In today’s digital age, it’s no secret that technology plays a major role in our daily lives. With the constant influx of notifications, messages, and electronic displays, it’s no wonder that the average person spends approximately 6 hours and 58 minutes of screen time daily. Thus, National Unplug Day emerged as a way to detoxify society of technological connectedness and enjoy simpler pleasures.
Technology has undoubtedly brought many benefits and conveniences, but it can also have a negative effect on our mental and physical health. Taking a break from your smart devices will only not help you improve your overall well-being but reconnect with the world and the ones you love. So, ditch your device with these 7 ways to unplug and unlock new experiences!
1. Recharge your battery with a hike
Disconnect from technology and breathe in some fresh air by embarking on a nature hike. Whether you choose to follow a scenic nature trail or get lost in some of Amsterdam’s stunning parks, hiking is an excellent way to reconnect with the natural world, engage in physical activity and recharge your battery.
2. Let National Unplug Day be the day you finally go to a candlelit concert
There’s nothing quite like the ambience of a candlelit concert. Just imagine being surrounded by a sea of candles as classically-trained musicians play your favourite songs. No phones, no distractions, just you, the music and a warm cosy ambience–Now that’s what we like to call a full detox. Candlelight offers a wide range of concerts to suit all tastes, from tributes like Vivaldi and AC/DC to special concerts like the Warner Bros. 100th anniversary celebration with their iconic movie soundtracks, the perfect evening plan to enjoy music without the distraction of screens.
3. Visit one of Amsterdam’s stunning museums
Unplug from your devices and immerse yourself in the present with a quick escape to a museum. Shift your attention to the beauty around you and engage with art outside social media. As you stroll through enormous halls, tangibly connect with history and culture, fostering a deeper understanding of our shared human experience without devices.
Check out these awesome museums in Amsterdam:
🎨 Stedelijk Museum: A mecca of modern art masterpieces
🖼️ Rijksmuseum: See the world’s biggest Rembrandt collection
🧑🎨 Museum Willet-Holthuysen: 17th-century aristocratic canal house
4. Ditch your phone and grab a coffee at your local cafe
Amsterdam is renowned for its coffee culture, and there’s no better way to unplug than by enjoying a cup of coffee at a local cafe. Whether you like your coffee iced or steaming hot, sit back, relax and take in the atmosphere around you. And if you feel the urge to check your phone, chat with the baristas or read a book!
5. National Unplug Day isn’t complete without a boat ride around the canals
The canals of Amsterdam are a UNESCO World Heritage site and offer a unique perspective of the city. Unplug for a while and make your way through Amsterdam’s labyrinth of canals on a pedal boat! Cycle past the Anne Frank House, Skinny Bridge and more as you take in the city and the atmosphere of the canals from a whole new angle.
6. Hunt for treasures at your local market
Home to numerous markets, Amsterdam offers a unique shopping experience around every corner. Leave your phone behind and explore the local markets, taste the delicious food, and get to know the neighbours — who knows the treasures you’ll find!
7. Finish National Unplug Day like a true Amsterdammer with a bike ride
Amsterdam is known as the bicycle capital of the world, and there’s no better way than to unplug and recharge than to explore the city on two wheels. Rent a bike – if you don’t have one – and take in the sights and sounds of the city at your own pace.