5 Tips For A Digital Detox While Travelling
In our digitally-driven world, most of us are surrounded by phones, tablets, and computers all day. So whether you unplug for a few hours or a few days, it can be good for the mind, body, and soul. To help you get the most out of your well-deserved vacation, we have a few good reasons for disconnecting, plus tips for how to reduce screen time while travelling.
A healthier you
If your work-life balance is, well, out of balance, cutting back on phone use can help improve your physical and psychological well-being. While limiting email access can reduce stress, banning screens from the bedroom helps improve sleep. Plus, you have more time to focus on a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and getting outside.
More meaningful relationships
When you’re on your phone, you’re not fully focusing on the people around you. Screens can distract you from spending precious time with your loved ones: shared meals, conversations, and activities are more enjoyable without the constant interruption of checking your phone.
We’ve all scrolled endlessly through social media feeds instead of getting work done. By switching off your phone, you’re less likely to waste time. Better concentration at work means more free time later on.
5 tips for limiting phone use while on vacation
1. Inform your contacts
Ask your colleagues, friends, and family to help with your planned digital detox. If they’re aware of your plans, hopefully they won’t contact you unless absolutely necessary. Without the pressure of keeping in touch, it’s much easier to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
2. Say no to notifications
You may not have the luxury of completely avoiding your work emails, but turning off alerts gives you the freedom to check your phone when you choose to, not when a notification pops up. There are also apps available for download that will help limit notifications and access to social media platforms.
3. Declutter your device
Delete apps you don’t use, clear your inbox, and move your photos to a memory stick – by keeping things to a bare minimum, you’ll be less tempted to look at your phone for distraction.
4. Establish clear rules for yourself
Decide on personal limits for using your phone, such as putting it away when eating or winding down to go to sleep (screens emit a blue light that prevents the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep). You can also set a limit for the number of times you check your work emails while on vacation.
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5. Go analog
Google Maps is a great tool, but navigating your destination with a paper map can help you get to know the place in a more in-depth way. Trying non-digital alternatives creates memories that last outside of your phone: take photos with a disposable camera, write postcards to your friends at home, and when you get back, put together a travel scrapbook.