For the past week, I was taken back to a simpler time in life. Back to a time with no cell phones, no Internet and almost no TV. I was not stranded on a desert island, in jail or on the show Survivor.
I was on a spring break family vacation on a cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. And it was amazing.
We sailed on Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world. 6,200 passengers, over 2,000 crew members, dozens of restaurants and bars, many theaters and entertainment venues, and many pools and hot tubs. Plenty to do, much to see and enjoy.
Knowing that Internet was 55 cents a minute and using a cell was $2.50 a minute, I opted to shut off from the real world. The verdict, it was hard at first, but once I got used to it, extremely enjoyable.
For those who know me through MCP or more personally, you know that I am hooked in to email, Facebook, Twitter and staying connected every waking moment. I’m not a casual Internet user. So as with any addiction, the 1st few hours I was craving my iPhone, desiring to push send and receive. I wanted to share my experiences from my trip, show pictures, tell you funny quotes from my kids. I would reach for my phone or computer, and then remember, I was not connected.
After a day, it got easier. I started realizing that the world would be okay without me. My customers and followers with questions might need to search elsewhere for answers or wait for my return. Though I received a few panicked emails, most people would understand that after 10+ years of being connected hourly, I deserved a week off.
It was a genuine week off. I spent uninterrupted time with my family. I suspect that I didn’t use my usual line, “I’ll be there in a minutes.” Typically on vacation I still check email and correspond frequently with customers. When I take an annual trip to Northern Michigan (“Up North”), I still make my family wait as I finish up emailing and touching base with people.
This was much needed break and I highly recommend everyone trying to get offline for a week. You may just be surprised how much you like it. I may even force myself to disconnect once a year and enjoy life at a simpler time.
I will share some of the snap shots I took later this week. I took over 400 images, many with my point and shoot, and some with my Canon 5D MKII… Here is a sneak peek.