Are you overwhelmed every time you open your email? Do you feel compelled to check your smartphone for messages during the night?
“Once upon a time, work was work and home was home,” writes stress management expert Dr. Edward T. Creagan in the Mayo Clinic Newsletter. “There was a clear boundary between the company or the office and one’s home and personal time.”
That’s no longer the case. Advances in technology have made it easy and relatively inexpensive to remain connected 24/7 at home, at work and while traveling. Free Wi-Fi has become the most sought after amenity. No matter how far off the grid someone goes, by air or sea, they are likely to look for and find a Wi-Fi connection.
Yet, there can be too much of a good thing. “Feeling overwhelmed when you turn on your device is a sure sign you need a break,” says social psychologist Susan Newman. “Another sign you need to unplug is jumping from email to email without responding or taking appropriate action,” she adds.
Increasingly, travelers are searching for ways to disconnect from technology — at least for some portion of their vacations — so they can truly connect with people and places.
Writing for the PBS website Next Avenue, I describe eight places to visit for unplugged vacations that can help you find ways to de-stress, engage with your environment and traveling companions, and modify your habits. .
Read the entire article on unplugged vacations on Next Avenue.