Go on a Tech-Free Vacation

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Technology can benefit all of our lives, but it can also be addictive. This summer take a tech free vacation. You can plan your own tech detox at home or you can visit a tech-free retreat, a new trend in Mindful vacationing.

Technology can sometimes be an unhealthy distraction. According to a 2012 TIME report, nearly 50 percent of American workers get distracted every 15 minutes. Most of these disruptions are tech related like email, social networks, and, most importantly, cellphones. In fact, 84 percent of participants said that they couldn’t survive without their cellphones. That’s why a relaxing, tech-free vacation can be so important and fortunately, there are many options for you to choose from.

Here are a few Mindful ideas for a tech detox vacation:

California’s Digital Detox

The Digital Detox is an organization that hosts adult summer camps and retreats that are completely tech-free. There are no technological devices, clocks, screens, or social networking. Their retreats are held at locations throughout California. They offer yoga retreats, guided meditation sessions, and art workshops to help visitors relax. There’s nature hikes and picnics in the woods, which can help the visitors reconnect with nature. And they also offer corporate training, so that coworkers can learn to relax together. If you’re interested in a Mindful California treat consider Digital Detox.

Florida’s Little Palm Island

This Florida Keys getaway makes for a luxurious vacation. This resort and spa is strictly no phones and no televisions, making this an ideal location for a technology-detox. So, instead of surfing the web consider surfing waves, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, sailing, snorkeling, and dolphin encounters. The spas offer facials, manicures, pedicures, acupuncture, massages, seaweed masks, and milk and honey body treatments. Want to get in touch with your spiritual side? This resort offers life-coaching sessions as well. Consider visiting the Little Palm Island website to learn more.

Illinois’s Kinnikinnick Farm

David and Susan Cleverdon operate the 30-acre farm, which is located 85 miles north of Chicago. They grow organic vegetables, herbs, and cherries and also raise chickens, and herd sheep, hogs, and goats. While at the Kinnikinnick Farm, guests can stay in the Feather Down Tent. It offers no modern conveniences like gas or electricity. However, they do have a wood-burning stove, candles and oil lamps. Plus, the whole family can bond while you’re exploring the woods, milking the goats, or harvesting your own food for your evening meal. If you’re interested in a Mindful Illinois treat consider visiting the Kinnikinnick Farm website.

Montana’s Yellowstone Under Canvas

The Yellowstone Under Canvas is a luxury campsite, just 10 minutes from Yellowstone National Park. They offer safari tents and tipis complete with cots or beds, lounge areas, and even private patios. This is a great location for technology-detoxes since these tents do not offer electricity. Each tent has lanterns and warms by a wood burning stoves. You can connect with nature while you’re away from your iPhone and laptop. Yellowstone Under Canvas offers kayaking, fly fishing, horseback riding, rafting, hiking, and zip lining. To learn more click here.

New Mexico’s Vallecitos Mountain Ranch

This ranch located north of Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It’s completely off the electric grid and everything  powers by solar panels. They strictly discourage cell phone and Internet use so that you may better enjoy the mountains. Guests stay in cabins and yurts and can participate in mindfulness training, yoga, and meditation classes. Want to learn more? Consider visiting the Vallecitos Mountain Ranch website.