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Would a lack of wifi put you off going somewhere on holiday?

3 years ago

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Joanne Mallon writer
Joanne Mallon Author, parent, blogger Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, UK

We are off on holiday to rural France soon and one thing I am really looking forward to is switching off from the online world. I can’t wait to get unplugged on holiday. The world can do without my tweets for a week.

Yet I’m amazed at how many of my friends disagree and say that if there’s no wifi, they’re not interested. Granted, a lot of people I know are self-employed, so switching off doesn’t come easily as it can bring with it a fear of missing out on your next big gig. And yes, I have previously got back off holiday to find that I missed out on work. But then I wouldn’t have been able to do it anyway because I was, y’know, on holiday.

These days there are few places that don’t have some semblance of wifi, though you may have to pay for it (often at exorbitant rates if you’re staying in a hotel). Last year our holiday was also a review trip, so I had a commitment to tweet about it and share pictures on Instagram throughout. And the result of this was that I didn’t really feel like I ever 100% switched off. And that’s what I’d like to do on holiday, to switch off the internet and spend time with my family instead.

I think a week of being unplugged will be good for us as a family. Possibly my teenager will struggle, as she is developing a hardcore Facebook habit, where something doesn’t count unless it’s been shared in a status update.

So we might have to go a bit retro and stick to printed guidebooks and looking at the sky rather than an app to check what the weather’s going to be like. But I think it will be worth it.

What do you think, would you go on holiday somewhere with no wifi?

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Experience 3 years ago
Cliff Jones writer
Cliff Jones Dad of two. Life 1st, tech 2nd. Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Sadly yes, but ONLY because I use a connection to help me enjoy the area more. If I were going to rural France then I wouldn't want a wifi connection, but if I happened to be in Florence and I wanted to look for vegetarian restaurants or local sights, then I would appreciate a better connection.

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Experience 3 years ago

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