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Digital detoxes, or periods of time when using electronic devices are deliberately avoided, are becoming popular among travelers, a report says.
Black Tomato, a luxury tour company, released a report about the changing perspective of people on traveling. The travel firm partnered with London-based market research company Euromonitor International to gather data.
Findings show that these days, people are concerned not only about travel destinations but also about a trip’s lasting impact on their lives. Along with this change in viewpoint, people are starting to enjoy being in the moment and embracing the “joy of missing out” (JOMO), or feeling contented even when they are not updated through social media.
According to the report, people are now experiencing less nomophobia—the fear of not being able to access one’s phone. The majority of travelers disconnect from the Internet for most of their vacation, except when they need to do something for work. This suggests that people are aiming to switch off their devices and go on a genuine digital detox.
Tom Marchant, one of Black Tomato’s founders, believes that even though technology is useful when one travels, it is not necessary for deciding where or how people travel. He added that people are starting to appreciate personal reflection, which requires places that are calm, clean, and abounding with nature.
Black Tomato identified some key destinations around the world that are perfect for a digital detox. Topping this list is the small island of Padar in Indonesia. The list also included Kazakhstan’s Tien Shan Mountains and Spain’s Ibiza.