When was the last time that you completely unplugged from the internet?
When was the last time you stepped out of your social media world to truly interact with the beauty of the world around you?
As a blogger and avid social media user myself, I know how hard it can be to force yourself to unplug and disconnect.
However, a recent family trip to the mountains forced me to take a good hard look at how wrapped up I can be in my digital world and how much it causes me to miss out on what is actually happening right in front of me.
If you know me at all, you know that I work from home so that I can spend as much time as possible with my family. My husband (who also works from home) and I spent several years creating businesses that we could operate from home so that we wouldn’t have to put our kids in daycare and so that we could travel and explore the world together as a family.
We love what we do, and because of the way we structured our businesses, we have the opportunity to travel with our kids and often do. But most of our trips are somewhat of “working” vacations. We still do conference calls, webinars, Google hangouts, etc while we are on the road. We still answer emails and handle challenges that come up with our clients. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that we can work for a few hours a day while traveling and spend the rest of the time playing with the kids.
We definitely play more than we work on our trips, but it wasn’t until our most recent trip that I realized just how much we needed a vacation where we completely unplugged from the digital craziness. We took a trip into the mountains of Virginia and stayed in a beautiful “yurt” in the woods. Although the website advertised free internet, we could not get a signal no matter how much we tried.
So, of course, we thought we would simply activate the hot spots on our mobile devices.
We had no cell signal either.
So, we were faced with a decision…
We had reserved the yurt for more than a week and now we had to decide to
A) stay and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and take a true vacation without it being a “working” vacation, or
B) move to a different resort so we could have a better connection.
It had been a long time since we took a vacation where we didn’t do at least a little bit of work, so we opted for option A.
Wow! Were we in for some surprises.