Staying plugged in, whether it be at an event or on vacation, is the new norm. We have our mobile devices right by our side at all times to check social media, email, and even snap photos to remember the experience—whether it be from the sand, lake, or mountaintop.
But, as a result, you defeat the purpose of getting away in the first place—to kick your feet up, unwind, and recharge your mind and body.
Below are some reasons why unplugging may help you truly relax on vacation:
1. You’ll remember more.
Think about it. The time you spend taking an Instagram-worthy photo, editing it on the spot, and uploading it to keep your friends, family, and social acquaintances looped in on all you’re enjoying is time taken away from you actually enjoying the moment you’re in.
Going back to the photo of the grandmother in the crowd, how much do you think everyone else around her remembers about that day? Chances are, not as much as they could have if they put their phones in their pockets or purses and soaked up their surroundings.
2. You’ll truly soak in your surroundings.
Yes, that’s another key benefit in and of itself. You see, staring at the world through your phone can seriously limit the number of beautiful things you have the pleasure of seeing with your own eyes within the destination you’re exploring.
When you’re not glued to your phone, you’ll probably notice a lot more like the local animals, architecture, people, and even your kids’ excitement over seeing new things.
3. You’ll feel closer to your vacation crew.
The thing is, mobile devices can often make you feel less close to the people you’re with because you’re so focused on what’s going on with the people behind the screen, whether it be those you know or celebrities. In fact, evidence suggests that even when people aren’t actively checking them, the mere awareness that their smartphone is turned on and close by leads to distracted, lower-quality interactions.
So, push all that aside and truly focus on the people you’re with—your vacation crew. And, cherish your time with them because life moves quickly, and, to quote Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “If you don’t stop and look around every once in awhile, you could miss it.”
4. You’ll maximize the benefits of taking a vacation.
Last but certainly not least, maybe you and your family are feeling seriously bogged down when it comes to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Thus, what do you do? You book that much-needed vacation destination of choice where relaxation awaits. Well, not if everyone’s attached to their phones the entire time. I say that because, when you don’t find the time to unplug, you’ll lose out on maximizing the benefits of taking a tech-free (or tech-limited) vacation. Benefits such as:
- Reduced feelings of stress and increased feelings of relaxation.
- Improved concentration and creativity.
- Increased mental clarity.
- Improved health.
- A restful night’s sleep.
- Support of a healthy work/life balance.