I’ve seen several blog posts recently on unplugging while on vacation, like this one on Today.com called Unplug on Your Vacation and Relax, Really. I also just noticed this poll on Condé Nast Traveler asking, Do You Unplug on Vacation? Geesh, would have been nice to see these at the beginning of the summer rather than during back-to-school season when there’s not a vacation in sight (at least not for me).
I’ll admit that I have a hard time unplugging. How can you with an iPhone, or any other smartphone, that lets you check your email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. anytime, anywhere? Like when you’re waiting to get the check in a restaurant or when you’re lounging by the pool. It’s just there, all the time, begging you to check in to say hello and see what’s new.
Since I admit that I need to unplug, here are the steps I’ll be taking on my next vacation:
Check Email Once or Twice a Day: Oh my gosh, I know this is so much easier said than done, but honestly, even after waiting a few hours to check email, I’ve never received an email so pressing that it needed to be answered the second it hit my inbox. Have you?
Set a Time to Check Email: I know it’s hard to limit yourself to checking email once or twice a day. So, I like to set times when I’ll check email, though honestly it’s more like a “you must wait until this time to check email,” which is fine since it works and keeps me off my iPhone.
Put Your Phone on Airplane Mode: I never use our family camera. I really don’t even know where it is right now. I only take photos using my iPhone. If you do too, put your iPhone on “airplane mode” so it’s not tempting to check email and touch base with social networks when you turn on your phone to snap a pic.
Hide Your Social Media Apps: Yes, just hide your Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, etc. apps so you’re not tempted to click the icons when you’re just going to your phone to look something up on Safari or get directions on MapQuest. Just click the “App Store” icon, then “Purchased,” then swipe from left to right any apps you want to hide. You’ll see a red “Hide” button appear. Just click and the app is hidden.
Don’t Charge Your Phone: Okay, maybe leave the house with your phone half-charged. You’ll be much less likely to mess around with your email and other power-draining apps when you know you’re already low on juice.
So, this is just a quick list, but how do you cut the cord between yourself and your smartphone when you’re on vacation? Let me know in the comments section below.
Photo Credit: Joel Suplido