Archive for July, 2015

Digital Detox: Disconnect to Reconnect

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School’s out today! For the whole Summer! I’m a busy mum of two…. it’s going to be a long one. But for me it’s so important that as a family we all try and unplug and ‘ditch the devices’ whenever we go away on holiday. Families nowadays are so reliant on tech which makes it even more important to reconnect with each other and enjoy your local surroundings when you have that quality time away with the kids.

That means as little tech as possible which can be tricky! No gadgets allowed at meal times, limited use of tablets and smartphones for everyone and simply enjoying each other’s company, checking out the local culture away from our hectic daily lives. There are loads of things to choose from to keep the kids occupied and sites such as Villas.com have a wide range of self-catering accommodation to suit most families. Whether you fancy swimming, playing tennis, horse riding, reading or just playing cards there really is something for everyone. Just work out where you want to go, what you want to do, have an idea of your budget and this site really does all the hard work for you.  

From a recent survey, carried out by villas.com, 60% of parents said their children would put up a fight if they had to give up their devices, from iPads to laptops and smartphones (…pretty shocking) and more encouragingly 43% of parents would also like to organise more non-gadget related activities with their family. With the summer holidays just around the corner a limitless variety of off-screen activities are within easy reach of your holiday rental home. Whether you’re having a week in a French gîte or a spontaneous weekend away in a West Country cottage, you’ll be sure to find activities that don’t involve tech time which you’ll all enjoy, from cultural excursions to meals out as a family.

Not giving in to the tech temptation can be hard but do try and give it a go, it really does create the perfect family break. The kids can get back to their iPads when you get back home!!!

 

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