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How I went 48 hours with no internet

This may not seem like a big deal to some people but this was a milestone for me.

Last weekend I spent 48 hours with no connection to the internet whatsoever.

I went to Devon with some university friends for a surfing weekend. Yes surfing in November. It was actually great. We had amazing weather and the beach was basically empty! It was still bloody freezing though. Thank god for wetsuits.

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I wrote about needing to take a break from the internet and since writing that I haven’t been able to get the idea out of my head. I’ve not booked anything yet but next year I’m planning on taking a proper holiday. A whole week. No internet. Just relaxing. But before I do that I felt like a needed a test run. And what better place to do that than a weekend in the countryside with my non-YouTube, non-social media group of friends?!

Here’s the thing: it was easier than I expected. I thought I’d feel like a limb was missing. I thought I would have a nervous twitch to tweet all weekend. But I didn’t have any of that. There were a few moments when I was surfing (which I’m totally new to) when I wished I could tweet about the fact I could stand up on a surfboard! I was so proud of myself! But instead I just shared my excitement with the friends I had with me there.

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Without the internet my phone battery also lasted the whole weekend. Incredible.

To be honest, I don’t think I’d be able to go 48 hours without internet whilst also trying to live my life in London. That would be near impossible. But last night I went out for my friend’s birthday and we were walking from her house to the club and when we were halfway there I realised I’d forgotten my phone. I had to get an uber back to her flat and then another uber to the club. It should have been a really frustrating situation but I didn’t mind because it felt like a breakthrough for me. I never forget my phone. I left my friend’s flat, walked for a good 20 minutes without even thinking about my phone or needing it. BREAKTHROUGH.

I’m genuinely so proud of myself.

I definitely want to give myself regular mini-breaks away from the internet and I can’t wait for my holiday next year! (where should I go???)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments. Do you take regular breaks from the internet? Could you live without your phone?

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  1. I’m guilty of always needed to be online but I have a few opportunities each year to be phone-less. I do summer camps where leaders are encouraged not to flaunt their phones in front of the campers for example. In a week I’m going into hospital for some radiotherapy and I can’t take anything home with me due to the radiation so that will be at least 48 h no phone. I wonder how I’ll get on.

  2. I love taking breaks, some days I just switch off my phone and revel in the fact nobody can disturb me- I usually end up cleaning weirdly – but I love the feeling of complete isolation, it makes me feel so peaceful.

  3. That’s awesome! I haven’t given up the full internet (obviously, I’m reading this), but I have sworn off social media for the entirety of November to focus on NaNoWriMo and other things – like not the election, not the drama of friends and family, etc.

    Social media, to me, namely means Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, Instagram and if I had a Facebook still, Facebook.It’s really been nice. I have missed Tweeting about some stuff, but I know when I come back I will have a new appreciation for it.

    It’s so rewarding to step away from some of that for a while.

  4. I grew up without internet. It was a different time, when it was typical for kids to play outside and staying indoors too long was shunned. I had to go over to my friends’ houses and ask if they were home, leave messages on their answering machines and they would get back to me, cell phones were not mainstream until I was 13, and there was no instant communication. If I wanted to learn something I would have to go to the library and search through the shelves to find a book on the subject.

  5. That’s great Hannah! I’m happy for you! 🙂

    I finally bought a flip phone last year in case my car ever breaks down or I’m running late to work and need to call in (the traffic here is horrible), but I hate owning it and only use it when I have to, so yes I can live without a cell phone quite easily. I have most of my life. Lol

    I would miss the Internet. I’m sure I could give it up for a weekend or a week or two without too many withdrawal symptoms, but I don’t have a pressing need to get it out of my life. I’ve learned so much from being online; it really is a window to different possibilities for me.

  6. -Prague
    -Barcelona
    -Rome
    -Amsterdam

    (Or pick a place you’ve always wanted to go to,
    or a remote camping trip,
    or a place at random)

    Also:

    I use the internet every day,
    but I don’t ever think of it as a particularly good or bad thing,
    it’s not really any different than reading a magazine,
    I guess the main difference is that because of the abundance of stuff
    it’s just easier to get lost on here.

    But I don’t think I’d find it difficult to stop if i wanted to.
    Other than e-mail for contacting people, making plans etc
    everything else is just information and art – so if I gave up going online, why not give up reading books, or listening to music, ’cause other than the possible discipline issue it’s no different.

  7. When I’m generally at peace with myself I have no problem leaving my phone out of sight somewhere. I won’t turn it off because since I live alone there’s no one else to inform me about urgent things in my family or whatever. But turning off internet or forgetting about my phone is not really uncommon. It’s about a need for chasing highs when you can be more satiated by a steady content and loving feeling.
    But I couldn’t do without your cute eyes I think. Don’t feel like trying too. So once a week I just have to turn on WiFi.
    But in all seriousness. If your environment knows when you are scheduled to shut off internet, even in London, they adapt to it. Just a matter of persistence. And let them know text and calls still work. Take some you-time. Shut off wifi and contemplate about my comment. And consider a world outside London In your head with people you haven’t met before. What those people might bring you.
    Or pick your nose mindful.
    Bye

  8. Yeah great! Since I do not have mobile internet, I am naturally a lot of the time off. But I still spent way too much time online being at home or at a friends home or anywhere near a hotspot. That’s why I started spending my holidays completely without Internet like two years ago. And it’s so great, I feel like my soul can finally breathe when there’s nothing I can do than listen to my brain and heart. And after realising that I can make totally different experiences. So I recommend it to you warmly! 😉
    Also just thanks for sharing your thoughts and stuff online with us, I can imagine it being quiet tough sometimes.

  9. If your really into hiking/ outdoor adventures, it feels really awesome going on a camping or backpacking trip while phoneless because then you’re really into the nature and the openess (phones make me feel pressured? so like no phone AND being outside is double whammy free)!

  10. I used to spend every summer holiday without any internet. At least three months a year without it. It was fine, I’m 24 so I know life without a smartphone, I’m not too attached to it. But yeah, The last few years have been okay. I went to a mcDonalds nearby(30 min drive was the closest one) just to check my email if there was anything important. It’s fine the first few weeks, but after 3-4 weeks it starts to ache. With my current job I wont be able to go on holiday for that long of a time, but I’m happy to do it when I get the chance!
    x

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