In the past decade technology has been exponentially driving its way into every facet of our lives, whether it be work or at home. In fact, its almost impossible to do anything today without engaging with a piece of tech.
Don't get me wrong, I do love tech and surround myself with it where I can, mostly so I can manage a once "dumb" appliance with my mobile device now that its made smarter with some technology, or controlling my camping fridge though the mobile app. Another example is the other day a few of us nerded out on some ODBC software to see what features we could change or reprogram on our cars.
But having said that, there is a time where we just need to completely unplug from technology and its perceived conveniences. So that's exactly what I'm doing these holidays with the kids. I've booked a camp site that has the bare essentials. No power, no cellular signal or running water other than the lagoon next to the campsite.
A mate of mine kindly offered up his caravan for us to use as it has a fridge, shower, solar power and kitchen but I declined and said we were going back to basics. The only modern thing we'll have is the tent, which is one of those new inflatable ones. The only reason I got it was to cut down the setup time... it now takes about 3min so more time to have fun with the kids. This will be the first time we've camped without all our creature comforts.
This will also be a time to get the kids away from their devices, game consoles and TV which they tend to use more excessively during the holidays. These activities will now be replaced, with kayaking, swimming in the ocean and going on bush walks. Yes there may be some complaining for the first day as they suffer from withdrawal syndrome, but this is short lived.
Its all about striking a healthy balance and taking the opportunities to unplug when we can.
Have a safe and unplugged holiday folks...
Over and out!