It’s time for a digital detox. Open your mind, pack lightly, and leave the iPad at home (or at least in your hotel room). Seem impossible? We have 10 tips for successfully (and safely!) going off the grid for a little while. Trust us, the world looks a lot better when it’s not pixelated.
1. Unplug Your Expectations
Getting off the grid also means leaving the safety nets behind and, in my experience, usually means you run into more hiccups than following a more established plan. Be ready for anything.
2. Traveler, Know Thyself…
Do you really want to leave Wi-Fi behind? There’s no shame in a yoga retreat that is just meant for Instagram, or in wanting to send those irresistible Viber fox stickers to your boo.
3. …And Challenge Thyself
At the very least, try a one-day digital detox and see how you feel. You might even extend it to two days. Or twelve.
4. Research, Research, Research
Do your homework to make the trip as seamless as possible. Before traveling to Yelapa last year, I discovered that I would spend an hour in a tiny boat, then need to hike 15 minutes (over cobblestones) to get to my treehouse hotel—so I skipped the suitcase and brought a backpack.
5. Be Safe
Use the buddy system whenever possible and keep your passport, money, and phone on you. Traveling solo? Use Kitestring to keep people looped into your travel plans.
6. Get (Rosetta) Stoned
Getting off the grid also means you may stay in small towns where they may not speak your first language, of course. But try to nail down those basic travel phrases before you arrive so you can whip them out on the fly.
7. Catch New Zzzzs
Part of the fun of getting off the grid is trying out new accommodations. Skip the hotel and explore homestays, book a room on Airbnb, WWOOF it up. But build in at least one pampering night at a hotel at the end of your trip (one of these might do the trick).
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