5 (ALMOST) FREE ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY WITH YOUR PARTNER DURING A DIGITAL DETOX

It can sometimes feel as though we spend, and share our entire lives online. It is so easy to access information now with smart phones, and free wi-fi in most places that we surround ourselves with technology. Technology can be an amazing tool, but what if you want to unplug and spend time away from a screen? A recent survey by Cartridge Save found that 65% of people want to take time away from the internet and their phone at some point. Whilst some people enjoy baking in their tech free time, others enjoy gardening. I personally like to spend my non tech time with my husband and daughter, as most of my hobbies include being online.


I like to think there are plenty of activities that don't involve anything digital, yet can also include someone else, so I thought that today I would share 5 activities that I enjoy with my husband away from the screen. 


DRIVE WITH NO DESTINATION IN MIND
Have you ever just jumped in the car and driven around with no particular destination in mind? It's something that my husband and I used to do on a regular basis. We would take it in turns to pick the next direction. Sometimes we ended up in the middle of nowhere, even a little bit lost, but we always had fun, and we always managed to find a way home without even using our phones. In fact we've even used an old school map before! We've found some lovely country pubs and new places to visit by doing this. It's a lot harder now that we have a toddler, but when she is napping in the car we still sometimes set off with no destination in mind.

BREAK OUT THE BOARD GAMES
I love a good board game night, and it's something my husband and I try to do once a week when Elise has gone to bed. We turn off the television, we put our phones to one side and we just enjoy a game of scrabble. Not only does it develop our vocabulary, but it also creates plenty of opportunity to laugh and just enjoy each other's company. We keep a tally of who wins, and then at the end of the year the person with the most wins gets a lovely treat. It's worth checking out some local cafes and restaurants too for playing board games. Some host game nights, and one of the cafes near us has board games out that you can play anytime. Perfect for a lazy afternoon!

TAKE A PEN TO PAPER
For both my husband (who is a spreadsheet geek usually) and I, sometimes planning can be just as fun as the activity you are planning for. I started keeping a bullet journal around a year ago, and really enjoy jotting down ideas for day trips in there. I find it the perfect break away from technology, and it is something that both my husband and I look at. Writing things down in a notebook is just so satisfying to me. Yes, we do keep a record on the computer too, but I love both sitting down and jotting ideas, and planning our week on paper too. We are also pretty happy making a good list. Being able to tick things off once you have completed them is just so much more satisfying then deleting them off a phone. 

CREATE SOMETHING TOGETHER
Creating doesn't have to be arts and crafts or sewing. The kind of creating we love to do together is of the music variety. We love getting together and learning a new song, or having a sing song. I must admit, I'm not as great as Steffan, but we have a good laugh together. It's also something that Elise can get involved in. She's already showing a huge interest in music, and I think it is because she sees how much fun we have creating music together. We are definitely a musical family, and I love that we can share a passion together. We also like to check out free music events that are put on in the local area. The season for this is just about to start, so I'm sure you'll be seeing some photos of this on my blog and social media. 

VOLUNTEER AT AN ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE
It's been a few years now since we adopted our greyhound Chloe, and we adopted her from a greyhound rescue centre. Since adopting Chloe, we've also fostered a few dogs who needed some help, and we've also been to walk dogs at the local greyhound centre. It is so much fun to go and help out, and the charities really appreciate it. These dogs deserve all the love in the world, and simply taking them for a walk makes their day, and can even make your day too. Some dogs are in rescue centres for a long period of time yet they still get so excited about any human contact. Trust me, this will be one of the best experiences of your life, and it doesn't cost you a penny.

So there are 5 almost free activities that you can enjoy with your partner whilst staying away from the technology.  I say almost free because taking part in these activities may lead to you spending some money whilst on your adventures...they can be as cheap or as expensive as you want them to be. Do you ever want to take time away from technology? 

SARAH HUGHES
Follow
Information from a press release by Cartridge Save. For more information on the research, please visit Web Gazette.

39 comments

  1. What a great post! Aimlessly driving and stumbling upon new places is always a fun idea, especially with your significant other!

    http://www.insearchofsheila.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love these suggestions! Board game night is something we do regularly with another couple and we have a blast! We try to go out and do something fun at least every weekend. Another great idea that we love is bike riding. While technology is great, it is just as great to have these detoxes every now and then. Great post!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Me and my other half love playing board games and things like that, we've never actually gone for a random drive though, might give it a go x

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love boardgames! And I am happy that they are becoming somewhat fashionable. I have no siblings and always wanted ti play boardgames but did not know anyone who would like to play them too. Now as an adult boardgames are becoming popular and I was able to find colleagues at work who like to play too, yay finally!

