Detox From Technology With A Good Old-Fashioned Family Trip

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

Family vacations are a great way to relax, unwind, and bond as a family. However, connecting to your children and making memories that will last a lifetime can be tough when they spend all of their time plugged into their electronics. 

The fact is that we live in a world where technology has become an integral part of our lives, which has meant that many of us have become addicted to our iPads and smartphones. However, if you plan the right vacation, you can spend some good old-fashioned quality time with your loved ones, making memories that will last a lifetime. 

Choose a vacation location that does not incorporate technology into it in a big way. Leave the iPads and smartphones at home, and head off on a good old-fashioned family vacation. Pack a camera to capture the memories and one cell phone for emergencies, but apart from those things, leave all other technology behind. 

To make planning a good old-fashioned family trip easier, and to ensure it is technology free (or as free of tech as possible), read on. 

Pick the perfect location and accommodation

The key to success when planning a family holiday is picking that perfect location, as well as the ideal accommodation that perfectly meets yours and your family’s needs. For a holiday that is free from technology, or as free from technology as possible, it’s important to be choosy about where you opt to visit and stay. 

Somewhere like Bird in Hand, a historic village, could be ideal, as this kind of location would offer a vacation with a proper family feel to it. Like the idea of visiting a historic village? This remote village could be perfect as there are plenty of places to stay in Bird in Hand, and lots of things to see and do. For a family break with a difference, choosing somewhere like this - somewhere historic and less commercialized than other destinations - is perfect. 

Plan out your itinerary 

The times when technology is missed most is when you aren’t doing anything. The fact is that if you spend time researching your location of choice beforehand and finding out about all of the best things to see and do, you can ensure that no one is bored while you are on vacation. 

Research the local area near to where you're staying and write a list of all the things to see and do that could be a good fit for your family and trip. Schedule each activity that you want to do into an itinerary so that you can ensure that there is always something to do and no one is bored. 

Pack family games 

For those times when you are sat in your hotel room or villa and have nothing to keep yourselves occupied, family board games can come in handy. Pack a few different board games - ideally your children’s favorites - and a pack of cards, so that you have plenty to do to keep yourselves occupied when there is nothing else going on. Believe it or not, board games can be a lot of fun, especially when you’re on vacation. 

There you have it, a guide to detoxing from technology and planning a good old-fashioned family trip. 

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