Hi guys! Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past two months. I got a great opportunity to do some travelling that I could not turn down. This trip included visiting a number of different places but there was intermittent mobile phone signal and the internet was non-existent in every place we visited. Usually I would not go anywhere that did not have full wifi! But I decided to bite the bullet and go technology free for two months.
I have rarely been without my phone for more than half an hour since internet-enabled phones were first released! The first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night is check my phone! I’m on the internet countless times during the day. It has gotten even worse since Instagram, Snapchat etc became a regular feature in my life. I seldomly eat, drink, workout or go anywhere without taking a picture or video and uploading it to one of my accounts. I have to admit that it has become an addiction!
So, it was with a lot of concern that I agreed to go on this trip. I knew that I would have to leave my phone at home and be cut off completely from the internet.
And what an amazing experience it was! I loved it! Admittedly, it did take a few days to become accustomed to not checking my phone every two minutes. But when I finally accepted that I would not have any access to Instagram, Twitter etc. it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I felt free. Every experience I had during my travels, I fully enjoyed. In person. Not from behind a phone while I was taking a picture. I believe that I got so much more out of this trip because I was not using my phone. I used every minute of my time soaking up my surroundings and trying new things rather than looking for photo opportunities for Instagram.
By the end of the two months I felt like a new person. I had such a great holiday and I took full advantage of every day. I know that having no technology for such a long time might seem like a challenge but it gave me a lot of freedom. I’m not going to say that I didn’t log on to the internet as soon as we had coverage again, of course I did, but I did learn that I waste far too much time on my phone. So from now on I will not be posting snaps of every healthy meal I eat, every workout I do and especially not every place I visit. I will be leaving my phone in my bag and fully enjoying the experiences that I am lucky enough to be having.