My iPhone is such a big part of my life and as travel is such an important part of my world, it’s of no surprise that my mobile phone is one of my most treasured possessions when I’m travelling. It’s my torch when I’m heading back to my car late at night, my convertor when I’m overseas using another currency, my on-the-go camera and my entertainment when I’m bored.
Stating the obvious, it’s also my communication tool for keeping in touch with the world, whether that’s through Whatsapp, social media, texting, ringing or my new fave, Snapchat (I’m TaylorHeartsTvl by the way!).
Once you factor in that I’m a travel blogger the need for my phone doubles. I use it to read other blog posts, to follow hashtags on Instagram for destinations that I’m soon to visit and to stalk my favourite Tweeters. Let’s just say that my iPhone has a lot to answer for!
As I’m sure you can imagine, when I was asked to take part in The MoneySuperMarket One Week Mobile Challenge I nearly laughed. How would I of all people be able to give up my iPhone for a week? Understanding the scale of the task and the fact that my phone is my work station that helps to pay my bills, I was asked if I would be able to give up an app on my phone that I use on a daily basis.
After having a mini panic attack at the thought of it I decided it would be a good challenge to face. After all, the challenge is being used to highlight just how much we rely on our phones and how we would feel, if for example, our phone bills were so high that we couldn’t pay them and had to be without a phone.
Anyway, I foolishly decided to try to live a week without one of my fave apps, Pinterest. I’m in love with Pinterest as it’s so easy to use and every pic is just so pretty. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but just in case you haven’t, it’s like an electronic mood board to pin pictures from other pinners, the web and well, wherever you like. The pictures often contain links to the associated blog post, recipe, shop etc so it’s kinda like a visual bookmark. You can make different boards for different topics and all of mine are predominantly travel related. What else would you expect?!
My sister recently got engaged (yay!) so the amount of time that I’m glued to the app has increased tenfold as it’s perfect for wedding planning. We’ve been brainstorming ideas and collecting pics for the big day. The fact that a date hasn’t been set is irrelevant. All the prettiness.
A week without the app was as hard as I expected. I missed my morning routine of sleepily scrolling through the feed, pinning new pics and following the links to exciting blog posts. On more than one occasion I found myself heading to the app icon on my phone just in sheer autopilot mode and then I’d stop myself as my brain suddenly remembered the challenge. It’s so hard to give up something that’s so ingrained as normal and part of an everyday routine.
At the risk of sounding dramatic life obviously went on even though I didn’t have access to the app. I was really glad I had a few trips to distract me (though I really wanted to pin some of my new pics!). I did find myself Instagramming a bit more than normal so who knows how I’d fair if I actually had to give up my phone for a week, let alone indefinitely. Let’s just say that I’ll keep my paying my phone bill so that never happens!
Do you think you could take on this challenge? Do you use your phone on your travels? X
This post is in collaboration with MoneySuperMarket, but all thoughts are my own.