A Digital Detox Vacation? Austin Adventures Offers a New Tour Free from Phones, Computers and Media
For six buzz and beep-free days, brave souls will enjoy uninterrupted conversation, periods of true silence, healthy exercise and the opportunity for real family bonding.
By: Austin Adventures
What would happen if we took a week's hiatus from our phones and devices and let nature and recreation fill the void? One leading adventure travel company aims to find out.
This summer, with the mountains, rivers and trails of Montana and Yellowstone National Park providing the inspiration, Austin Adventures will ask their guests to relinquish their digital devices, turn away from the news and embrace the natural, technology-free world. For six ring, buzz and beep-free days, brave souls willing to sign and adhere to a Digital Detox Pledge will enjoy uninterrupted conversation, periods of true silence, healthy exercise and the opportunity for real family bonding. See: https://www.austinadventures.com/
Why now and what makes this so important? Austin Adventures guides have personally witnessed the transformation that can take place when adults and kids head out on a hike where cell and Internet coverage doesn't exist. Immediately they begin talking and sharing. Parents feel a reconnection with their kids that they haven't felt in some time. With 52 percent of adults agreeing they suffer from smartphone addiction and 57 percent believing their use over time will increase, the company felt it was time to act.
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"Knowing how addictive our digital devices can be, we may be setting ourselves up for failure, but all of us feel compelled to try," says Dan Austin, founder and president of Austin Adventures (https://www.austinadventures.com/)
First step will be to sign a Digital Detox Pledge (https://www.austinadventures.com/
Guests will be asked to agree to refrain from:
· Any and all use of a cell phone, tablet, laptop or other electronic devices
· Discussing daily issues including:
o Politics & World Affairs
o The Economy
o Immigration or Healthcare
· Investing any time in media and news (even in hotel rooms), including:
o Social Media
Instead, guests will be asked to invest their time, energy and focus in the enjoyment of friends, family and new acquaintances and to practice being present, living in the moment, exercising gratitude and working hard at truly de-stressing from daily life.
"Not having your smartphone or iPad for photos or as a connection to social media might be the biggest points of resistance, but we've figured that out," says Austin. A professional trip photographer will respectfully roam the background snapping images to be shared with participants after the trip via a USB flash drive. And throughout the week, guides will take over the Austin Adventures Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/
At check-in guests will be asked to deposit their devices in a mobile safe, only accessed in the case of an emergency. Each morning guests will wake to fresh coffee and muffins delivered to their door with a soft knock replacing the alarm clock. Evening campfires, smores, stories and music will supplant the need for Netflix movies. Televisions and radios will be removed from guest lodgings to stem any temptation. And guests will be encouraged to do "gratitude journaling" at the end of each day, to be shared with the group the next morning.
The company hopes that for couples wanting to deeply reconnect and families in need of bonding and shared experiences, this "detox experiment" might become a popular annual offering. After all, 77 percent of parents feel their teens get distracted by their cell phones and fail to pay attention to other people at family events.
For more information, questions and trip availability, please call 1.800.575.1540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a full roster of Austin Adventures' 2019 trips, cruises and distinctive accommodations on seven continents please visit http://www.austinadventures.com.
Austin Adventures is a Travel + Leisure Magazine World's Best Award Winner and a Virtuoso Preferred Tour Operator.
About Austin Adventures
Based in Billings, Montana, Austin Adventures has spent over 40 years building an international reputation as a top provider of luxury, small group, multisport tours for adults and families to the world's most captivating destinations. Austin Adventures has perfected the art of creating itineraries featuring exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations, incredible guides and exhilarating activities, all while keeping all-inclusive rates and services the norm.
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