You know I enjoy taking a pleasant digital vacation every once in a while. I find that going offline is rejuvenating and relaxing. Nothing compares to feeling and savoring the textures of life, nature and all that we come in contact with.  This time, my digital vacation included doing simple things like:

  • Walking on my terrace – yay! I figured out a way to wear footwear on my right foot.  I place a little wad of tissue paper on the front half of my foot where the footwear covers it to prevent it from grazing over the scabby skin.  I can’t wait to wear shoes and get back to walking at Sankey Tank Lake!
  • I hobbled to and around our local supermarkets where they treated me like a long lost friend. I loved it
  • I went to my son’s school on the pretext of dropping him off – his exams began yesterday.  I enjoyed reminiscing about old times with other parents who can obviously come to meet each other. Happy times.
  • We went out for a leisurely lunch at the campus restaurant after the exam and had a lovely meal
  • We walked back half the way home simply enjoying nature – ever noticed that when you really notice – every thing looks special? To me it does
  • Returned home and settled down to read and doze for a couple of hours and had some nice day dreams
  • Made coffee and relished it along with some amazing wheat  biscuits I got from our local store
  • Finished off the day with an empty kitchen sink
  • Went to bed at 11 pm – I usually plan to -but end up shutting down closer to 1 am

It is a good life. And here are the pictures from my digital vacation with zero air travel

I saw this pretty little patch of flowers in the front yard of an abandoned house

digital vacation walk

No looking for the cheapest flights to head down this peaceful path -it  beckoned. I set forth to see where it led.

Digital vacation walk 2

Didn’t need tickets to enjoy the sudden sight of this tree laden with beautiful jack fruit. Hey! Hi Vidur! See his face in the right bottom corner? Just noticed it 🙂

Digital Vacation Jackfruit 3

Here is a closer look…

Digital vacation jackfruit

…..and an even closer look!

digital vacation fruit

Clearly I was obsessed with the fruit!

On the other side, we saw this – yards and yards of dry leaves that crunched beneath our feet. Can you see the sole surviving green twig in it? What a miracle nature is!

Leaves

As we continued walking, we looked up to see this glorious riot of mauve flowers against the backdrop of the blue sky with fluffy white clouds taking a stroll. Were they also on a digital vacation?

Mauve flowers

Further down the road, I looked up to see the sun twinkling at me, highlighting the lovely yellow flowers

sky gazing digital vacation

These yellow flowers hold such memories for me!

Yellow flowers

Life is good. Everything matters.

A digital vacation is a great idea – I like it at least once a week. It rests the eyes. It keeps headaches at bay. It makes you happy to get back to work! And it lets you get a good night’s sleep!

Now, let’s go to Unknown Mami’s blog. She hosts this sweet meme every Sunday. Free travel included – directly from your keyboard.

Unknown Mami

How often do you take a digital vacation? What do you do?

Love, Vidya

42 Comments

  1. Cathy Taughinbaugh Reply

    Hi Vidya,

    Glad that you are able to get around! Great pictures! Digital vacations are a necessity. They help keep me balanced as well. My body tells me when it’s time for a break. Keep walking!

    • My dearest Teacher! Each time you mention heading to your cabin, I get such wonderful imagery in my head. And I enjoy those scenes! Thank you for being in my life!

    • 😀 Hugs Keetha! Did you know that visiting your blog is a delightful digital vacation for me and one that I save up as a treat for myself?

  2. Wow Vidya, great idea. I had never thought of that before. I love going out for a walk, but never thought of taking the camera with me or phone.

    Great pictures and that you for the idea and the wonderful pictures of your world.
    Debbie
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    • Debbie, the joy of catching scenes at random is priceless! 🙂 I am so glad phones have decent cameras these days! Hugs!

  3. You are a woman after my own heart. Such a beautiful digital vacation. I, too, love to wander and snap photos, move away from the keyboard and notice the “little things” which, in reality, are some of the most important things.

    I’ve been a little removed from the online world this past little while with more than mini-digital-vacations, so I’ve been remiss in keeping up and catching up with you. But you’re never far from mind. And perhaps not far from IRL when your trip to Canada comes…yay! Cheers! Kaarina
    Kaarina Dillabough recently posted…How to Stand Up and Stand Out: Getting Attention for your Book through Media

    • 🙂 I’ve enjoyed your photos in your facebook timeline, Kaarina! I too believe that the little physical things around us bring more joy than the stuff we might stare at on the digital screen. The secret is being about to touch, feel and savor.

