I did a digital detox in the Maldives and it was amazing. \u00a0Here's how to unplug on vacation.\r\n\r\nWhat's your ideal vacation? \u00a0White sand beaches and fun in the sun usually tops most people's idea of a great vacation but what I see more often than not when I travel is people looking down at their phone doing the infamous thumb scroll and it never crosses their mind to unplug on vacation.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAlthough the line between travel blogging trip and vacation are a bit blurred for me, \u00a0I decided to unplug in the Maldives not because of spotty wifi or expensive data but because I needed to truly relax and enjoy the beauty of where I was.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFor most of us the idea of 'going offline' terrifies us. \u00a0We don't know when to quit whether it is work or family. \u00a0I am very lucky to live in New Zealand where they pride themselves in having a work\/life balance and don't really take work home with them. \u00a0They also know how to travel well.\r\n\r\nI met an Australian in Central America who had been working in the States for the past year. \u00a0He told me a story about how his boss had emailed him in the middle of the night and told him off when he didn't reply. \u00a0We didn't get into specifics about whether it was urgent or not but that type of work culture is strange to some of us who work to live instead of live to work.\r\n\r\nI found myself worried about what I should be doing. \u00a0Taking those Instagram perfect shots and snap-chatting about my adventures when all I want to do is live in the moment and enjoy myself. \u00a0Its sad to think that working while on holiday is the new norm. \u00a0I see too many people checking emails and replying while laying on the beach or by the pool.\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to unplug on vacation\r\n1. Choose how you spend your time\r\nYou really need to focus on being kind to yourself and unwind from your everyday stress. \u00a0Its ok to be totally lazy - that may be exactly what you need. \u00a0Just make sure it is something you want to do. \u00a0I find if I lay around too much I start to feel sluggish. \u00a0Go for a swim or a stroll to keep moving.\r\n\r\n2. Try meditating or doing yoga\r\n\r\nI love to wake up and do 10 minutes of yoga everyday. \u00a0A few simple breathing exercises and some sun salutations to start my day and get my body moving.\r\n\r\n3. Do your favorite activities\r\n\r\nI love to read. \u00a0Having a good book on holiday is an important step for me to unplug on vacation. \u00a0I recently bought a kindle to use as I was reading on my ipad before and of course there was the temptation to go online and check things. \u00a0This way when I'm reading that is what I am doing, no distractions.\r\n\r\nI also love to go snorkelling and using my snorkeling gear to see the fish!\r\n\r\nJust a note, the more it scares you to unplug on vacation\u00a0the more you need to do it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile in the Maldives I spent a lot of time snorkeling. \u00a0The fish were so beautiful and there was so much to see from whale sharks to turtles to manta rays. \u00a0I spent a lot of time talking with the other guests on the island too. \u00a0Finding out where they came from and why they decided to visit the Maldives.\r\n\r\nAfter looking through all these photos can you see how easy it was to unplug on vacation? \u00a0Ok, not completely easy, but totally worth it. \u00a0Have you ever thought how you could unplug on vacation?