Family Travel Tip: Tablets & Phones: Embrace Staying Connected

In today’s world, it’s hard to escape the concept of staying connected. We and our kids all have tablets, laptops, or smartphones and we’ve become accustomed to always be checking things like Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, and a multitude of other outlets. When it comes to travel though, we often hear about vacation ideas that offer a way to get away from all those trappings.

Stay Connected

Vacations to locations where there are no options to stay connected, places like those you have to backpack into or that are literally out in the middle of nowhere, can be extremely relaxing. These can really offer you ways to get away from it all that you never get to experience otherwise.

You Can Stay Connected Though

Every vacation doesn’t have to go that way though. In fact, when you’re traveling with a family, embracing the concept of staying connected can be a different way of having a great time away from home.

One of the first things that staying connected can do for your family is to remove the pressure of the expectation of not being connected. The stress goes away because you no longer have to worry if you’re setting a good example when you’re on your smartphone. You also can drop the guard a bit about continually admonishing the kids because they’re getting online all the time.

Staying connected can also bring the family together. There are several ways to do this. Establish a family Instagram account and allow everyone to take photos and post to it. When it comes time to pick where to have dinner that night, let everyone race to Trip Advisor and make suggestions based on what looks good to them. If you have older kids, you can also have them keep you updated on where they are and what they’re seeing either by communicating with their social media presence, like Facebook, or via text. Staying connected can actually add to your vacation enjoyment.

In addition to using electronics in a way that enhances travel, staying connected also allows for other activities to take place that can help a vacation be a success. When it’s late at night and they can’t sleep, kids can entertain themselves with games. Some of those games you can even join in with them from the next bed over in the hotel too. Allowing kids some limited time with keeping connected with friends back home can also help a vacation run more smoothly. No longer would you have to have the constant argument about always wanting to contact friends. Instead, allow it to be done under certain circumstances or at certain times and make it clear it’s off the table during the rest of your time away.

Electronics, the internet, and staying connected often get a bad rap when it comes to a family vacation. It doesn’t have to be that way though. By allowing it at specific times and in specific ways, staying connected can actually help a vacation be something everyone enjoys.