Oh hi there, you may remember me from what feels like ages ago. I haven’t posted in a week (only one week!) but honestly, it feels like a month. I mentioned I was in Italy for my sister’s wedding, and while I hadn’t intended to use the trip as a break from social media and technology, that’s what ultimately ended up happening.
And you know what? I’m not mad about it.
I had grand-scale plans for my social media presence while I was abroad. I mean, what better backdrop for photos than in the heart of Tuscany?! I entered into the trip thinking I was going to be snapping away, left and right, and even if I didn’t post immediately, I’d have great content to share when I could connect to wifi. As it turns out, we have an international phone plan (who knew?) and I could have posted any time I wanted. But that’s the thing – I didn’t really want to. And while I started the trip strong (you may have seen some snippets on Insta Stories), the desire to post slowly seeped out of me. Sure, I managed to snap some pics with Dad and Tom for some outfit posts, but other than that, I really didn’t make much of an effort. Which feels wrong, because I totally had planned on doing just that.
At first I felt guilty – even borderline lazy for not taking advantage of the opportunity to post while traveling. But it wasn’t long before it was replaced with a feeling of relief. I felt truly disconnected, in the best possible way. I had wanted to be as present as humanly possible for the trip and for Tess’s wedding, and ultimately I feel that’s what happened.
Not posting on the blog or Insta even inspired me to stop checking my email and text messages too. I was totally off-grid and it ended up feeling sooooooo good. I had no idea how badly I needed that. I feel inspired to unplug at least one day per week now. I really hope I can achieve that because I can’t tell you how refreshed I feel after this mini-tech-break.
Do you usually unplug on trips? Or do you like to stay in the know? I’d love to hear about your experiences!