How to Avoid Letting Your Phone Ruin Your Vacation
For many individuals today, smartphones are changing our brains, providing our first greeting in the morning, and usually playing a role in the last part of our day too. According to a mobile fact sheet study from the Pew Research Center, 96% of Americans own a cellphone, and 81% of those Americans own a smartphone.
While smartphones and cell phones as a whole offer a variety of benefits, they can also distract from certain experiences such as a vacation. The average American spends more time on their phone than they think, totaling in at an average of 5.4 hours per day. Minimizing the amount of time you spend on your phone can help you unwind and can be essential to getting the most out of a vacation
Preparing your phone for vacation.
In order to prepare your mobile device for a vacation, you need to think about the reasons you are bringing your phone in the first place. If you are relying on the phone for directions, you should be aware of the various car and travel accessories available such as smartphone mounts and car chargers.
If you are using your phone to minimize the number of carry-on items you bring (e.g. books, laptops, etc.) then you should be sure to download and install any relevant apps, podcasts, movies, or other media before boarding to avoid any data disruptions during the flight.
When you are preparing your phone for vacation and you have determined your reasons for bringing the phone, consider removing all other potential distractions. If you are bringing your phone exclusively to take pictures, remove social media apps. If you are bringing your phone to get around the city, delete mobile games and apps that will take away from immersing yourself in your vacation.