How long do you stay offline while traveling?


Anil at foXnoMad asks, “How long do you stay offline while traveling?” Barring unavoidable impairments like poor connectivity or a cost-prohibitive international journey, would you still go online? How often? Anil got a few interesting responses, from…

“Afraid to say we’re the people who lug the laptop, tablet, phone everywhere with us. Quite sad really, I guess, as a chunk of our time in Rome was spent hunting for wireless connections…”


“I’m really saddened by all of these responses. It seems like most people can’t go more than a few hours without checking in online. I take pretty much every weekend off – so that’s two days out of every seven – and I have no problem unplugging for a week if given the opportunity.”

I hate to take the cop-out answer and say “it depends,” but…it depends. If I’m traveling for work, I’m still at work, so I’m online as often as I am while at home. If I’m away entirely for vacation or fun, I’ll look at email daily, Twitter once or twice and that’s it.

How about you? How long do you stay online while traveling?

Randolph West says on App Dot Net: “I went on a cruise last year. We were offline for a week and it was bliss. Sought out a Wi-Fi station on land on day five for an emergency, but it felt good aside from that.”