On our previous 3 trips to Aruba and a cruise we took, my dh and I agreed no cell phones, no laptops, no social media. We left our family our travel itineraries for emergencies, and turned our phones off on the plane. I have to admit, it felt kind of nice to just live in our own little bubble, it was relaxing. We are both Facebook junkies and typically have a phone within arms length 24/7 so the break is nice. We have made a couple of exceptions over the years for special occasion phone calls like my mom's bday, but there were only a couple of those.
Fast forward to our upcoming trip...we will be staying for 10 days. Communication is just so much easier when you can call or text (with an international plan of course). And we will have friends at the same hotel for part of our trip. Plus I have never gone a birthday without talking to my mom - she thinks I'm a cornball for bringing this up and that she will be fine, but it still is an awkward thought for me. And the kicker, Jon and I both play fantasy football and will need to update our lineups once or twice during our stay. So now the dilemma is do we bring a tablet and cell phone and try to limit our use? Or do we stick to our ban on electronics and use the hotel computer lounge to check our fantasy teams and send the occasional email? I know myself, if I have a tablet, I will be on it.
What do you do? I know a lot of you update your trip reports daily, do you do that from a beach lounger or balcony? Previous years I have taken notes and written my trip report when I got home. Not counting those who check in for work, how many people plan to stay off the grid in Aruba? What do you see as the positives and/or negatives?