that you are unplugged.

If you find it hard to imagine a vacation without technology, then chances are you need one. Your Twitter followers will still be there when you return, and most publications do recaps on a weekly basis, so you have no excuse. You have worked hard, and now it is time to play just as hard. However, you cannot play hard with your phone in your face. Unplug. Do it now.

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Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae is the creator of The Traveling Vixen, which captures her adventures around the world. Her passion is to inspire others to grow by experiencing and learning new things in the world.


  • Marion

    totally agree with leaving electronics off if you are trying to loose stress, all the
    emails and Facebooks will still be there later
    take time to see new places, enjoy sunsets, hear new music, meet people,
    phones are wonderful for emergencies but we need to learn again how to
    enjoy life for a little time without one

    July 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm
    • Michelle Rae
      Michelle Rae

      I couldn’t agree with you more. So often because of our devices we have lots of missed opportunities to engage with the world around us.
      Thank you for sharing! 🙂

      July 3, 2016 at 7:57 pm