I have a confession: I do not own a smartphone anymore. I work in front of a computer enough as is, both out of necessity to earn a living but also for fun.Â The side effect of this is that it makes me value my real life even more so I don’t want to waste anymore of my life on the internet and computer than I already do. Plus there is nothing more annoying than talking to someone who has their face buried in their phone all day.
For three days I left the digital world behind entirely for fun-filled days of photography and travel on the California Central Coast with my girlfriend. I didn’t bring a laptop on this trip as I find that when I travel with a laptop it makes my photography suffer because I ultimately end up spending too much time on it, such as how I lost most of my last day in Nevada this past fall due to having to deal with my website being hacked. Though it sucks to have your site hacked and taken down for two days, in hindsight I wish I could have that last day back and dealt with the problem back at home.
I didn’t miss the internet at all during this trip to Monterey and I think I’m going to try traveling digital-free again when I go to Canada. It felt so liberating to be able to focus solely on the things that are important to me. The problem I find in today’s world is that there are so many distractions that it just results in a loss of productivity. No one wants to admit that but it’s true.
Try unplugging for a few days, or longer if you’re traveling. Leave the devices at home and focus on you. If you need intellectual stimulation, try having a real conversation with the people you’re with rather than IM’g each other while in the same room, go for a hike, go to a museum or read the books on your shelf that you haven’t gotten around to yet. You’ll probably come back a happier person and healthier.
See more of my Monterey Bay pictures.