You’ve put on your out of office, you’ve cleared the perishables from your desk and it’s time to go travelling! It’s an exciting time of discovery and relaxation but it can be enhanced if you do yourself a favour and leave your phone at home.
For the purposes of clarification, we’re talking about smartphones here. Travel unencumbered by emails and Instagram pressure, you’ll be thankful on the flight home says the Huffington Post.
1. Unlock your inner linguist
Without help from a thousand translator apps on your phone, you’ll be forced to dig into your memory and draw out any traces of your language GCSE. Struggling to speak will help you remember the phrases more than reading them from a screen.
2. Deep down you don’t care about other people
When you spend enough time away from Facebook you realise you actually couldn’t care less about other people and their opinions. You’re not missing out on anything except holiday photos and videos of newscasters swearing.
3. You’ll have to discover cities on your own terms
The one positive of bringing a phone abroad is the ease of adapting to a new city. For the first 24 hours of arrival you’ll be blind but it’ll help you understand your location and put some mystery back into choosing a place to eat or what bar you should visit that night.
4. Phones attempt to create the experience of travel
Apps like Instagram are modelled on the basis that we all wish we could be somewhere else. They’re just cheaply imitating real experience and you’ll only come to realise that once you travel truly alone.
5. FOMO fades
Fear Of Missing Out – it’s the Black Plague for millennials. Being away for a month and disconnected from your friends might be hard at the beginning but it’ll get easier. The same way that you’ll feel homesick for the first couple of days, the worry of missing the party of the year will similarly pass.
6. It could trigger a digital detox
Shaking the impulse to constantly check your phone may carry on by the time you’re reunited with the black rectangle that controls your life. ‘Forgetting’ your phone will slowly become ‘leaving your phone at home’ – it could happen.