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ON YOUR SIDE ALERT: Would you give up your digital device on vacation?

A vacation should be a time to truly get away and unplug.  However, many of you are not unplugging at all while on vacation. 

In a new study by Marriott, they asked vacationers what the would give up on vacation in exchange for a discount, and their study says that most of you say if you had to choose between booze on vacation or your digital device, you said you wanted to stay plugged in. 

You had to be 18 or older to take the study.  Although over half said they would give up the booze to get a cheaper trip, only 26% said they would give up access to their smart phone or tablet in exchange for the hotel discount.

Cyber-expert Theresa Payton explains what you need to know so you can unplug, at least a little bit, and enjoy your vacation:

Many people explained they did not want to give up their device and access to social media because they felt good when people made comments or gave them a like button on Facebook as they posted pictures and locations while on vacation.

Some statistics from a Conde Nast Traveler study include the following reasons for taking a smart phone, laptop, or tablet along: 

75% said they did it to stay connected on email

39% to post photos and/or keep up with their social media accounts

57% wanted to stay informed about the news and current events

72% liked to use it locally to plan out their day

45% felt they had to have it to keep tab on their flights

 If you want to plan a digital free vacation and want some help, you can search online for "digital detox vacations" to find many interesting itineraries.  A personal favorite of ours is the one in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  This trip asks travelers to leave smartphones, tablets and other gadgets back at home or unplugged.  Their digital detox package will provide you with a life coach, tips for traveling without being plugged in, and promises a fulfilling and relaxing time.   

To read the Marriott survey about your travel preferences, click here.

To read the Conde Nast Traveler Study on travel preferences and staying connected, click here.  

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