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Digital Detox: Sail Away

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My work, like many people’s, keeps me no more than an arm’s length from my laptop, desktop or iPhone. Whether writing, researching or photo editing I need access to the internet and my gadgets to get the job done. Some might balk at the following sentiment, but for me it is the only way to achieve a truly relaxing and rejuvenating vacation: let go of the digital leash and basque in the glory of a wifi-free getaway.

These days escaping the internet isn’t that easy. I have traveled to some far flung destinations and was unpleasantly surprised to find that even there if “the need” arose I could access the world wide web. The only trips where I have found salvation from the constant creeping urge to check my email, Instagram or Facebook were our sailing vacations. Out at sea or anchored in a tranquil bay, we were simply unable to get a signal and for me it was bliss. You can’t really worry about the work email you receive while away if you don’t even know you’ve received it. Now, I know that might sound unprofessional or even immature, but if you’ve given the proper notice to colleagues that you’ll be away and have gotten everything done before you go, then you have every right to not worry about work while away. Out of sight, out of mind.

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Whether sailing the Turquoise Coast of Turkey, San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest, Abacos in the Bahamas or B.V.I.s in the Caribbean, each of our cruising journeys was equally void of any internet interaction. Of course there is gear that you can get for your boat should you actually require it that would allot you at least some wifi service, but I suggest going without. Our cruising grounds afforded us numerous marinas to stop at to make a call had we needed or to grab a newspaper for current event updates. The sailboats were equipped with VHF/Marine Radio Communication if there was ever an emergency, to use to make a dinner reservation or to simply reserve a mooring ball or dock slip. And if you just can’t curb the addiction to catch up on social media most marinas offer basic wifi that you can pay for per hour.

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While going through numerous photos of past sailing excursions for another project I realized how in need of a digital detox I am. I’m fortunate to say that I love what I do and am excited about many of the current and upcoming projects that I’m working on, but I can’t stress enough the utter joy I find in being able to unplug. I can’t wait for the next chance to catch the wind in our sails and salt air in our hair. It certainly helps to have a husband who knows how to sail, I’m more than lucky in that respect, but you can also hire a captain and even a chef for your own charter. For more information on bareboat charters or skippered charters check out The Moorings Yacht Charter and Sailboat Company. We’ve used them for all of our sailing trips and have had wonderful experiences. The Moorings has numerous marina bases around the world and offers dozens of itinerary suggestions to assist in your experiencing the best cruising grounds around the globe.

Now it’s off to work on another project that will keep me glued to my computer. I’m sure soon enough I’ll be daydreaming of reading on a boat in the sun instead of focusing on the reality of the items on my to-do list. Queue Enya…

All photos © Hillary Leo







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