Cape Town - We should have seen this one coming: Holidaymakers can now book Digital Detox holidays, in which they are willfully weened from cellphone and other smart appliances usage - including TV - in a bid to really relax.
Let's face it, we're all a bit addicted to digital devices and the social media content that comes with it. Even whilst on vacation, we cannot help but to scroll through work emails just to check if there isn't something you might have missed. We suffer from work FOMO, and our family holidays and romantic getaways are the victims of this digital need.
In the light of this new addiction that's got humankind in its tight grip, a new travel website has launched with a marvelous idea to rid you from your digital toxins! It's like any other rehab, but with a slightly less-radical treatment - VACATION!
The new website, Digital Detox Holidays, offers various vacation packages where holidaymakers can choose the level of digital detox they will submit to.
Digital detoxers can either opt for the Detox Package, where your chosen destination helps you forget about your smartphone and smart-apps for the duration of your stay.
Options in this detox package includes options like high-end resorts to cozy cabins.
The second level package, the Tech-free attitude package, gives you no wifi, no phone and no television in your room. This way, you're forced to enjoy the company of your fellow travellers. Destinations in this category takes travellers to far-removed locations such as the rain forest resorts in Costa Rica and 18th century farm cottages in Italy.
The last, most extreme level of digital detox, the Highly Disconnected package, offers a total cut-off from the tech world. Destinations that cater for this extreme level of digital disregard include the Namib desert, Mongolia and Alaska.
Namibia's answer to digital detoxing, as listed on Digital Detox Holidays, is Wolwedans Resort, which looks something like this...
...and if this is the cure to our digital obsessions and additions, we'd be happy to check into rehab. Please and thank you.
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