A tech-free vacation with your kids may sound daunting. But I’ve gone on a couple of them, and there’s less fighting and arguing as opposed to when we all bring our devices, even between siblings.
Sound too hard to believe?
THERE’S A COUPLE OF WAYS YOU CAN PLAN A TECH-FREE VACATION
1. PARTIAL TECH-FREE
Decide ahead of time which technology is allowed and when. Set the rules and be firm.
For example – is it only phones that are banned or all devices? Or if you’re going on a road trip, can devices be used on the road and then you take them for the duration of the vacation, and they come back out for the ride home.
2. COMPLETE TECH-FREE VACATION
On a completely tech-free vacation, no technology is allowed whatsoever — no phones, devices or TV. It may sound scary – but it’s doable.
WANT A TECH-FREE VACATION? FOLLOW THESE STEPS
Regardless of your guidelines on technology use during your vacation, use these basic rules below.
LEAVE DEVICES AT HOME
If you decide on no technology at all, leave your children’s devices at home.
If you let them bring the devices “just in case,” they’ll wear you down, and you’ll give in and let them have it.
Think ahead of time what possible reasons they may “need” their phone and account for it beforehand. Such as communicating with the other parent, receiving updates from school or a coach, the camera, etc.
Give your children plenty of warning it’ll be a tech-free vacation.
You can even state, here’s where we’re going but no phones allowed, do you still want to go? From the moment you’ve established the rules, don’t or let them open up the conversation.
WATCH YOUR USAGE
Use your phone sparingly.
Your kids will have a hard time keeping a positive attitude if you’re relaxing at the end of the day breezing through social media.
Use your phone for maps, taking photos, and making arrangements for your trip. Make a pact with yourself to stay off social media and email for your journey as well.
Sharing your pictures and vacation with Facebook can wait until you get home.
TIRE THE KIDS OUT
A tech-free vacation works best if you’re away from your hotel all day from sun up to sun down and not stuck riding public transportation.
A trip to the mountains with lots of hiking or skiing is perfect.
Kids equate downtime with their phone. An active vacation like hiking or skiing gives your kids minimal downtime. When they come back exhausted from their day, they’re more willing to partake in family time or read.
Provide lots of room for your kids to burn off energy and have activities available for your kids to use their imagination.