For most people, spending time on social media, reading email, or replying to text messages isn’t exactly mood-enhancing. If anything, it can feel like a waste of time or even a disturbance at social events. And when you’re on vacation, whether alone, with friends, or with family, the time you spend on the phone is even more of a waste of time.
In fact, Ulko-Tammio, a Finnish island, has announced that it is a “phone-free island” for the summer months. according to CNN. The move is designed to help people make the most of their vacation.
“We want to urge vacationers to turn off their smart devices and stop and really enjoy the islands,” Mats Selin, Island Tourism Expert at Visit Kotka-Hamina, That includes the territory of the island, according to a press release published in June Visit Kotka-Hamina’s website.
Experts say this tiny island is accomplishing something really important: our phones have the potential to completely stop us from traveling.
“If we’re just being taken in by our device, then we’re not really present. We’re somewhere else, you know… we’re having a virtual conversation with our friends and we’re back in that drama, or we’re just getting backtracked with business emails all the time.” Hilda Burke a London-based psychotherapist and author of “The Telephone Addiction Workbooksaid HuffPost.
“We don’t get the really important change of scenery and different charms that I think is actually the real purpose of a vacation,” Burke said.
Plus, you don’t get that part of a vacation that makes it refreshing, exciting, and rejuvenating. “The whole purpose of changing our environment is to experience something new, something different, and activate these different neural pathways,” she added.
Instead, you’re stuck in your no-vacation life pattern. Carder Stouta Los Angeles-based psychologist and author of “We are all addicts“, emphasized that a holiday is above all about experiencing something new.
When people are glued to their phones, “it’s really just an acknowledgment that we’re not able to expand and evolve and grow and have a new experience,” Strout told HuffPost. “Also, the experience of being on vacation is really about enjoying each other and enjoying the experience.”
But only because we knowledge Just because it’s not great to be glued to our phone doesn’t mean it isn’t difficult to live without it altogether. To help you with that, the experts have shared some tips on how to reduce your phone usage on your next trip:
You can still use your phone while on vacation (it can be very stressful for you to turn it off completely), but using it less will make your trip more enjoyable.
For example, Burke said that instead of checking your phone first thing in the morning like you probably do on a normal weekday, just check your phone a little later.
“Eat breakfast before you look at your phone,” Burke suggested. Or turn it off a few hours before bed instead of in bed.
Behaviors like this can help form a holiday habit that may even affect your daily life.
If you’re ready to spend even more time away from your phone, Burke says you can try spending a day or afternoon away from your phone, such as during a tour or field trip. Stout added that you can also set specific times for phone use, such as when you’re off. B. at the beginning of the day or at a certain time in the afternoon. That way you know you won’t miss any important updates from the family back home.
Unpair the camera function from your phone.
Like most people, you rely on your smartphone’s camera when you’re on vacation, whether you’re taking photos of your kids, your parents, attractions, or yourself.
This makes it difficult to simply leave the phone at the hotel when traveling. Stout said you can put your phone on airplane mode when you go out, which still gives you access to your camera but disables incoming messages and alerts. That way, you’re not tempted to read text messages or emails, but you can still take photos of your family in a new location. (And if you ever need your phone for directions or a translation app, you can turn off airplane mode.)
Additionally, Burke said those who have a physical camera can rely on it during their trip.
“My cousin actually does it. If she goes out for a day, she locks her phone in the hotel locker and uses a camera so she can really, really be there,” Burke said. “I think decoupling the camera function from the phone can be really, really helpful.”
Designate one person from your group to be the “phone person” for the day.
Stout said between him and his wife only one of them will bring out his phone for the day (and the phone is still on in airplane mode).
This can help reduce the risk of two people feeling the pressure to check their phones and also eliminates the risk of everyone in a group getting stuck on their phones.
Additionally, if you’re worried about getting lost on a trip without your Maps app, you can still access a phone for logistical purposes using this method.
Keep your phone out of sight.
The saying “out of sight, out of mind” exists for a reason. Stout recommends putting your phone in a pocket at times when you should be talking, such as when you’re eating.
“When phones are visible, there’s always a tendency to pick them up, look at them and play with them or check social media,” Stout said.
“When they’re out of sight and in a bag sort of tucked under the table while you’re eating, it’s a great way to have conversations over lunch or around the dinner table,” he noted.
Choose a lock screen that encourages you to put your phone away.
According to Burke, you can use your lock screen as a reminder to limit your screen time.
“You use the image on your lock screen as if it were a real estate ad to message yourself and remind yourself what you’d rather be doing than on the phone,” Burke said.
This could be a picture of your family, a quote admonishing you to be mindful, or even a picture of an actual stop sign. Burke said it should be an image that makes you stop and think about what you’re doing.
“You might still be picking up your phone, but at least you’re making it conscious, rather than just mindlessly scrolling, just picking up the phone and not even being aware of what you’re doing, which is typical of addictive behavior .” Burke said.
In addition, this tactic takes advantage of the reality you expect Do “I check my phone frequently, but use this reality in a productive and constructive way to try to limit phone use,” she added.
Consider turning off WiFi.
This isn’t always an option — you can’t just turn off Wi-Fi in a hotel, for example — but Stout recommends turning Wi-Fi off at a set time whenever possible — especially if you’re staying with an Airbnb or similar home rental company.
Stout said his family turned off the wifi around 8pm: “This turns off all the screens around, computers, even the TV and our phones, and at that time we put our phones away. ‘ Stout said.
After 8 p.m. they enjoy the surroundings or have dinner. “We have a rule that screens just can’t be part of the experience for us,” he said.
Stout said if certain family members, such as children, face opposition, set that rule in advance so they know what type of vacation they’ll be taking.
Here’s why this is so important.
“It’s very difficult for someone to be present when they have their phone in their hand and they’re concentrating on their phone,” Stout said. “And I’m sure you’ve had the experience of sitting at a table and people not talking to each other but texting their friends on their phones.”
And when you’re on vacation, scrolling through photos, news, and posts, don’t allow yourself to be present at a time that probably cost you a lot of money.
“A change is as good as a break,” Burke said. “I think we don’t get that change on holidays because it’s so similar — what we hear and see and what we touch.”
“When our senses are really being engaged by our smartphone and we’re not looking, we’re not smelling the amazing food, the smell of the flowers, the feel of the sand. If we don’t really engage our senses, we’re not present,” Burke continued. “You know? So we might as well be at home just looking at the same thing.”
And do you really want to be at home instead of on your European holiday or cross-country road trip? No probably not.