Step away from the phone.
Two separate but related contingents are now considering and signing up for digital detox vacations: There’s the EMF-sensitive group of individuals pursing a optimal environment for their physical health and the group that just wants to de-stress and disconnect from tech/responsibility overload.
Luxury Wellness Vacation site The Travel Diet’s Dina Roche recommends digital detox as part of every relaxing vacation.
But, if you want to go ALL the way and experience what could be a life changing adventure into a world without technology we have found retreats that sound downright HEAVENLY.
Digital Detox is the leader in this kind of vacation. They lead retreats in North Carolina, Northern California, Upstate NY, and Texas. They claim many high-powered CEO’s and Fortune-500 superstar converts. Here is some stats they offer:
- The average American spends more than half of their waking life staring at a screen.
- 61% admit to being addicted to the Internet and their devices
- 50% of people prefer to communicate digitally than in person
- 67% of cellphone owners find themselves checking their device even when it’s not ringing or vibrating
- The average employee checks 40 websites a day, switching activities 37 times an hour, changing tasks every two minutes.
- 60% of people say traditional vacation does not relieve their stress
- 33% of people admit to hiding from family and friends to check social media
- Unplugging for just one day can give some users mental and physical withdraw symptoms
Yiiiiikes. (Insert wide-eyed emoji here). This is the kind of balance and mindfulness we preach here at Safertech. When you look at it like that, how can just one weekend be enough? “It’s time that the era of burnout, FOMO, multi-tasking, tech dependence, fatigue, ‘social media everything’ and information overload comes a close. This is a new chapter, an opportunity for us to redefine what our relationship with digital technology looks like, and in turn, how we experience life on this beautiful planet.”
Their activities include yoga, mediation, breath work, movement, writing, healthy meals and juicing, hikes, and art + writing workshops. They believe retreating from our devices can help reduce anxiety, stress, depression, tech dependency, fatigue, and information overload and improve interpersonal relationships. (Four day retreats start at $550-900)
They also host Camp Grounded, a summer camp for adults offering arts/crafts, yoga, typewriters, meditation, talent Show, campfires, archery, kickball, stargazing, hiking, sing-a-longs, face-painting, ˜Analog Photography, counselors and more. That sounds kinda incredible, doesn’t it?! (Unplugging in the Redwoods for a four day stay starts at $340 per person.)
A second retreat we found here in California is called Quiet Dome. This 12 acre retreat in NorCal’s wooded, stream-laden Grass Valley is more of a low-key Airnb for the electromagnetically and chemically sensitive.
The dome was built from its inception to be electromagnetically quiet. The land is situated far from cell towers or WiFi. Power to the house is filtered to remove harmful noise, and low EMF appliances, lighting, and wiring are used throughout. The result is a “quiet feel” both inside the dome and hiking on the grounds – the same as experienced in virgin wilderness.
The last digital detox retreat program we found is called It’s Time to Log Off. They run retreats in Hawaii, England and Spain for 2017. This UK organization is really interesting. They run digital detox campaigns, host Teen Digital Detox weekends and educate the public about Tech Addiction.
Remember, if you can’t swing a total DIGITAL DETOX vaca–you can still reap the benefits of a partial DAILY DETOX, check out our TOP 10 DAILY DETOX LIST.