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Tips for unplugging while on vacation

You’re going on vacation with the best intentions to go off the grid. You’ve promised yourself that you’ll only use your digital devices when absolutely necessary. But sometimes when our electronic devices have replaced so many of our former vacation convenience items (watch, guide books, camera, etc.) it’s not so easy. So why not truly unplug with a few of these tips?

• Depart with a full battery, but leave all of your chargers at home.  You’ll be more apt to be conservative in its use if you know the battery may run out.

• Delete the app you are most tempted to use or check in with from your phone and reinstall it when you return.

• Bring a camera. Having a separate camera will make you less apt to spend time uploading your photos to social sites, check emails, or surf the web.

• Bring a book. If it’s an electronic reader, see the bullet above – you may want to bring a paperback.

• If traveling in a group, create an “off the grid” box that everyone deposits their devices in as an agreement that it will be an electronics-free vacation.

• Wear a watch. Or better yet, don’t. The point of vacation is to unwind. 

• Plan ahead. In this new generation we’ve become accustom to being available for our bosses, clients, colleagues and others 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  When you make a point of giving plenty of advanced notice to everyone that you are going on vacation and plan to be off the grid, you’ve now created a fair expectation that you won’t be available. You’ll be surprised how many of them will encourage you to enjoy your time sans digital device.

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