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Andrea J.
03-13-2012, 01:39 PM
http://technorati.com/lifestyle/travel/article/how-one-family-learned-to-give1/

a family's vacation in Aruba (no texting, email etc)
an interesting article and video

Arubalisa
03-13-2012, 02:04 PM
Dd does it more or less all the time :D

No TV permitted during the entire vacation for anyone :D

None of us use cells in Aruba.

Dh uses internet for work.
Dd uses the internet sparingly for literally moments at a time before dinner to catch up with friends.
Yours truly uses the internet to keep up with this forum, and touch base every few of days or so with her best friends and her mother ;) If the weather is exceptional, they do not hear very much from me. :D

cindyo
03-13-2012, 06:42 PM
Hats off to that family, anyone else that can do it.

Andrea J.
03-13-2012, 06:58 PM
our son and DIL can do it.
me, not a chance.
hubby......if he misses the stock channel and the CNN news channel he gets the shakes.

those that can stay away from the electronics and media KUDOS.

Hats off to that family, anyone else that can do it.

corona
03-14-2012, 12:53 PM
That was a nice story, Andrea. Thanks for posting it.

Knowing our DVR is recording our favorite shows makes it easy to leave the TV off without temptation. When my boys were teens, they knew to leave their cell phones off because no way would we pay for out of country cell charges that they would have incurred. We do rent phone(s) there for convenience to keep in touch with the boys when they were out and about. We still get a phone now that we're empty nesters for emergencies and for island calls.

Internet, well, I do check my email, web sites and news. Also, I have to stay on top of the ever changing Aruba weather conditions. :p

The boys kept in touch with their friends that way too. But, as long as it was when we were waiting their turn to shower or something of that nature, a little computer chatting with friends never bothered me. Now, if they were on the computer rather than enjoying all that Aruba has to offer, that would have been different story. We do a lot of camping and outdoor activities where there's absolutely no electronics, no cell phone coverage, no internet, and often no electricity to be had. After one of those trips, it was always fun to watch their frantic texting when we made it back into cell phone range. :eek:

Arubalisa
03-14-2012, 01:21 PM
But, as long as it was when we were waiting their turn to shower or something of that nature, a little computer chatting with friends never bothered me. http://www.aruba.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif http://www.aruba.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gifhttp://www.aruba.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif http://www.aruba.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif

Andrea J.
03-14-2012, 01:25 PM
how did we survive in the dark ages (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and yes, even the 90s)?
hahaha

serene56
04-06-2012, 11:46 AM
I often wondered how families were able to do vacations 10-15 years ago when we did not have all this stuff.

Andrea J.
04-06-2012, 01:29 PM
i remember......it was awesome.

I often wondered how families were able to do vacations 10-15 years ago when we did not have all this stuff.

sandy
04-12-2012, 04:05 PM
Interesting article, but 2 things that seem completely crazy:
1. that we cannot part with electronic devices except by force
2. an 11 year old with a girlfriend

Maybe it is just me... ;)

Traceyd14
04-12-2012, 08:56 PM
My dh and I have decided that vacations for us are also vacations from internet and texting. We don't have children so it makes the choice a lot easier. I make sure our immediate family has our hotel and travel arrangements for emergencies.like the old days..lol. We spend way too much time online and on our smart phones at home and I can say after the first day, my withdrawals ease up and I feel free from the handcuffs my phone has on me. We have done this on our last 3 vacations and don't plan on changing that.

shanb42
04-20-2012, 09:09 AM
I go phone/internet free in Aruba. I'll tell ya what, I am so much happier disconnected from everyone and everything! Makes for a much more enjoyable experience.

ArubaRookie
07-12-2012, 10:57 PM
We went with no cell phones to Aruba in February. Me, my wife, 12 yr old son and 16 yr old daughter. No complaints whatsoever....how could they complain...they were in ARUBA!!!!!