It’s hard to imagine what travel was like before the age of technology. Our constant connection to the Internet makes it so easy to plan, book and navigate travel across the globe. It’s so convenient that it’s easy to forget that people were traveling the world long before we had GPS to guide us around and Facebook to document our every move.
The Internet is a gift, but what are we missing out on by staying constantly connected? There’s only one way to find out, by unplugging for a while on your next vacation. While it’s difficult to completely disconnect, it can change your travel experience for the better in so many ways. Here are some reasons to give it a go:
You’ll Be Less Stressed
Let’s be honest, at times staying constantly connected is more of an obligation than a fun distraction. You’re on vacation, so act like it. Untether yourself from the demands of your office email. Stop looking at Facebook to see what other people are up to. Even stop reading the news for a few days. Relax. Enjoy your newfound free time.
You’ll Meet More People
Picture yourself in a bar or the common room of a hostel. Who are you more likely to strike up a conversation with: the guy buried in his laptop or the guy having a beer and chatting with the group?
When you put away your screen, you might find yourself more likely to attract actual human interaction. And without Facebook to distract you, you might find yourself open and receptive to the idea.
You’ll Remember More
Instagram shots make nice memories, but the time you spend framing, editing and sharing your perfect photo is time you could spend actually enjoying your meal/sunset/day at the beach. When you put the phone away and focus on the moment, you’ll better remember the textures, tastes, sounds and feels that a picture just can’t capture.
You’ll Make Unexpected Discoveries
Do you remember what it was like to travel before we has GPS to guide our every move and Yelp to pick the perfect restaurant? Without constant guidance from your phone you’ll have to fend for yourself—with potentially interesting results. Maybe you’ll wander around a cool neighborhood and discover a hidden local market. Or you’ll ask a local for a restaurant recommendation and eat somewhere totally off the beaten path.
You’ll Live in the Moment
When you see a marvelous sunset, a perfect plate of food or a striking street scene, is your first instinct to capture it and share it with the world? That’s all well and good at times, but think of all the adventures you’re missing out on while you spend your time looking at the screen. Put it away, just for an afternoon, and enjoy the life you’re living. Because if you’re on vacation, it’s probably a pretty great one.