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Unplugging from Tech

When's the last time you unplugged? Turned off your phone, closed your iPad, walked away from the laptop. In theory, it sounds easy...but in reality, it's quite the challenge. So many of our daily tasks are now associated with using our technology devices.

  • I need to add that to my calendar...
  • I'll just make an OpenTable reservation for tonight...
  • What was the score to last night's game?
  • I'm going to mobile deposit this check...
  • Let me text my mom, real quick and ask her...
  • What's the name of that museum? Let me Google that...
  • What time is our flight? Let me check my United app...

The list goes on and on. What will it take for our generation and future generations to take out some much-needed-no-tech time for themselves and their families?

For me, I think flying is the perfect time to unplug. While many travelers are thrilled with the growing availability of in-flight wi-fi and having the ability to surf the interwebs and do some work while airborne, I cannot help but feel like it's unnecessary. I think everyone needs downtime from technology and I know it sounds crazy, but I often look forward to getting on a plane for this very reason - FREEDOM FROM MY DEVICES! NO ONE CAN REACH ME! I'M OFF THE GRID! WOO-HOO! But then again, I can just do this at home - but it's much harder than it looks.

What's your most effective way to unplug and go tech-free for a while?