Summer is in full swing!
That means BBQ's, swimming pools and best of all, vacations! Whether you’re headed to the beach, camping under the stars or touring faraway lands, we challenge you to put down your phones (for everything except snapping pics!) to disconnect from social media, email and those annoying telemarketers.
In other words, take a vacation from everything that could distract you from your vacation! And use that time to appreciate nature, your surroundings, a new culture, the arts and your family and friends.
In doing so you’ll not only get a break from the day-to-day grind; you’ll also see amazing health benefits! Things like, less stress, better sleep, a sense of calm and the feeling of being refreshed both mentally and physically.
We know that disconnecting completely can be easier said than done in our fast-paced, ultra-connected world. After all, the stresses of daily life don’t take vacations! However, some getaways make it easier to unplug than others.
Here are 7 ideas.
1. Hitting the Beach
The beach offers so many ways to unplug. Walking on the sand, wading in the ocean, listening to crashing waves, building sand castles and relaxing with a good book. Here’s a list of the Top 10 Beaches in America.
2. Globe Trotting
When you get past the hassles of airports and logistics, visiting a foreign country is a tremendous opportunity to unplug. Exploring a new culture opens you up to the sights, sounds and heartbeat of wherever you’re visiting. Meet new people, sample new foods, learn a new language, explore local museums, step out in nature… and much, much more! Check out the 30 World’s Best Places to Visit.
3. Exploring a National Park
The US boasts 59 National Parks! All beautiful, and all unique, National Parks are packed with nature, animals and breathtaking views. Plus, each one has a special place in American history. If you can’t visit all of them, pick one near you! Find a National Park.
4. Setting Up Camp
Pack your bug spray (we like the organic kind) and pitch your tent. It’s time to camp! Camping is a super ‘unplugged vacation’ because it opens the door to a range of outdoor activities: Hiking, fishing, sitting ‘round the campfire and staring up at the stars. Here’s a list of The Best Campsite in Every State.
5. Striking Out On a Hike
Hiking is a great way to get exercise, leef peep and breathe in the fresh, clean air. Think you’re not ready for a hike? Think again. No matter your age or fitness level, there’s a hike for you. Most hiking locations offer trails for beginning, intermediate and advanced hikers. Check out the 10 Best Long-Distance Hiking Trails in the US.
6. Touring the Wineries
For adults only! Consider visiting a winery this summer. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with your spouse, partner or BFF while sampling unique, regional wines. Plus, most wineries are located in rural areas, so you get the added bonus of spectacular views. Drink up these 10 Best Wine Vacations.
Even if you can’t get away, you can still take time off to unplug this summer. And in the comfort of your own home! Some ideas: Long walks, the backyard pool, a DYI facial or simply picking up that book you’ve been meaning to read. (You know, the one that’s been collecting a little dust on your nightstand?) Learn How to Kick Back, Relax & Vacation at Home.
Whatever you're up to this summer, take a little time to unplug!