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.
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.
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?