Travel Tips: My Smartphone Ruined My Vacation

Connectivity is what the world revolves around these days. Everyone is widely accessible at any point thanks to our devices like phones and tablets, but these incredible devices can both aid and hinder a vacation. Sure, a smartphone is great for looking up directions or taking photos of your experiences, but the negatives can outweigh those positives and make it hard to actually relax and enjoy your vacation.

Set Your Goals

Christina Hunting, Freeport

You Don’t Need Your Email Here

For those with the kind of job where work never ends, putting down the phone and getting into vacation mode can be a challenge. Just one more email, you always say, but then hours later you’re getting into something else when you should be kicking back with a good book and a lounge chair.

Setting goals and limits before you go on vacation. Tell people in the office you don’t want to be bothered and that you won’t be checking. Set times during the day, like early morning or later in the evening where you can check what’s happening quickly and do what needs to be done. That way you can enjoy the rest of your vacation without being tied down to what’s happening in the outside world.

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Auto email responses are a lifesaver when you’re on vacation as people will get the hint that you’re out of communication for the time being.

Social Media Addicts

The perfect selfie and a million likes on Instagram is something to get excited over, but social media use can actually diminish your vacation experience. Taking lots of pictures is a great way to remember your experience, but it’s important to step away from the need to post, share, tweet and snap every single instance. Experience your vacation for what it truly is, a chance to get away from the world for a little bit and have some fun!

The best advice for avoiding getting sucked into social media while on vacation is to take a bunch of pictures on your trip, but wait until you back to start sharing them. That way you can relive your cruise or trip little bits at a time as you post your experiences and share them with others.