Once you are on holiday it is pretty annoying being reminded about reality. For that reason, I have a love-hate relationship with my phone (actually any device that connects me to the real world and doesn’t allow me to relax).
There are a few things that make me slightly panicky when I’m abroad:
When I’m trying to connect to wifi and I have to submit my email, people knowing I was recently online and who expect me to chat with them and running out of space on my phone are a few that comes to mind. At the end of the day when you’ve paid a lot of money to go on holiday and forget about life back home and you need to set yourself up to make the most of it.
Here are some quick hacks to make your holiday a bit more tech-friendly:
- Create a travel Gmail account that you can use to register on wifi networks (I’m thinking firstname.lastname@example.org). Most restaurants, hotels and even airports ask you for an email address to connect to their wifi. If like me, you already have enough emails coming to your promotions folder then create a travel account to use on holidays. Keep your holiday away from reality.
- Switch off your ‘Last seen at’ on Whatsapp, Facebook chat, etc. Sometimes I feel the pressure to respond because someone could see that I was online recently. Chances are it was to research something holiday related, like a spa with a sea view, or quickly checking in with my parents. For me, it’s important to shut down while I’m away and part of that is chatting a bit less. Generally, you can find this in the apps settings section under privacy. For Whatsapp go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen > Nobody
- Set your out of office message on your personal email. Again, it’s good for any friends, recruiters, etc to know why you might not be responding ASAP and that you have a good reason not to. It’s easy to do on Gmail. Check out the steps here.
- Switch off your notifications on Gmail, Facebook, Insta, Tinder, whatever you’re into. If you have some downtime open the app to see what is new, but try not to get distracted by ongoing notifications about ‘An event near you’ back home.
- Connect your Gallery on your phone to MegaBackup, Dropbox or Google Drive and delete as you go. My phone is my main camera at the moment (sadly) and it fills up quickly. By automatically syncing when connected to wifi I can delete pics on my phone every night helping me with space for the next day of fresh photos. This one is for you, mom.
If you have any other tips please share them with me.