Disconnecting from the holiday madness

Disconnect from technology and stress; figure out what works best for you and your family and reset your mind, body, and soul. Photo: Photos courtesy of Morgue File free images

WASHINGTON,  November 18, 2013 – As the weather gets colder, people like to bundle up in their homes with their families. Connecting with loved ones is a great way to spend the holiday season, but sometimes it can get to be too much.

Rather than being bogged down by holiday cheer, check out these ideal getaways to disconnect and spend time with only your closest of loved ones:

Go on a Backpacking Adventure

Fall is the best time to go on a backpacking trip into the wilderness. The air is crisp, and the leaves are changing colors. Take a day (or even better – a week) hiking trip to wherever your favorite view is, whether it’s a cliff or mountain, desert, forest, grasslands or beach.

Backpacking is a great way to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of digital society and enjoy the beauty of nature surrounding us.

If you’ve never been backpacking, go to any sporting goods, military surplus, or outdoor store and buy yourself a sturdy pack. Basic camping supplies work, although there are many lightweight options designed specifically for packing and carrying on long hikes.

Bike Into the Country

Another great way to get away from it all while getting some fresh air is to simply get on a bike and ride out of your metropolitan area. You can temporarily live “off the grid” while traveling and exercising at the same time. The weather is cold enough that you’ll need some warm clothes, food, water, and a first aid kit on you, but overall you can pack light.

Going on a bike ride together is a great way to spend time with someone you care about. Be sure you’re not timing your trip or trying to set travel-speed records – take the time to stop and smell the roses, taking pictures of them to share with envious friends and family stuck in the holiday hoopla.

Fly Somewhere Foreign

If you really want to make sure you’re disconnected, you can always fly to another country. Leave the international plan behind and learn to live somewhere exotic without the use of Siri or Google. Holiday bonding happens when people work together toward a common goal. Creating an Amazing Race scenario for your family will give you a fun and exciting way to bond away from everyone else.

The holiday season is filled with blackout dates, and it’s a busy travel season. If you don’t care where you go, fly standby and save a lot of money. Otherwise, keep an eye on major travel sites like Travelocity and Hotwire, while also monitoring individual airlines such as Virgin and Delta for great ticket prices. Book a hotel and rental car in the package to save even more.

Take a Cruise

If the journey is more important than the destination to you, consider shunning the airport altogether and simply booking a cruise. Cruise ships have much more to do than airplanes, and being out in the middle of the ocean is a great way to disconnect from holiday stresses. The best part is someone else is taking care of all the cooking, cleaning, and other chores – all you have to do is relax.

Booking a cruise is just like booking a flight, start on Travelocity, and take those prices to individual cruise lines, such as Thomson Cruises and Carnival. Be sure to have your passport on you, even if you’re not stopping at an international port, because you may need it to get back home.

Happy Disconnecting at Home

The above options aren’t the only ways to disconnect during the holidays – simply camping out in the backyard or turning off the electricity and internet to enjoy a candlelit conversation can change the mood of the entire season.

Figure out what works best for you and your family and reset your mind, body, and soul.


How do you disconnect at the Holidays?  Family game night?  Decorating cookies? Walks? Do you have a tradition, or want to start a tradition?  Send your favorite disconnect ideas to us, along with a photo and we will publish as many as we can in our Holiday Traditions coverage! 

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Drew Hendricks is a professional business and startup blogger that writes for a variety of sites including The Huffington Post, Forbes and Technorati.  Drew has worked at a variety of different startups as well as large advertising agencies.


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