I just landed back in the United States after being on vacation in Costa Rica since Sunday night. I had a great time! The number one reason it was so good is because I completely disconnected from my life.
I didn’t bring a computer with me. I can’t remember the last time I went more than a couple days without using a computer; I practically live on the Internet.
I used my iPhone a bit on Monday because I was maybe going to meet up with Lori from my gym back home, who was out here with her husband and daughter. It didn’t work out though and I’ve been offline ever since. Since Monday afternoon, my phone was rarely out of airplane mode.
On Saturday night, even before leaving, I actually deleted the Facebook app so I wouldn’t be tempted to check on everyone back home. I spend way too much time on Facebook and may just leave it off my phone as an experiment. I can’t even explain how nice it was not reading all the status updates and liking pictures. No distractions from what I wanted to do for the day and none of that stupid logging in every 10 minutes to feed my curiosity if anyone had posted something new. Seriously, see if you can go FB-less for just a day.
No texting and I didn’t buy an international data plan for this trip. I really wanted to get away and I’d say mission accomplished. I was having withdrawals before I even got out of the States on Sunday, but I didn’t even have a second thought once I arrived in Costa Rica.
I have no idea what has been going on anywhere for the last 4+ days and I love it. I think I’m going to unplug more often to enjoy real life.
I traveled to Budapest, Hungary for a little vacation followed by the 2011 Automattic company meetup. It was a great trip because of the people I was with. My fellow Automatticians are an interesting, intelligent, and entertaining bunch. It was a pleasure meeting so many new faces and making stronger connections with the folks I work with each day across the Internet.
When I travel I enjoy how different signs are from place to place. I was in Budapest, Hungary for nearly two weeks and saw a lot of interesting ways to communicate. I still have no idea what many of them mean.
That might be the first flight I’ve been on which didn’t have a No Smoking light above the seat. Turn Off Electronic Devicestook over the spot. It was a Delta flight and the interior design did look like a lot newer plane than I’m used to.