Travel Company Bans Use of Cellphones, Even for Photos
Would you take a trip if you could not use your cellphone during it? Not even as a camera?
A new travel company is asking customers to do just that. The company is called Off the Grid. Zach Beattie is its founder.
"When you're somewhere new, there's a lot to soak up, a lot to see, a lot of cool, interesting people to meet," Beattie said. "Your phone can distract you."
Beattie says Off the Grid trips are meant to be "fully unplugged and very social."
The company's first trip is to Lisbon, Portugal, in July. It is also planning trips to the Croatian coast; Barcelona, Spain; Lima, Peru; and Tulum, Mexico.
The seven to 10 day tours are for small groups, no more than 16 people. Trip prices begin at $1,500. The cost includes stays in hostels, some meals and ground transportation. It does not include airfare.
Trip schedules include at least three activities and two social events. Off the Grid favors special experiences over more traditional sightseeing. The Lisbon trip, for example, includes surfing lessons, exercise by the sea, a day of boating and dinner with a local family.
Beattie says he does not want the travelers to be too busy going from one place to another. He says the goal is mindful travel instead of, in his words, "cramming every single site into your trip."
The cellphone ban will not be forced upon the travelers. "We want it to be volunteer," Beattie said. "We're not collecting phones..."
Travelers will be able to use a simple cell phone that does not connect to internet. It will be loaded with useful local phone numbers.
Off the Grid travelers are permitted to bring usual cameras to take photographs. But the company also employs a photographer to take lots of pictures during the tour.
Once the trip is over, travelers can post the images on social media.
"I think it's interesting and challenging to say, ‘Can I enjoy this moment without a camera? Can I soak up this memory and have it be part of me without instantly sharing with someone else in order for the moment to be real?'"
So far, people who have registered for Off the Grid tours include young people just out of high school as well as people in their 60s. Most of them, though, are professionals between the ages of 24 to 35, Beattie says.
Beattie started the business using money he saved from a technology job at a mapping company. He employs guides to lead each trip. But he will help lead the first few tours himself.
Kensey Neely is 30 years old and from St. Joseph, Missouri. She is set to go on the Lisbon trip. She says she had been "trying to find a way to step out of my comfort zone."
Neely says giving up her phone may be hard, but she says "I'm hoping once I do it during the trip, I won't be as tied to it when I get back."
She plans to take a camera with her to Portugal. But she hopes she does not use it very often. "I want to enjoy the experience and not take pictures of every little thing," Neely said.
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1.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
2.get back 返回
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3.giving up 放弃
They brainwash people into giving up all their money.
4.So far 目前
So far we haven't been able to find anything, but we're still researching.
5.The cellphone ban will not be forced upon the travelers.
forced upon 强加于
These gifts were forced upon him.
A capitulation agreement was forced upon the enemy.
6.She says she had been "trying to find a way to step out of my comfort zone."
step out of 走出
You can slowly and carefully step out of the elevator.
This is no doubt the first step out of confusion and fatuity.
一家新的旅游公司正在要求顾客这样做。这家公司名为“Off the Grid”，创始人为扎克·比蒂（Zach Beattie） 。
比蒂说，“Off the Grid”旅行意味着“完全不插电，社交性很强”。
旅游行程包含至少三项活动和两项社交活动。“Off the Grid”致力于提供特殊体验而不是传统观光 。例如，里斯本之旅包含冲浪课程，海边锻炼，一日划船以及与当地家庭共进晚餐 。
“Off the Grid”游客可携带普通的相机拍照。但是，公司也会雇佣专业摄影师在旅途中为大家拍摄大量照片 。
比蒂说：截至目前，报名“Off the Grid”旅程的人不仅有刚毕业的年轻人，还有花甲之年的老年人，不过大多数报名游客为年龄在24岁到35岁之间的职业人士。
比蒂利用之前在一家地图绘制公司从事技术工作存下的钱创业。他雇佣导游带队每次旅行 。不过，他会亲自协助导游引导头几趟旅程 。
30岁的肯西·尼莉（Kensey Neely）来自于密苏里州的圣约瑟夫。她将参加里斯本之旅 。她说，“曾尝试寻找走出自我舒适区的方法” 。
她打算带一部相机前往葡萄牙。但是她希望不会经常用到 。尼莉说：“我希望享受这次旅行而不是把一点一滴都记录下来 。”