During the fall season, I was able to take two trips that really allowed me to “disconnect.”


The first was to a cabin near Wellsboro, Pa., with family, and the second was to a leadership retreat at a camp, where use of cell phones was actually not allowed. These two trips were great reminders of the importance of disconnecting from your devices for a bit, and really taking in your travels.

Sometimes, I feel like, on social media, I’m “on” a trip with friends because so many photos have been shared during their travels: “Here we are at the Colosseum!” or “Now we’re taking a break for lunch at this restaurant!”

But, if we’re constantly updating our Facebook pages and Instagram accounts to let everyone else know where we are and what we’re doing, are we really taking in the sights around us?

I have a challenge for you, Recreation News readers, during your upcoming travels — whether it be to a famous or historical site, or just to a family member’s home for the holidays — to remember to disconnect. Silence your phones, disengage from social media, and just enjoy the task at hand and the company you’re with.

Here are a few ways you can disconnect:

■ Take photos, but share them later

Documenting your travels (and the time spent with friends and family during holidays) is important. But, those photos don’t need to be shared to your social media accounts immediately. Take photos throughout the day, and share them in an album at the end of your trip

■ Turn off your notifications

I never have email notifications sent to my phone, whether I’m traveling or not. This allows me to check emails on my own terms, when I know I can commit to the tasks I’ve been assigned to within. On a trip, I turn off notifications for texts and social media, too.

Pro tip: You can “always allow” certain people to reach you via your smartphone. If you’d like to receive texts from the people on your trip so that you can find each other, set those people to “always allow.”

Don’t forget, that, after your trip is over, we’d love to see your photos. Just share them on social media using #LivePlayDo.

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