      I am so looking forward to meeting you! Hugs!

    • Yes! Shannon! 🙂 I am partial to the mini-vacations. Keeps me mind alert and conscious.
      I just popped over to your blog – the background is beautiful! I look forward to interacting with you more!

      Love, Vidya

    • Thank you Fran! In fact, on this particular walk, I thought of you a lot. 🙂 And wished we were walking together, enjoying the colors and textures. We were – in spirit.

      Love and hugs!

    • Yes, Betsy! The best part is, it takes virtually no planning and involves zero guilt 😀 Hugs and thanks!

  4. Tess The Bold Life Reply

    Vidya,

    I hobbled to and around our local supermarkets where they treated me like a long lost friend. I loved it.

    Who wouldn’t welcome you? Who wouldn’t miss you? You’re one of the most loving people that I know online. xo
    Tess The Bold Life recently posted…Do You Know Why We’re Afraid?

  5. lovely post. Yes, I do take digital vacations to read books. It is such a lovely feeling to discover a new book with a whole array of interesting characters and fresh ideas.

    • Hi Koyel! Welcome! Reading is one of my favorite mini-vacations! Yes, it is a lovely feeling to get absorbed within the story! 🙂

      • Hi Vidya, what are the types of book you read? do you have any favorite author list? well, we can have a post on this. I am intrigued to know what you love to read.

        • That’s a fab idea, Koyel! I worship the written word, I realize and of course I am partial to certain genres. I love humor (P.G.Wodehouse) Law/medical/crime fiction and psychological thrillers. But that said, I read just about anything. 🙂 How about you?
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        • I am a great fan of Agatha Christie and have read almost all her books. Jeffrey Archer is another fav author of mine. Amongst Indian authors I like Sudha Murty. She is an exceptional personality and a sensitive writer. I read a lot of Bengali books too. 🙂

    • Hugs Terri! I just lazed off and once we decided to go out for lunch, the rest was quite elementary. 😀 That campus always freaks me out!

    • Welcome, Cornel! Thank you! The beauty of the spiky jackfruit is what it hides inside – absolutely luscious fleshy honey-sweet fruit – often eaten with honey!:D Soon we’ll be seeing them all over the place.

    • Welcome, Michelle! 🙂 Thanks for your lovely words – I can safely say I reciprocate 😀 I had a delightful time over at your blog yesterday! I am excited about the A to Z Challenge in April!

  6. A digital vacation…I have days off and every now and then longer vacations – it feels good to be free! 🙂
    I’m not that hooked on social media anymore. I need and want to have time to do things in real life.
    Your findings in nature are great – beautiful, inspiring, with fresh air and nice memories.
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  7. Oh my, a digital vacation…what a great idea! I’m going to try this one out one day this week I think 🙂

    Lovely photos! Loved the flowers in front of the abandoned house.

    ~ K
    Kally recently posted…Organising your home – Benefits

    • I’d love to know what you did, Kally! I am so happy you’re here!

      Those flowers – you know we were just walking around when we came upon the house – the first thing we saw was a dusty car, some metal trash and then, suddenly I spotted this brilliant patch of flowers. Somehow it seemed very symbolic – I was in that mood! 🙂
      Vidya Sury recently posted…The A to Z Challenge 2013 With @AprilA2Z

  8. HI Vidya! To be honest I kind of failed..I only managed to stay out of the digital world for 5 hours, then I was sucked back in.

    I’m going to try again though and next time, I’m going to go for a long walk and take some photos and plan some interesting NON digital things for myself to do, so I don’t get sucked back in so easily!

    It’s scary how tempting it is just to check everything ;D

    ~ K
    Kally recently posted…Organising your home – Benefits

    • 5 hours is a great start, Kally! Just repeat it a couple of times and it slowly stretches! One thing that helped me was to shut down my computer – email is my pain point. 😀 Luckily, I don’t go online via my phone so that’s safe! Being close to a computer IS tempting 😀

      Getting outside is the trick. Plus, great fodder for posts! 😀

      Hugs!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…The A to Z Challenge 2013 With @AprilA2Z

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