Enjoying the outdoors without technology – Bobby Ikebudu
The woods without wifi.
Being in love with the outdoors can make an adventurer eager to share the experience with others. I remember when I went hiking at Raven Cliff Falls a few months ago. It was just mother nature and me.
NO SOCIAL MEDIA
This hike is a long shady trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end. It is without a doubt one of my favorite day hikes.
Once I had returned from Raven Cliff Falls I did what any person would do: Text my friends, post photos on Instagram, and even blog about it on Vestigo.co. Usually then that is when my friends contact me to invite themselves on the next trip I take. Of course I accepted the request. I mean who would not want their friends to journey on amazing trails with them. I had just witnessed nature at an amazing level so the least I can do is bring them along. Right???
It was the next trip to the Cloudland Canyon State Park that I made an adventurers discovery. I brought 4 friends along that I had never been camping or hiking with before. I expected it to be a new experience for them
I was wrong….
We were about 20 minutes into a hike up to a cave located within the park. Everything was perfect. There was a slight breeze, no mosquitos in sight, and on this day the park was not packed. This is the perfect hiking conditions. Until I looked behind at my group of friends and noticed something that made me livid.
THEY WERE ALL ON THEIR PHONES.
The trip that I planned and was enjoying was being taken over by technology and social media. One friend would be on Instagram while the other would be texting his/her bud. This is not what being outdoors is supposed to be about. It was then that I noticed that they are 2 types of people that go outdoors:
- The 100% outdoor engaged adventurer
- The 100% technology engaged cyber-adventurer
When you are on your phone you are literally ignoring mother nature, and missing out on the surroundings. Based on a recent survey, Americans like to camp in order to reduce stress, reconnect with nature, and to spend more time with family and friends. However at the same time the most wanted amenity at campgrounds is free Wifi.
Among roughly 3,000 people surveyed for the Kampgrounds of America study, a preference for free Wi-Fi ranks even higher than a desire for safety lighting, cabins, and campground stores with food and gear for purchase. It’s still not quite as important as “clean and well-maintained bathhouses/restrooms,” which 50% of the survey respondents cited as an important campground amenity, making it the most popular choice. But free Wi-Fi is valued by 19% of the respondents, putting it just behind the second-most widely shared concern of campers, which is whether a campsite is “kid-friendly.”
I don’t use technology in order to gain a deeper relationship with the world. It is such a distraction to what we are there for. I noticed that dropping the phone allowed me to see things that I normally wouldn’t even catch. Believe it or not you cannot multi task while enjoying the outdoors. It only makes sense. We were hiking up one of the most beautiful trails in Georgia. It just turns out that at the time my friends preferred scrolling and like Instagram photos. It was upsetting.
Once you are able to disregard the Wi-Fi and turn off your phones, then you will have an entirely new experience with the world around you. I encourage you to try it. Whether you adventure out and hike or you go and kayak…its better without social media. Don’t worry you can post those photos and text your friends after. Friends reconnect…. Families bond…YOU ENJOY!
If you are the 100% outdoor engaged adventurer and you would love to connect with more adventurers like you then you definitely need to check out Vestigo.co. Even if you are not quite fully there, there are so many eager outdoor enthusiasts just like you that would love a group to experience the outdoors to the fullest. So get out there and Empower You Outdoors.