Holidays: Are we able to switch off?

Breaking away from work and friends has never been more challenging.  As we spend most of the year glued to a phone or computer screen our biggest challenge on holiday is switching off!

Years ago people would holiday for a fortnight without contact, apart from the odd postcard maybe. Technology has changed all of that and turned us into Facebook, Twitter and Instagram addicts. 

An example of this is the child dipping his toe in the water, doing what kids have done for centuries, and bang, suddenly his photo is filling Facebook timelines, tagged and blogged about for all to see!  We are obsessed with sharing our lives rather than living them. 

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When it comes to our jobs, we want to keep in contact with the office through fear of missing out or being overlooked. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), the UK’s deposit protection scheme, found that 31% of British holidaymakers still make contact with work by email, text or phone – instead of enjoying their holiday. What is more, 11% will make contact with work once a day or more on holiday, which can get in the way of relaxing.  

So we are mostly looking over our shoulder, rather than just being present and enjoying the moment.  Emails that land on our sun kissed laps get our immediate attention and work calls become priority to all other activity.  Relationship and work/life balance coach Jo Barnett's top tip for unwinding is: "give yourself an hour a day to check emails and calls, that way you won’t feel deprived or a slave to your phone!"

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FSCS protects savings of up to £85,000 per person in UK authorised banks, building societies and credit unions. If you’re saving for the perfect summer holiday, you can check your savings are safe by  visiting