How important is the internet in your day to day activities?
Recently, my husband and I took some time off enjoying the Rockies and Alaska, travelling for two weeks. We thought since we were going to be on the road most of the time for the Rocky’s tour and there would be heaps of entertainment on the ship to Alaska, we decided that it would be great to enjoy ourselves without internet access for 2 weeks.
Our thinking was as follows. During the Rocky’s tour, we would be on coach for a week. We would be on the road most the day, and we still could have access to wifi from fast food outlets or shops along the way or our motels.
The second week, we were on board a magnificent liner for a seven day cruise to Alaska. There would be ample entertainment on the ship, like the daily live shows, unlimited food, the pools, live talks by the resident health and fitness experts, shops, and most of all, ample rest along the decks. And we could have access the wifi from the local shops when we dock at various ports.
That would be enough, right? So can I go without the internet for two full weeks?
Just then, my husband asked me this question…. if I have to be on the ship for another week, would I be able to do it all over again?
Without thinking out loud, I told my husband I would not mind another week on board the ship, but I needed to have access to the internet! I don’t think I could go another week without internet access!!
There, I have to admit defeat in my quest for no internet …
Without the internet, I felt cut off from everything, every one… and to check my mails or even to do my work.
I was going to write how sad it is that we are so reliant on the internet to get through the day; however, that is not the case. I do believe I am more reliant on the internet than my children!
But first, allow me share with you what I did WITHOUT the internet:
On the road:
- I paid more attention on the road and its surroundings, i.e. beautiful bush land, mountains, flowers, animals etc. I even saw deers on the mountains (Will share pictures in another email).
- Read most of the reading materials /books I have been meaning to read.
- I also communicated with people around me more than I normally do.
On the sea:
- I enjoyed the unlimited events that were on the ship, such as the gym, live shows, enjoying the amazing array of cuisines and other entertainment.
- I enjoyed quality time with my husband.
- I caught up on all the readings I had been meaning to do.
- I even lied down on the deck chair and read for hours… this something I don’t normally do, as I tend to have an overworked brain (so relaxing is not something I do well). So lying down, relaxing and reading and just watching the water and mountains float by was one huge achievement on my part.
- Most importantly, I really made some quality ‘me-time’ just to chill, to reconnect with my own self and just to reflect.
However, I can’t deny I am an internet girl!
With the internet, I could virtually work anywhere in the world, have most of the information at my fingertips, and be able to connect with customers, family and friends.
But, I believe that every now and then, we should do an “internet – detox”. Some people love to go to the bush for hiking for a few days, some would camp, some like myself would go on a road trip and just rely on occasional wifi excess from the local shops when we have “paid” for our meals.
So the conclusion for me is: I love to travel; however, I would like to still be connected to the internet anywhere and anytime, no matter where I am in the world. Yet it is just as important to be able to disconnect for a few days, just to give yourself some time to really tune in to yourself, and really pay attention to the people and nature around you.
I would love to hear your thoughts.