Now more than ever, it feels as though it’s impossible to get away from screens. At work, on our commute, at home, in the pub… it seems as though digital technology has crept into almost every aspect of our lives, so it’s little wonder when some people find the idea of a digital detox holiday so appealing.
Whilst we’ve obviously reaped massive benefits from the technical revolution, it often feels as though we can become trapped scroll, reading vicious arguments in comment sections, trawling through meaningless content, and overall just becoming tired of the online space.
Too much screen time has been linked to sleep deprivation, anxiety and depression, and can leave people actually feeling more isolated from the world they’re trying to connect with. A digital detox holiday can help you escape this spiral, even if only for a short while, and help you feel closer to friends, family, or the natural world as you stop experiencing the world through phone, and switch off from social, work or other worries back home.
What is a digital detox holiday?
Essentially, a digital detox holiday is any holiday where you leave all your digital devices at home. Phone, iPad, laptop, all of it stays at home or at least remains switched off and tucked away, only for use in an emergency.
The idea is to go somewhere without a reliance on modern technology that so often rules our lives. It doesn’t particularly matter where, but generally the more off-grid you get, the easier it is to disconnect from the constantly connected lifestyle.
You could be relaxing in the sun on a gold-sand tropical beach in Thailand, or unwinding at an off-grid glamping site in an English woodland, the point is that you take some time to switch of from the digital world, and focus on your surroundings, your mindset, and the people around you.
Why do people go on digital detox holidays?
As we’ve already discussed, being constantly online and switched on is tiring. Being constantly connected means there’s no reason not to reply to that person’s message, not read through what’s been said on the group chat, not check our emails.
All this endless checking, reading, replying and scrolling can lead to burnout, so it’s important we take time to switch off from the digital world every now and then and focus on real, face-to-face connections and experiences.
People go on digital detox holidays to reconnect with each other and enjoy a more human experience. They go to relax, to feel calm and enjoy living in the here and now. Once travellers return from a digital detox holiday, they tend to find they are less stressed and more able to face day-to-day life, thanks to the time they have taken to just slow down for a short while.
Digital Detox Holiday Ideas
When you’re on the hunt for a digital detox holiday, it can be difficult to know where to start. Do I want an off the beaten track holiday in a far-flung destination like Vietnam, Lapland or Costa Rica? Or, would an off-grid holiday in the UK be the best option for getting that priceless feeling of really getting away from it all.
To help get you inspired and thinking about your next digital detox holiday destination, we’ve picked out a few ideas that might just get the juices flowing.