How To Take A Digital-Detox Vacation This Summer

By Ellen Creager
Detroit Free Press

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Are you really ready to cut the cord? If so, there are travel companies that are ready to wisk you away WITHOUT your devices. Intrepid Travel, offers “digital detox” tours to Thailand, Ecuador, Morocco and India; and Digital Detox Camp Grounded, offers no-device camping trips to northern California, New York, North Carolina and Texas.

Detroit Free Press

Would you, or could you, take a digital-free journey this summer without cellphones, cameras, laptops, TV or social media connections?

The industry journal Travel Weekly reports that a small segment of the public may be searching for such a vacation. Two companies that offer them are Intrepid Travel, with “digital detox” tours to Thailand, Ecuador, Morocco and India; and Digital Detox Camp Grounded, with no-device camping trips this year to northern California, New York, North Carolina and Texas.

Intrepid Travel doesn’t even allow film cameras. The company found in a survey that people waste at least one hour of their vacations just searching for a Wi-Fi signal, and 41 percent choose vacations “based on what will look good on social media.”

But as summer arrives with its lazy days, that sounds so exhausting and unhealthy.

So cut the cord. Here’s how.

DO-IT-YOURSELF DETOX
One obvious way is to go somewhere with no cell or Internet service. This is not as hard as you think.

Up at my cottage on Lake Huron in Michigan’s Thumb, we have digital detox every day, without paying for it. That is because we cannot get a cell signal next to the lake, and there is no way to get Internet service in the sparsely populated stretch of Sanilac County’s Forester Township where our cottage is. (We also cannot get satellite Internet at our place.)

OK, I admit that occasionally we have driven inland from the lake about two miles to fetch a 4G mobile phone signal. We also have walked out to the main road to see whether our phones will work at all, even for texting, and once in awhile they do, usually in the winter.

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