Beach House Diaries: 10 Tips for Unplugging at the Beach House
Tired of being connected 24/7? A beach house is a wonderful place to take a break. After you've done the requisite vacation prep at work (alerting colleagues or clients, delegating tasks if required; you know the drill), following these steps will help you cut the electronic umbilical cord and truly get away from it all.
- Limit temptation by minimizing the number of tech toys you bring. Start by leaving your laptop at home.
- Conveniently "forgetting" your charger on weekend trips will make you measure your time online more carefully.
- You'll want a phone for emergency purposes, but putting it in airplane mode will help keep you honest.
- If you do need your phone on, don't use it as an alarm clock. Once you wake up with it, it's hard to let go.
At the Beach House
- Forgo Candy Crush Saga and try Candyland (the board game) or sub Scrabble for Words with Friends.
- Stay active: you won't be itching to text or pining for Pinterest when you're out having fun in the sun.
- If your kids (or you!) go into withdrawal, open a tech window -- say, an hour per night or on rainy days only.
Chronicling the Moment
- Rely on a real camera rather than Instagram. You'll use it less, focusing on what matters more.
- Capture memories in a journal or scrapbook. To keep others in the loop, go retro and write a postcard.
- Instead of constantly tweeting about what a great time you're having at the beach, just have a great time.