Do You Go Off-the-Tech-Grid When You Travel?

Do You Go Off-the-Tech-Grid When You Travel?

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Taryn Williford
Jun 25, 2010

In case you couldn't tell from the bright sun and rising temperatures, it's summertime—and time to take a vacation. It's the perfect opportunity to clear your head and rejuvenate your life—mostly because the daily chimes, ring tones, alarms and buzzing of your tech can really make you batty. But do you truly make an effort to escape from technology when you take a break?

In our limited experience, we've found friends at both extremes of the "do-you-leave-tech-at-home" dilemma.

Some friends enjoy the self-assigned "break" and will turn off their cell phones for days at a time. They inform their parents and spouses back home that they'll be happily unreachable and to call the hotel if there's an emergency.

Other friends can't stand to be disconnected. They'll pre-pay for the in-hotel wi-fi and bring along a laptop just to check in on Facebook between trips to theme parks. For them, being able to guiltlessly browse the useless corners of the web is just as relaxing as a beach-side massage.

Me? I'd like to think I'm a happy medium. I'll stay away from social networks and my Google Reader (even on my phone), but I still love to share my trip with family and friends by sending a few picture texts as a new-age "wish you were here" postcard.

What about you? Do you disconnect completely, or do you go gaga for travel gadgets? Let us know in the comments!

(Image: Flickr user Matthieu A. under license from Creative Commons.)

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