Many people ask us if we have a good Wi-Fi connection at the hotel prior to their stay. We do. We are only open for 20 weeks a year and the rest of the year the hotel is utilized for people on a ski vacation to Killington. In order to service the skiers in the winter, YES, we have Wi-Fi.
However, for a wellness vacation, think about HOW CONNECTED you really want to be.
We realize that people need to check in with home, work, etc. Especially, when staying at New Life for an extended stay. (Interesting fact: Half our guests stay for more than 9 nights). We know moms want to get that quick text that the kids are OK at their own camp. We know that business people want to make sure they can be reached for an emergency. But, do you just want to keep up with others on an Instagram feed or scroll Facebook late at night?
Many studies lately have been linking our declining wellbeing with excessive digital device use.
According to economist, Thierry Malleret, Americans spent on average 87 hours a month browsing their smartphone last year. According to Deloitte’s Global Mobile Consumer Survey, more than 40 percent of consumers check their phones within five minutes of waking up. During the day, we look at our phones approximately 47 times and that number rises to 82 times for 18- to 24-year-olds. Once the day is over, over 30 percent of consumers check their devices five minutes before going to sleep and about 50 percent in the middle of the night.
Arianna Huffington has written a book on sleep, “The Sleep Revolution” and describes how important it is to unplug from our phone for a good night’s sleep. From the “blue light” the phone emits to having it next to our bed while sleeping are all issues affecting our health and wellbeing.
The necessity to disconnect in order to find some quiet time to think, talk to friends or slow down, will impose itself – we all need a bit of “digital detox”.
So, while at New Life, try to take a break from the digital world. When you get to the top of the mountain, breathe in and take a look at the surroundings (without looking at it through your smartphone). Although, you might want to snap a quick picture. The views are post-worthy…for when you do the photo upload when your vacation is over.