Unplanned digital detox - How I coped on holiday with out my phone.

Last Thursday I did the unthinkable. Something so unimaginable that the mere thought sends me into a panic.

I left for a short break in Townsville and left my phone at home. 

Phone. At. Home. And I was heading to far north QLD. 

As we pulled out of the driveway I thought to myself “do I have my phone?”. Of course I had it! I’m a mother who packed every other bloody persons bags and toys and other necessary crap – of course I had my phone. As if I would forget it.  That was until I got through security at the airport and wanted to take a quick snap of the kids and made the horrific discovery of no phone. No phone! We were boarding in less than 5 mins.

Panic set in.

My heartbeat actually quickened and I had that feeling of dread. Even though it was -1º, there were beads of sweat on my forehead.  I went back out through security and ran as fast as I could out to the car in the mere hope that my phone would be there.

It wasn’t. Immediately I thought of all the things I was going to miss out on in the world of Facebook and Instagram. I know that sounds like such a first world problem, but for a blogger and social media manager this is a nightmare. A real life nightmare. I had plans and needed my phone. I thought I would be sick.

I ran back into the airport just as we were boarding. I would have to leave without it. There could very well have been tears if there wasn’t a packed departure lounge. I felt like my arm had been chopped off. Dad thought this was hilarious and embarked on a series of jokes and  questions; “Holy heck! How will you cope?”, “Oh no not the phone Fleur!”, “Here you can borrow mine to make a phone call” (he was actually laughing at this one, knowing that all his phone is good for is a phone call!).

We landed in Sydney and Dad was quick off the mark “Missing your phone yet Fleur?”. I could have punched him fair in the nose. Just shut up already.

I grabbed The Mr’s phone and quickly downloaded Facebook and Instagram (as weird as this is, he isn’t even on Facebook or Instagram – he just doesn’t get social media), signed in and had a quick scroll. My nerves calmed somewhat. Everything was ok.

We got to Townsville 9 hours later and I had somehow survived the day and three flights without my phone.

I spent the next 3 days enjoying time with my extended family, playing with the kids, walking along the beach, eating and drinking and watching my younger brother wed his one true love.  I even had time to start and finish a whole book – imagine that! And it was great.

The only time I really missed my phone was when I wanted to take photos and had to borrow The Mr’s phone. And by the time he got it out of his pocket the moment would be gone. And just before bed, you know when you say you are going to bed but what you really mean is I am going to be to scroll on my phone for a hour and then sleep.  The rest of the time, I think I did ok. I actually enjoyed not being able to check emails, enjoyed the silence of it not beeping and ringing with every bloody notification, I enjoyed that for a few days I was uncontactable. The detox was good.

I would sneak in a quick scroll of Facebook and Instagram with The Mr’s phone but he would quickly ask for his phone back – he knew that me leaving my phone at home would be good for me. A good chance to unplug and have a digital detox from the world of social media, even though my work revolves it.

By Monday, the missing phone wasn’t even a problem. The detox worked. Until I arrived home, ran in to find the phone only to discover that it was dead flat. You know that 10 or so minutes it takes just to get a tiny bit of charge – it took forever!!! As soon as that screen lit up, I was on it. Scrolling, clicking, double tapping and pinching that screen like a mad woman.

Detox was over.

Are you crazy about your phone too? Ever had a unintentional digital detox?



Image credit – Pixabay


  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    June 17, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I once went out for the night without my phone and was all twitchy! I was disappointed because how was I going to take pictures of dinner and cocktails, but the hubster was overjoyed because for once he got my undivided attention. I spend way too much time on my phone – it’s good to detox, isn’t it? Hope you’re feeling all rested, relaxed and that you had a top trip!
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  2. shannon @my2morrows

    June 17, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I couldn’t help but laugh at Dad. Thats exactly what my dad would have said too! Glad you had some quality unplugged time. I totally need more of that but the thought makes me a tad nervous 😉
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  3. Monique@The Urban Mum

    June 17, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Oh no, the initial panic would have been dreadful…it is just the photo opportunities I would miss and a bit of Instagram…otherwise happy days…it is lovely to realise the world can turn without you, and besides so many fabulous things to do in Townsville…I do like a check before bed, but a good book lets me sleep better…Welcome Home and yay to back online…x
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  4. Jenni from Styling Curvy

    June 17, 2015 at 10:27 am

    My Mister only just signed up to Facebook but never looks at it…oh the irony! I’ve now started leaving my phone at home for short spells (a few hours) to help me be more present…no checking, no interacting just living in the moment but I’m the same as you, I miss it when I want to take a pic x
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  5. Snappystreet

    June 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I used to try and have a digital detox once a month, but that has seemed to fall by the wayside, so I must get back on track! You have inspired me 🙂

  6. Jackie From Hippie Mumma

    June 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I have a post scheduled for next week about just this! Phone detoxing! Panic is the initial feeling and then enjoyment lol. And you realise how much everyone else around you is on their phone hey! xx
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  7. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living

    June 17, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Ahhh as bad as it would have been, so good for you! At least your family and kiddies had your undivided attention and you were able to read your book! A detox is what I need, I too scroll through my phone as I brush my teeth and head for bed….bad habits!!!
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  8. Mum Of Five Girls

    June 17, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    On no Fleur!! The initial moment of discovering that you didn’t have it was probably the worst!
    I sometimes leave mine at home accidentally which only worries me if something were to happen to the girls at school and I was uncontactable.
    Glad you enjoyed your little break!
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  9. Melinda Mcqueen

    June 17, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Awhh you poor love,
    I would be exactly the same! but you handled it rather well. Your Mr sounds like mine – he does have facebook but has no clue what instagram or twitter is. LOL!
    I noticed you managed a retweet for me on twitter while you were away 😉 thanks heaps-
    I’m glad you had a good trip away xx
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  10. peregrinationgourmande

    June 18, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Haha good detox for phone junkies! I’m totally addict too. The worst that annoys me a lot when I go on travel abroad is to wait to find a wifi spot. And when it doesn’t work proprely arggghhhh! xx cathy
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  11. Marney

    June 18, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Seriously I feel you – I put my phone in the washing machine recently and almost cried! I went a week without it, and the first few days were tough, but then I realised how free I felt when no-one could contact me and I wasn’t distracted constantly! That said, I don’t think I could voluntarily give it up… 🙂

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