Adventures Off the Grid

I spend a lot of time online. And if you do too, you might find that a lot of your online time turns into time you could or should be doing other things. Though I don’t think I’m addicted to the Internet, I’m aware I could use it less. I’ll start by researching an article on the history of tables and then find myself watching a short film on frogs’ lives. It would be nice to switch off both ourselves and our devices.

Off the grid usually means a place has no connection to electricity. However now it often means there is just no Internet connection.

It must be a sign of our technological society that you can find holidays which advertise as being ‘off the grid.’ People are willing to visit some harsh locations far away to disconnect from the virtual world and hopefully reconnect to the real one. USA Today said Death Valley is popular with visitors who want to get away from communication networks. But you don’t have to risk exposure to have some me-time.

Grand Canyon National Park has limited Internet and mobile phone connection at least according to Frommers. The signal gets weaker as you go into the canyon. Most of your journey should be phone free, letting you enjoy the beauty of one of America’s natural wonders. If you want something cooler, you should try the Ultima Thule Lodge in Alaska. The lodge is located in Alaskan Wilderness, which has to be as far from civilization as you can be while still having a comfortable stay. The lodge promises its visitors a special holiday. At night, the entertainment is 100% natural in the form of the Northern Lights.

You don’t have to have an adventure holiday if you want to go off grid. A tech-free trip can be as quiet as you want it to be. You could try Skiary Loch Hourn. Loch Hourn is located north of the highlands and this guesthouse claims to be Britain’s most isolated. No roads lead to it. People have to arrive either by foot or by ferry across the lake. The guesthouse doesn’t just unplug you from the Internet, it unplugs you from everything. There’s no electricity. Home-cooked meals, including fish caught in the lake, add to the cosiness. Your personal battery will be recharged without you once having to go near a power source.

If you lead someone to something, you make them think or believe it is true, often when it is not. ‘The advertisement in the magazine led me to believe the holiday was all inclusive.’

It’s important to disconnect. We have already shown you that too much smartphone use can lead people to think their phone is ringing when it isn’t. Too much time in cyberspace takes us away from the real word. Sometimes, we need to willingly visit that place.

Original article by Ryan Scott – Sydney, Australia. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team

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I spend a lot of time online. Sometimes I should be working, but I’m not always. Maybe this also happens to you when you are on the Internet. I don’t think I’m addicted to the Internet, but I could spend less time on it. I’ll start by researching an article on the history of tables and then start watching a short film on frogs’ lives. It would be nice to switch off both ourselves and our devices.

Off the grid usually means a place has no connection to electricity. However now it often means there is just no Internet connection.

It must be a sign of our technological society that you can find holidays which advertise as being ‘off the grid.’ People will visit harsh locations far away to disconnect from the virtual world and hopefully reconnect to the real one. USA Today said Death Valley is popular with visitors who want to get away from communication networks. Grand Canyon National Park has limited Internet and mobile phone connections. The signal gets weaker as you go into the canyon. Most of your journey should be phone free, so you can enjoy the beauty of one of America’s natural wonders.

You don’t have to have an adventure holiday if you want to go off grid. A tech-free trip can be as quiet as you want it to be. You could try Skiary Loch Hourn. Loch Hourn is located north of the highlands. This guesthouse claims to be Britain’s most isolated. No roads lead to it. People have to arrive either by foot or by ferry across the lake. The guesthouse doesn’t just unplug you from the Internet, it unplugs you from everything. There’s no electricity. Home-cooked meals, including fish caught in the lake, make it cosy.

If you lead someone to something, you make them think or believe it is true, often when it is not. ‘The advertisement in the magazine led me to believe the holiday was all inclusive.’

It’s important to disconnect. We have already shown you that too much smartphone use can lead people to think their phone is ringing when it isn’t. Too much time in cyberspace takes us away from the real word. Sometimes, we need to willingly visit that place.

Original article by Ryan Scott – Sydney, Australia. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team

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Creep in this article means something similar to crawl or move slowly. A creep is an adjective to describe a strange person.

If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time online. And if you do, you might find that a lot of your online time bleeds into the time you could or should be doing other things. Though I wouldn’t consider myself an Internet addict (though they say denial is the first sign of addiction), I’m aware of the creep. I’ll start by researching an article say on the history of tables and end up watching a short film on the life cycle of frogs. It would be nice to switch off both ourselves and our devices.

It must be a sign of our technologically saturated society that you can find holidays which advertise as being ‘off the grid.’ People are willing to visit some harsh remote locations to disconnect from the virtual world and so reconnect to the real one. USA Today pointed out that one of the world’s most inhospitable environments, Death Valley, is popular with visitors who want to escape the reach of communication networks. But you don’t have to risk exposure to have some me-time.

Grand Canyon National Park has limited Internet and mobile phone connection at least according to Frommers. The signal gets weaker as you head into the canyon, so most of your journey should be interruption free, letting you enjoy the beauty and splendour of one of America’s natural wonders. Actually those who enjoy rugged tech-free trips will find a number of  adventure holidays without wifi. Sequoia and Kings Canyon in California have been recommended by the Huffington Post.

Heading further north to cooler climes you will find the Ultima Thule Lodge in Alaska. The lodge is located in Alaskan Wilderness, which has to be as far from civilization as you can be without sacrificing too many comforts. The lodge assures its visitors a tailor-made stay. The owners promise a tip based on whatever takes a person’s fancy that day. Even the evening’s entertainment is 100% natural in the form of the Northern Lights.

Going off grid does not necessarily require you to always partake in adventure holidays. A tech-free trip can be as quiet as you want it to be. In the UK a number of rural villages provide comfortable means of escape. In Purton Green, Suffolk you can stay in a thatched cottage, which is all that remains of the village. There is no TV, no telephone and to get to the cottage you will have to walk about 300 meters. Visitors come for the isolation the cottage provides. More information is provided here.

If that doesn’t sound far away enough, try Skiary Loch Hourn. Loch Hourn is located north of the highlands and this guesthouse claims to be Britain’s most isolated. No roads lead to the guesthouse. People have to arrive either by foot or by ferry across the lake. The guesthouse doesn’t just unplug you from the Internet, it unplugs you from everything. There’s no electricity. Home-cooked meals including fish caught in the lake add to the cosiness. Your personal battery will be recharged without you once having to go near a power source.

If something ‘defeats the purpose’ it erases or cancels out the reason. ‘Taking a baking class defeated the purpose of me going on a diet.’

Of course some people may dispute whether you can ever truly be off-line. Mike Rugnetta makes this argument in an episode of the Idea Channel. And while he’s right about the ubiquity of the Internet, I think he doesn’t make a fine enough distinction between being passively online which is our digital life going on without us and being actively online – which is what these holidays are about getting away from. Though I would agree that thinking about blogging, FaceBook updates, emails and other aspects of your digital life defeats the purpose of these trips.

And it’s important to disconnect. We have already shown you that too much smartphone use can lead people to think their phone is ringing when it isn’t. Too much time in cyberspace will draw us away from the real word. And despite Rugnetta’s argument that the distinction is complicated, there is a world outside our devices. It’s what remains when the device is switched off. From time to time, we need to visit that place voluntarily.

Ryan Scott – Sydney, Australia

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