Thursday, July 15, 2010

Unplugging

By Jennifer/Ellery

This is the first time in days that I've gone near a computer. I was on vacation this week - finally! - after a very long period of solid work.

The hardest part of getting myself to relax was unplugging. I'm not just talking about the computer, but all of the electronic gear. No cell phone, no laptop, no logging onto relative's machines, and very little TV.

I read a book this week. I swam in the Atlantic Ocean. I had ice cream. I remembered what it was like not to check email every five minutes.

When I get home tomorrow, I'll get back online and plug in. Perhaps too soon. I am scared to see how many emails are waiting in my inbox.

What about you? Do you deliberately try to unplug during a vacation?

19 comments:

Juliette said...

Definitely. I am very much looking forward to 2 weeks in France - I will watch TV in French only (so not nearly as much as normal, my French is good but not fluent), only send and receive occasional texts on the phone (so I know no one's died or anything! and to share writing stuff with a friend - we're doing our own private National Novel Writing Month in August as we're in education and can't spare the time in November), no e-mail, no Facebook, no Twitter, no blogs. I'll miss it all, but I think it will be really good for me to get away for a while and read some actual books!

Babs said...

It has been 2 years since our last vacation and I did try to unplug but our kids are young and they were staying with my parents while we were gone. I now take one day a week and not touch the computer to do what I would like and not worry about emails, facebook or twitter. Sometimes I feel obligated to "have" to get on and check what is going on.

Tonya Kappes said...

SOS!! I need help to put it down!!! I'm on deadline right now, so I promised my sanity I will unplug for a whole weekend once I get this out!!! I need to.

Andrea C. said...

I do try to reduce my electronics use during vacation, but as I have confessed in an early post, I am an internet junkie. We were in Cape Cod for a week earlier this summer and I managed to only check email twice; although I confess to texting often, but that was only to share high points of my vacation with others! :)

Linda Leszczuk said...

Our last vacation was a cruise (out of Boston, up to the St. Lawrence, and down to Montreal. Best thing about a cruise - no cell phone coverage out of country (I don't pay for international roaming on my phone) and no Internet unless I want to use the ship's connection and pay by the mintute. If you have trouble unplugging, a cruise will do it for you.

Sheila Connolly said...

The withdrawal is painful for a few days, isn't it? I've found myself scrounging computer access in a library in Ireland and a hotel lobby in Australia.

We do remember life before the Internet, don't we? Life will go on without us reading every email the minute it comes in. We'll survive.

Hope the vacation was wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Linda has definitely named the best vacation for unplugging. On our 12 cruises only once did we use the computer onboard. And it was becasue a hurricane had hit not very far from our home while gone. And while you can watch tv on a cruise we only watch movies on the tv.

Another great way to unplug on vacation is camping, while you can usually still watch tv and use your cell phone seldom will you be able to connect to the internet.

Dru said...

I try to limit my access to the Internet during vacation, sometimes I triumph and sometimes I fail. But when I'm out and about, the toys stay in the hotel.

Lover of Books said...

I spent a whole day not watching TV. As for unplugging with a 9 month old, there are times I just have to shut it down for half a day. Not fun but well teething baby.
Krista

Annette said...

Haven't recently tried to unplug all of the new electronics in my life. I would for a cruise or far away vacation. I did it years ago when I visited Europe for a month. No phone or tv. I'm sure I can adapt because I love to travel.

signlady217 said...

Once it's in your life, it's hard to remember "how you ever lived without it"! ;) Kind of like microwaves (mine is used several times a day!). If I'm at a relative's or a friend's, then I'll log on to check e-mail, otherwise I usually just wait till I get home again. Occasionally I will find the nearest public library and at least ask about their policy for out-of-towners use of the computers there (sometimes there is a fee.)

Anonymous said...

Welcome back. Yes, I do 'unplug' for a vacation or even a weekend if I sense stress is mounting. We have forgotten that the Telephone was for 'our' use. Same with e-mail. Somehow, it is just nicer to sit with a written note/letter and read it. E-mail is wonderful but it adds a level of tension as you feel compelled to read/answer it immediately. We need more time to savor our friendships. Jeannie

Heather Webber said...

I wish I could. The addiction is too strong. And I can't even imagine unplugging the cell phone. Yikes!

Hope you had a great week, JB!

Ashley Ziemer said...

My husband and I just went to Hawaii and we were both completely unplugged. It was refreshing and relaxing. I find that when I'm at home, the internet is such a constant temptation so on vacation it's nice to try to be without. :)

Ashley

Laineshots said...

I am writing this comment on a road trip, in the car, while my husband is driving. Yep, I'm hooked.

Gaye said...

I do not check work e-mail while I'm on vacation. I do go on the Internet, but not as much and only for fun stuff - nothing stressful! Going to the beach in a couple of weeks and really looking forward to it!

Vickie said...

We went to my sister-in-law's place in Rochester MN and then their boat on the Mississippi River moored in Alma WI and we were basically without television the whole time. And I am not attached to a telephone, so that wasn't difficult. I missed my laptop, but it was only for a week. We went home via I-90 to South Dakota. This was a driving trip, by the way. Denver to Rochester/Alma to Mt Rushmore to Denver, around 2200 miles. DH drove, Lady K watched her DVDs and I read four books.....heaven....

Lisa D said...

I would love to detox myself from the cell phone and the computer. It's so hard!! Once I lasted three days. I have to admit it was pretty peaceful once I let go of the gizmos.

Vickie said...

I tried to unplug from my computer on my last vacation but work called and asked for a textbook order!! So since I thought I might need new textbooks for next year I had to actually log on and do some work!!!