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Old 09-27-2016, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Interesting article in the recent Travel + Leisure magazine, entitled Device As Vice, A new breed of retreat wants to separate you from your screen - for your own good.

"The idea for Time to Log Off came last year during a visit to Silicon Valley, where she learned that companies like Google encourage employees to take digital sabbaticals."

"A Microsoft study last year found that since 2000 the average human attention span has declined from 12 seconds to 8 seconds, shorter than the attention span of a goldfish."

"There's nothing new about restorative travel, from spa vacations to meditation retreats, but programs designed to help us step away from our digital lives are something of a growth industry. In addition to Time to Log Off, there's San Francisco-based Digital Detox, which hosts Camp Grounded, a 4-day boot camp in locations around the U.S. for people looking to break the digital habit. At Villa Stephanie, a wellness retreat in Baden-Baden Germany, for example, bedroom walls have been embedded with copper plates and coated in special paint to block all Wi-Fi signals and electricity."

And you? You'd be game for one of these retreats? You could survive 4 days to a week without being online/connected?

Sheesh! My last trips to Central/South America I wasn't online for the whole 16 days of my trips!
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Old 09-27-2016, 06:53 AM
 
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This isn't anything new- someone just found a way to make money at it.

Most of our camping excursions are out of cell range and with no electricity- other than what the battery on our trailer can provide.
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:20 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Meh, digital devices can make travel easier so I don't see the point of bragging about traveling without.
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Old 09-28-2016, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I have never owned one and am doing just fine.
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:02 PM
 
Location: On the road
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I don't doubt you're doing fine, and would never claim it isn't possible to have a great time on vacation without a digital device.

However I've found it sure can make things easier and save a lot of headaches, plus on a long trip through many countries I'm sure not going to carry around a suitcase full of guidebooks. It doesn't even have to go as far as having local cell phone access, we have used devices on wifi to figure out the best area of town to stay, book rooms, find said rooms, research train schedules, figure out local bus routes, find things to do, etc.
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:10 PM
 
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My phone is my camera, so I definitely like having it along when I travel, even if in airplane mode.
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Old 09-29-2016, 08:49 AM
 
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I definitely could and do...at least one week a year I try to travel and disconnect entirely. However since we have a child we often leave with grandparents we don't get to fully disconnect but usually only turn on the device once or twice to facetime.
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Meh, digital devices can make travel easier so I don't see the point of bragging about traveling without.
And what happens if its robbed on your vacation, and you're in a foreign country?
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:13 PM
 
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And what happens if its robbed on your vacation, and you're in a foreign country?
You're in the same place as the person who didn't have the convenience in the first place, thus no worse.

I've traveled with digital devices and without, either way can be done but only a fool would maintain that having access to that much more information isn't more convenient for the traveler.
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:58 AM
 
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Meh, digital devices can make travel easier so I don't see the point of bragging about traveling without.
I think the point was speaking about the general "being connected" rather than using a device for the sole purpose of making the trip itself easier.

If you can limit your device usage to simply looking up train schedules, or whatever specific travelling thing you're doing, good for you. Most people I know would be extremely tempted to check their e-mail, or social media, "just for a sec". I think those are the people that are the target market for these sorts of retreats.
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