The Unintentional Digital Detox

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This time last week I was in the depths of Cornwall. And I mean right down at the bottom, The Lizard. I haven’t actually been that far down the country before which seems like some sort of crime having now seen how beautiful it is down there. It seems silly to think that a six hour drive is considered an unbelievably long way to go, especially since speaking to an American girl at the wedding, who told me that people regularly drive between San Fran and LA. That’s an eight to nine hour drive. Phew…

Anyway, once we had finally arrived we took full advantage of our surroundings, ie. ‘get me to the seaside!’. Perfect unspoilt beaches, clear blue sea, sand dunes and more. The place we were staying, Trelowarren, was literally a warren. Squiralled away in the woods, the complex was a very quaint set up with a pool and resturant. All you could need for a holiday really.

Except internet…

While on the first day I was happy enough to leave my phone and laptop alone, free to enjoy a surf lesson (which I was terrible at FYI) and enjoy the company around us.

The second day was when I started to get the itch. The one that has me checking for 4G every couple of minutes. In my defence all I wanted to do was share the beauty of the place through Instagram, but it just wasn’t happening.

Day three I’d had enough. Taking advantage of the 3G while on the road to yet another glorious beach to get a snap up on social media.

Day four was another struggle. One which saw me buying internet just so I could check Facebook and browse the internet.

This unintentional digital detox made me realise quite how many times a day I pick up my phone, or click on to facebook and twitter. Far far too many times.

It’s a bit of a shame that, as much as I love Instagram, what I wanted to do most was take photos of this stunning place before adding a filter and waiting for the ‘likes’ to start coming in. Really what should be focussed on is taking it all in, breathing in the fresh sea air and making the most of it before heading back to the city.

One of the main things that I took away from the trip, aside from realising yet again that I must live by the sea, was that time away really should be time away. To give your eyes and brain a rest for the blue technology light that’s bad for us. To read a book, or just sit and relax in beautiful surroundings. That life and travelling is not supposed to be all about the content you can produce and photos you can share.

Some things can always be saved for later and it’s the here and now that matter the most. That being said if you would like to follow me on Instagram you can do so here and Bloglovin too while you’re there!

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