Travel OFF THE GRID
For adventure travelers in a fully networked, iPhone-addicted world, finding a place to unplug and get away—really get away, to Prague even—is the ultimate luxury. Let's give this some context.
According to a 2017 study by B2X, the smartphone obsession has grown with over 25% of millennials spending more than 5 hours per day on their devices. That same study shows that nearly a quarter of consumers feel frustrated, lost, stressed and sad without their smartphones... see the issue?
So let's be honest, we're all a little guilty here. With the evergrowing wave of digital detox thought-pieces and self-help books, this culture of figuring out ways to detach is growing and Off The Grid is at the forefront of the movement.
DC-based 26-year-old entrepreneur, Zach Beattle, made a bold move and quit his tech job last January to launch project Off The Grid: A new-age travel company that organizes up to 30 people for trips to the most intriguing cities across the world.
The catch? No smartphones allowed. Participants show up, trade their smartphones for "dumbphones" and spend a full week disconnected from the internet.
But what about pictures?
Off The Grid encourages you to bring something that makes you intentional about the photos you take, e.g. a 35mm film camera. If you think you can go without a camera, even better. They have a designated photographer on every trip who's responsible for getting shots of the group. After each retreat, they send the photos to everyone in the group.
Transportation, accommodation, and a full itinerary are planned by the company for these 7-10 day excursions with itineraries varying city-to-city and all activities being completely optional.
Generally, every day is divided into three parts: mindfulness in the morning, exploration in the afternoon, and community in the evening. In any case, the choice to do your own thing during the adventure is highly encouraged.
As cell phone towers continue to sprout, as Wi-Fi hotspots continue to spread, escaping the mediated world becomes harder and harder—and ever more exclusive. And yet being a part of Off The Grid is where one can still come face-to-face with the original thrill of adventure, that sense of strangeness, of being in a new and different place, that travelers once took for granted through the lens of a screen.
Cut the electronic umbilical cord and check out Off The Grid's upcoming summer trips for more information on how to join the movement. Slots are selling fast so get in while you can!