We live in a completely digital world, and a lot of times, that’s a good thing. It helps us to stay connected with our family and friends, giving them all a glimpse into our lives. For many of us, it helps to have relationships that we might not otherwise have. But one thing that I have learned is that sometimes you just need to take a break from it all, and there especially are reasons to disconnect from technology when you’re vacationing
“Unplugging” is a growing trend, according to the results of Alamo’s 2019 Family Vacation Survey?, and I totally get it. In fact, even as an influencer who shares so much of my life with the world, I often unplug when my family and I are on vacation. Of course, I want to capture every moment so that I can share beautiful and fun photos on social media, but over the years, I have found that is actually what distances me from what’s happening in real life. I’ve started to keep my phone out of reach so that I can enjoy making memories, instead of focusing on capturing them for everyone else to see.
Other times, I will take photos, but I wait to share them until I’m relaxing for the evening, or even after we get home. I’ve found that this really just helps me to live in the moment, connect more with my family and friends, and enjoy the little things that much more.
3 reasons to disconnect from technology while on vacation
- Enjoy quality time with your family?- It’s easier to enjoy the little things and live in the moment when you’re not worried about social media.
- Less pressure– You’ll feel less pressure if you just let go of the notion that you have to share everything to show your friends on social media that you’re having a good time.
- Relax and reflect?- Vacations are meant to give us a break from life, so you will likely enjoy your time more if you’re able to relax, reflect and have fun.
Alamo’s Family Vacation Survey found that 33% of those surveyed reported that theyd seen social media ruin a family vacation. Of those, 42% said family members spent too much time on their phones and 24% had arguments or hurt feelings. Is it worth it?
For many families, it’s not; and they’re taking a pledge to enjoy a family vacation free of social media. On Alamo’s Scenic Route site, there is an unplugged family vacation toolkit with resources like custom phone lock-screen wallpapers and Facebook profile frames. You can even download and print the pledge for all family members to sign, to ensure that you all agree to help pave the way for a better vacation.