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?