Everyday, we spend hours glued to screen. But what happens if you put the phone away and take a break from technology? Many students who travel with AMIGOS get a chance to unplug and enjoy life beyond a screen.
Here are some benefits you can find from unplugging:
Improved Quality of Life
The less time you spend on your phone, the more time you have to spend on other things. You won’t be focused on notifications but on real life. You’ll have so much extra time to pursue the things you love! Unplugging on an AMIGOS trip gives you a chance to learn to cook gallo pinto with your host family or climb mountains in Ecuador without worrying about who’s sub-tweeting celebs on Twitter.
Some days it feels like you’ll never get enough sleep, and constantly waking up to GIFs in the group text isn’t helping. Waking up every time your phones goes off, even if it’s just really quick to see who texted, can interrupt your sleep cycle. This will leave you waking up on the wrong side of the bed every time! When you’re unplugging on an AMIGOS trip to Costa Rica, sleeping in a hammock is far more relaxing without the buzz of your phone.
So much communication today is online that we are missing the genuine power of connecting with people in person. Everyone has a story, but you’ll never learn it if you’re not engaging! Talking with people face to face can also teach you to listen better and be more confident. Unplugging on an AMIGOS trip allows you to connect with people in completely different walks of life, even when you’re simply grabbing coffee from a local shop in Panama.
No More FOMO
Fear of missing out is an epidemic. If we see people doing things we aren’t or buying things we can’t, we can feel bad about ourselves. If you turn off that loud voice, you can focus on your own. When you’re no longer comparing your life to someone else’s, you can truly enjoy what lies ahead, like unplugging on your own adventure to the Dominican Republic.