To travel today often means to travel with a smartphone. Like a trusted friend, your smartphone knows where to go, where to eat (especially where not to eat) and when the next sale on flights to Hawaii is coming up.
To travel with a smartphone means to travel with your camera, a tether to a digital realm and a gateway to near-unlimited knowledge (thanks, Internet!).
To travel with a smartphone is convenient and (arguably) necessary given today's era of hyper-connectivity and share-happy culture. But for every Like or Favourite your smartphone provides, there's a shortfall to come with it.
Remember said gateway to near-unlimited knowledge? Well it's also a pathway to this thing called an "inbox" and "text messages" and "phone calls" -- some of the things many travellers try to escape from in the first place.
It's not easy for Canadians to give up their phones. Roughly eight in 10 smartphone owners say they don't leave home without their mobile device, according to a 2012 Google survey. Nearly 35 per cent of the survey group say they've become so addicted they'd rather trade in their TV before parting with their device.
Who needs a TV when you've got a Netflix app, right?
Factor in the 65 per cent of Canadians who suffer from "nomophobia" -- that sense of panic people feel when they're away from their phone and internet access -- according to a Rogers Innovation Report and you've got the making of a group of people in need of an intervention.
Okay, perhaps intervention is too strong of a word. Maybe some people just need a digital detox. A retreat from technology if you will. Well, as the internet will tell you, there are plenty of beautiful places free of Wi-Fi. There are also a couple of options in Canada for those desperate for a departure from all things digital.
The Best Places For A Digital Detox In Canada
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HI-Mosquito Creek Wilderness HostelFlickr: Mark Hill Photography
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