    Simple lifehack to prevent runny nose: link.

    ReplyDelete
  5. These are all great ideas! I'm going to try some out with my husband. We definitely need a digital detox! I always forget how fun board games are. We keep ours under the couch, so they never come to mind when we are looking for something fun to do at home. I think I'll break out Monopoly tonight after dinner! Thanks for the suggestions!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Driving aimlessly is a fave of mine! I do have loads of board games though, I may try that. Thanks for the suggestion!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love these options so much! I think a digital detox is such a great thing to do!

    XO
    Lee Anne
    www.lifebylee.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great suggestions :) made me smile xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love boardgames :) I think a digital detox is a good thing to do .

    ReplyDelete
  10. Find an activity outdoors. Go for walk, do some gardening. The electronics will always be there when you return.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Awesome ideas. I feel my husband I need to be more creative outside of electronics...will have to try some of these ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I really love these, such fun ideas. My fiancé and I love going on drives through the canyon and we just stop at random places, we always have the best times!

    xoxo Lex // LexMeetsWorld

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great inspiration and I definitely need a digital detox sometimes! I do love to garden but for couple activities, we really like to visit new places around Ireland and have a good walk and a nice cup of coffee and discover new places of interest.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great ideas! I love driving to 'where ever' and playing board games with my family! Visiting you today from Blogging with Heart

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love going for drives! Often we come across things we may never had discovered. We do this with my kids too! They love it!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love these ideas! We also enjoy cooking together! Driving with no particular destination sounds awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I LOVE board games :) wish we had time to play more, can't wait for the kids to be old enough to join in

    ReplyDelete
  18. Great post! My boyfriend and I literally did this over the weekend. We went for a drive and ended up by the lake and went for a long walk :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. These are all great suggestions! I feel that it is healthy to detox from digital things everyone once in awhile. It's so refreshing! I love playing board games! Also I am a huge animal lover, so volunteering at a shelter is right up my ally.

    ReplyDelete
  20. These are great suggestions. My fiance and I always used to drive around aimlessly, we should do this again sometime soon. A digital detox sounds so refreshing.

    ReplyDelete
  21. We don't have any board games! I think it's a bit strange actually

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wonderful suggestions. Love the idea of volunteering together because it creates such deep bonds. The 'drive nowhere' tip is awesome too:-)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Great post! When I unplug, I like to journal, driving and getting out the house is a good idea too.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Really great suggestions! My husband would love for us to get in the car and just drive!

    ReplyDelete
  25. The first one is what we do often - hit the road with a fun snack (usually ice cream!) with no destination!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Love the idea of getting in the car with no specific destination! I am such a control freak though, so would really need to let it all go to be able to drive off not knowing where I was going! Love board games, too, you can never go wrong with a spot of Trivial Pursuit! haha

    ReplyDelete
  27. This is so necessary and helpful! Thank you for sharing!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. These are such great ideas. It's sad that we need these tips though but it's just the way our world is with this onset of the digital age. My Hubs and I are connecting more with working out together.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Thanks for sharing!! We'all definitely take advantage of these ideas and start doing digital detox.

    ReplyDelete
  30. These are great ideas! I especially love the idea of volunteering and board games are always fun!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Love this. We haven't taken a drive together like that in years. It would be the perfect way to unwind x

    ReplyDelete
  32. Really great ideas and I admit my husband and I don't disconnect from devices enough though usually its to go on a walk at night. Thanks for the inspiration

    ReplyDelete
  33. Great suggestions. I love the board games one!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I love all these ideas! Surely going to suggest them to some people I know! Thanks for sharing.

    https://reetlonari.com/2017/04/01/summer-reading-list/

    ReplyDelete
  35. We LOVE board games at our house. Scrabble and Monopoly always go down well. And the one we bought our eldest for Christmas has been played a lot as well. I think it was called 'Think Words' or something like that! Great ideas

    Louise x

    ReplyDelete
  36. We do crafting stuff as a weekend family activity.It's great fun too.Lovely post .

    ReplyDelete
  37. We do crafting stuff as a weekend family activity.It's great fun too.Lovely post .

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love Board games but no one is ever available to play them with me haha! That sounds so sad. Oh well! Apart from that, I love to write and read. They really help me to stay away from the tech for a while.

    ReplyDelete
  39. I love the idea of volunteering at an animal shelter! My husband and I are both big animal lovers, so this would be an awesome way for us to spend some quality time together, love on some pups, and do something good! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete

If you would like to leave a comment about the subject covered in this post, please feel free! I allow links to your own blog, as long as you have left a relevant comment!