Why I Chose to Travel Without a Phone for Years

 

Why I Chose to Travel Without a Phone for Years

 

 

It’s hard to believe that apps have been around for over a decade but I didn’t download one until 2015. Before then, access to the internet was something I reserved for doing at home on my computer.

From the start of our international travels in 2014 until 2016 we traveled across 28 countries without a phone at all. We often had trouble finding our way, but we got lost in the experience.

Throughout those years, I had only a basic understanding of apps and what they could do for our lives. My finances, plans, and directions were carried around with me in a heavy notebook and folder.

Part of me wishes I could go back to life without a phone. I would like to feel disconnected from the world again and purely focused on what is going on in the moment.

I used to say, “Live now, smartphone later.”

Another part of me is beyond grateful to have the power of a smartphone and be able to leave those past dilemmas behind.

Gone are the days where we had no way to contact our Airbnb hosts upon arrival. Getting lost is no longer a possibility. No need to dwell on missing loved ones: family and friends are always a few seconds away.

Though these gains are invaluable, I hope you consider leaving your phone behind, if only for a night, day, or week.

Give yourself the option to go that wrong direction. Stumble off the beaten path and run into someone you would have never met otherwise, who may lead you somewhere you would have never seen. Give your life the opportunity to be left to chance.

I’ve heard the average American spends around 4 hours on their phone per day, about 120 hours per month, and almost 1,500 hours per year.  What are your dreams, and would you be closer to them if you used that time more wisely?

Think about it, would taking a break from your phone better your life?  Better your confidence? Better your relationships? Better your success?

Try it out, even if you can’t go far, leave your phone at home and fully experience what this world has to offer you.

 

Phone: My husband’s current phone, still holding out on that smartphone 😉

Hi, I’m Brit!

I'm from California, but I don't live anywhere.

I've lived out of a suitcase for 5 years among

exactly 50 countries, and I don't ever plan to stop.

Come travel with me around the world.

Hi, I’m Brit!

I'm from California, but I don't live anywhere. I've lived out of a suitcase for 5 years among exactly 50 countries, and I don't ever plan to stop.

Come travel with me around the world.

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