Tips for how to unplug on your next Vacation

It can be tough to unplug from our devices, but doing so can help you make the most out of your vacation. Vacation is a time to relax, unwind, destress and have fun. By unplugging, you take away the stress of comparing yourself to others’ “perfect” social media lives, and the stress of responding to all those work emails. While it might not be possible to go fully device-free due, it is still important to limit your screen time to make the most out of your getaway. Here are some tips on how to unplug…

  1. Make a plan
    When you go on vacation, make sure that  your plan to unplug is communicated to others. Let family, friends, and coworkers know that you’ll be away and offline. It’s also important to set up an “out of the office” email. This lets your coworkers know that you are on vacation and won’t be responding until you return. When composing an out of the office email, be sure to include the dates of your vacation and who your coworkers can contact in your absence. If you can’t completely unplug, set aside dedicated times to use your phone in 15 or 30 minute blocks. This allows you to stay connected while still making the most out of your time away.
  2. Change your notification settings
    When you’re trying to go off the grid you want to set yourself up for success. One way to do this is by changing your notification settings, by setting push notifications to the off position. notifications. It’s hard to unwind when you constantly hear your phone “ping” from a text or a Snapchat. Another helpful idea is to move the apps you use the most out of sight. Slide apps like Facebook, Snapchat, and Tik Tok to the last page of apps on your phone. This way if you do happen to open your phone, these apps aren’t the first thing you see.  
  1. Make Memories
    You want to make memories that will last a lifetime when you’re on vacation. Pre-plan your trip and by doing so it will give you something to look forward to. Whether it’s tubing down the river or simply relaxing by the fire, create a loose itinerary to maximize your relaxation and fun! The only time it’s truly acceptable to  use your phone is when you want to  capture photos and videos so you can reflect on the amazing time you had once you’re back home. If you want to document your adventures on social media, save that for after you return home. 

Vacation is a time to relax and have fun with family and friends. Put down your phone and fully immerse yourself in the experiences you will have with those you love. Follow our tips to unplug and take away the stress of everyday life. Allow yourself to relax, recharge, have fun, and make memories.