While I’m sure most people don’t get this impression of me immediately (let’s be honest here, I’m not exactly the most rugged or sporty person per se), I love the outdoors and long hikes and walks, especially when traveling.
Although I was unsuccessful getting our group in Mull out for a pony trek (sadly the treks end in September) and Ruaridh and I forgot our binoculars, I was eager to grab my camera (it appears I’ve adopted Ruaridh’s Canon as my own…) and head out for walks around the island.
I think I would have really lost my mind had I been cooped up inside the house because of rain all weekend. Honestly I was already going a bit stir crazy indoors and coping with a digital detox (no cell service, limited internet).
I normally deal with not having cell phone service really well. In fact this is the only time I’ve been abroad and had a completely functional cell phone. When I was living in Ireland I was mobile-free and in Hong Kong I had a crappy pay-as-you-go flip phone.
During one of our walks I was ticking off a list of things I needed to do when I got back to Edinburgh and Ruaridh stopped me–this was the time not to worry about emails and visas and packing. Sometimes I feel like having less to do actually makes me stress more.
Everyone finds peace and relaxation in different ways. Ruaridh wanted nothing more than to play board games all weekend and that’s absolutely fine, but I told him before we even left for Mull that it wasn’t my cup of tea (now a puzzle, that I could really get into).
My musts for the weekend?
Taking lots of photographs, going for a run, and being out in the sun.
Lucky for me, Mull provided amazing views for all three of those activities. I almost didn’t even notice I didn’t have cell phone service.
Have you ever gone through a Digital Detox? What’s your ideal way to relax on holiday?
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