Why you should take time out and be offline whilst on holiday…

June 15, 2017 Lifestyle, Travel

I know, the title seems like a pretty rich statement coming from a blogger who spends a vast proportion of their time on the internet. However, even the most internet obsessed among us can benefit from taking some time away from the ‘world wide web’ and here’s why.

A few days ago I flew back from a wonderful week in Mexico, the first few days I tried to get my camera out, pester my boyfriend to take pictures of me to show off my ‘Instagram-worthy’ beach wear, and keep my Snapchat, Insta stories and Twitter feeds updated with the latest activities. But I was living my holiday through a lens, and then through my phone screen as I edited, captioned and uploaded, completely ignoring my gorgeous surroundings, the sounds of the birds in the palm trees and the waves hitting the beach.

The moral of the story could end here by simply stating that we need to find a balance, but the truth is that actively leaving your phone in the hotel room, and living in the moment for a few solid days can really show you all the little things that you’ve been missing.

For the rest of the week, I didn’t care how my hair looked, I didn’t put on a smidgen of makeup, or arrange my food awkwardly for that perfect table shot. I just lived, and it felt so liberating.

I love social media, the internet, sharing my experiences and capturing the world around me, but sometimes it’s important to give yourself a break, to truly switch off, not just tell yourself that you are. To actually be sat back enjoying a cocktail by the pool, not tweeting about it.

I didn’t come home completely empty handed though, I brought with me my little Instax camera, going back to basics in order to capture the holiday in a few unplanned, unedited shots, that I will treasure forever.

We had an amazing time in Mexico and I un-apologetically have very few photos to share with you. Have you ever taken some time out, and lived in the moment away from blogging?

Love,

Sophia x

 

8 comments

  1. Lois says:

    I am going on holiday at the end of July and want to take photographs to be uploaded post holiday! During my weekend away I don’t want to be on social media, however I’d like to take photos anyway and use them if they fit into my blog or to post on Insta at a later date. I hope I don’t become to fixated on taking photographs that fit the ‘blogging niche’ as I’d like to live in the moment.
    Good read,
    Lois x
    http://www.lifeasloismay.wordpress.com

    • Sophia says:

      That’s a good plan! Not every holiday needs to be a switch off holiday, I am currently away in Madrid right now and snapping away like crazy for the blog, but when we went away to Mexico it was all inclusive and supposed to be a complete wind down from all our stresses. Have a great time! x

  2. Char says:

    Completely agree with this! We spend so much time these days trying to capture the moment instead of living it. It’s refreshing to hear that you managed to switch off, definitely going to try this on my next trip!

  3. Jenny says:

    This is so true, it’s not really a holiday if you’re taking photos just for work, or setting up shots etc but then again if you take good ones anyway that end up working it’s good too!
    http://www.ajennysaved.com

  4. Alex says:

    I work in the technology sector, and carrying around a cell phone feels a lot like wearing a ball and chain. So I can tell you with 100% confidence that turning off the phone is THE SINGLE BEST THING you can do when you’re on a trip. Take a camera. Take a nice camera if you’ve got one. But the phone has to go OFF. No question.

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I'm Sophia Whitham, a Classics graduate from Kings College London embarking on a journey into marketing with Kafoodle. A keen writer, foodie and traveller I have combined my interests into this little corner of the internet to take you on a walk in my world...❤

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