How to Stay Unplugged on Your Next Family Vacation
Family travel is a huge part of my life, both personally and professionally. As a travel blogger, I’m blessed to be able to bring my family along on so many adventures that would otherwise be impossible. Being connected during these press trips is a must, and it’s something my kids understand goes along with the privilege of accompanying me to cover a destination. But what about the family vacations we take on our own time and dime? I’ve found myself slipping into “work mode” on these trips, as well considering there’s always something cool to share on Instagram or Facebook. It’s just what I do!
During our recent press trip to Navarre, I got to visit a campground/resort that not only doesn’t provide wi-fi but is so remote that I couldn’t get a cellular signal. I considered this an appeal rather than a detraction, and found myself thinking, “A destination like this is the only way for someone like me to truly take a vacation.”
Can you relate? We’re not alone. According to the 2019 Alamo Rent A Car Family Vacation Survey, 61% of workers put pressure on themselves to work while on a family vacation, and 27% of families say they sometimes feel pressured to post photos of their vacation on social media. A whopping 91% of families find the idea of an “unplugged” family vacation appealing.
While I’m open to vacationing somewhere that makes it difficult for me to stay connected, it’s not a requirement for taking an unplugged vacation. Alamo Rent A Car has even provided some tools to help! Check out their Unplugged Family Vacation Toolkit for resources to help you stay unplugged on your next family vacation.
In the toolkit you’ll find:
- Custom Phone Lock-Screen Wallpapers
- The Unplugged Family Vacation Pledge
- Custom Facebook Profile Frames
- Creative Vacation Autoresponder messages for your email accounts
I’m loving the Unplugged Family Vacation Toolkit phone lock-screen wallpapers since my smartphone is usually the biggest impediment to staying unplugged and present during vacation. Want to take a photo with your phone? Did you know that if you have an iPhone you can swipe left on your lock screen to access the camera without unlocking your phone? Maybe this is old news to you, but I just learned this trick less than a year ago. *blushes* Now, I really have no excuses for keeping my phone locked while enjoying family time. Which phone lock-screen wallpaper will you chose? I picked “Nothing to See Here” since it’s straight to the point.
Family benefits to an unplugged vacation are clear according to the 2019 Alamo Rent A Car Family Vacation Survey. 41 percent of families enjoyed their vacation more, 40 percent had better conversations, 38 percent felt more relaxed, and 36 percent felt closer as a family. If you’re concerned about getting the whole family on board with the idea of an unplugged vacation, download the Unplugged Family Vacation Pledge to help clarify goals and intentions for your trip.
After you’ve chosen a clever out-of-office email, upload a custom Facebook profile picture frame to let everyone know you’re taking a break from social media. Now the pressure is off to post pics, check messages, or scroll your newsfeed. You can always share vacation photos after you return to the grid!
How will the Unplugged Family Vacation Toolkit help you stay present on your next family vacation? Check out the other tips, tricks, and resources at the Alamo Scenic Route site while you’re there. Happy travels!