Vacations are a chance to unwind, explore and disconnect from our high-stress lives. One way to effectively achieve this is to put away mobile devices, but the need to feel constantly connected can sometimes take over. This may be a more difficult task for your your teens, but lead by example with a few easy ways to gradually wean off screen time while traveling.
Bring an actual book or two on your next trip. Reading on the plane, train or automobile can help pass the time or transition into a fun leisure activity while keeping your eyes away from the addictive blue light of your phone screen. Encourage the kids to bring one, too, and you can discuss what you’re reading over dinner or downtime.
Download audiobooks, music and podcasts on your phone while traveling. Take advantage of the audio experience and relax on the beach, while in transit or in your hotel before bed rather than scrolling through social media feeds. Your kids may already have some podcasts and music downloaded on their phones, so ask them for recommendations.
Stay active on vacation by booking tours, excursions, dining out, meeting friends and going out for runs and walks. Explore your surroundings and appreciate every detail of your trip in the moment without checking your phone for updates. Book a bike tour through the countryside where you’ll all be less inclined to have a phone in hand while riding.
Taking photos on a family vacation is a must, but turn your service off while sightseeing. You can take great photos and not feel the urge to post or share right away and encourage the kids to do the same. This will save your phone’s battery life and data. Explore your surroundings and focus on being in the moment, rather than generating FOMO posts for friends back home.
You may begin to notice an onslaught of benefits from reducing your family’s screen time, from deeper sleep, reduced stress to more focus on work and feeling less pressure to impress and share via social media.
Enjoying the moment and fully immersing yourself in the vacation will eventually become a habit and you’ll feel less inclined to check your phone, share and connect constantly.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
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