“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Hopefully you are packing your bags and making your plans to arrive in Yellowstone National Park in the very near future. You have probably heard that it is remote and the infrastructure is a bit behind the times, leaving residents feeling like they are living in the early 2000s. We have quickly evolved to expect 4G speeds anywhere and everywhere. If we could tap our geysers for more bandwidth and faster speeds, we’d probably have the best internet in the west!
On the flip side, you have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to disconnect a bit this summer and go on a digital sabbatical of sorts. There is a lot of exploring to do and it is not going to happen while waiting for downloads, scrolling through social media feeds, or binge-watching Netflix. The sun provides much daylight here (15+ hours!) but your summer season will fly by before you know it. Maximize every moment and immerse yourself in what Yellowstone has to offer.
With all that said, there are a few things you can do that might help ease the discomfort you may initially feel from that lack of digital connection. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
If you have taken all those steps and then some, you may look to these added benefits that won’t maximize your device bandwidth but may enhance your internal bandwidth:
Check out this interesting (and hilarious) article by Baratunde Thurston which chronicles his digital sabbatical – if he can do it, anyone can!
Congratulations! You have liberated yourself from the teams of behavioral psychologists that have designed social media to be addictive!