Friday, November 30, 2012

How can you enjoy your vacation and experience happiness when you are still addicted to the Internet?

Internet Drugs on Demand. Credit:, Don Hankins
Are you addicted to the Internet? I wish you weren’t. You should admit you are when you miss the value of spending an experience on your vacation for the PC or Internet. Vacation times are for refreshment, for having a good time, leaving all the worries behind. Fine and good, you need to check your emails, to communicate with friends and send them your vacation pictures. Gone are the days of postcards signed with love. The Internet makes communication and sharing fun and easy.

The caveat is when travelers and vacationers who are supposed to be having a good time are using their laptops and smart phones often, taking away from the experience of a vacation.

Plan your vacation wisely

It is easy to get bored during a vacation. Try not to allow that to happen. Many persons have resorted to killing the boredom by spending time on the Internet. Experts suggest that you should value the experience of socializing. Try to think of this time as time that should be well spent; put your mind off material things and money. People who were primed to think about time spent more time socializing and were happier, while people who are primed with money spent more time with their noses buried in books and were less happy when they emerged.

Because you wanted to spend time on the Internet while on vacation does not mean you are addicted to the Internet. Pulling out computers, iPads and smartphones at home and work could be addictive. Addiction to the Internet should be suspected when you fail to realize the purpose of vacationing. You should plan your trips wisely before booking any ticket. Technology and gadgets should be put in their place. Again and again, it has been proved that time and experience spent on vacations, concerts, amusement parks and restaurants is money well spent when compared with priced objects, trinkets or even gadgets. You have to be careful though when planning your vacation because opting for the wrong vacation is more costly and more potentially damaging than making risky material purchases.

Make sure of the more important things, not money.

How much would you pay to be happier? I will give you a secret. Spending time with people will make you happier than making money or getting rich.
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Focusing on money only motivates you to work more, and have less time for socializing. Working hours does not make one generally happy. What this means is that whether rich or poor, you need to make time a resource that should be treasured and spent. Vacation times are opportunities for that. Making money is important, but much more important is finding happiness. If it is possible for you to leave everything behind, every gadget or technology equipment behind when on vacation, do it. Get attached to people during this period. Take up things like diving, swimming on the beach, eating coconut and other fruits, or even climbing mountains. Go fishing, visit the museum. You will and cannot enjoy life when throughout the year you are focused on making money and getting glued to a screen. Enjoy your vacation. Take your mind off the Internet when you are on vacation.

It is easier said than done when you are addicted to the Internet. What you need is willpower. Finding a balance between time spent on vacation and the time to answer essential emails and communicate with loved ones and family is very important. You can find the Internet in major vacation destinations in the world so you can get transport schedules, site seeing schedules, transport routes etcetera, but overall, make sure you do not spend an inordinate amount of time on these activities that you miss the point of vacationing. The holidays are here. Plan where to spend time for a vacation.

( Related post: Enjoy an all-inclusive vacation at the Caribbeans this holiday. )

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