It’s not the fault of those in the accommodation industry who promise their guests a chance to get away from it all.
A lot of guests out of habit tend to bring with them a little bit of what they want to leave behind for a little while. So a few resorts and hotels have taken it upon themselves to remove from their customers that remaining element, which is almost always their cell phones.
It’s called digital detox, meaning that customers are denied access to their mobile phones while booked on a few holiday premises worldwide. It’s supposed to provide guests with an opportunity to truly unwind without the distractions that electronic devices can bring. It also adds a bit more of a laid-back atmosphere in the resorts, as people hunched over their phones don’t provide the serene optics that a hospitality establishment would hope to facilitate.
In the U.S. five resorts under the Wyndham Grand umbrella offered a cell phone-free environment by providing its customers with such incentives as free munchies, choice poolside spots and an opportunity to win free repeat visits. The package reception has been so positive the chain wants to expand the idea to its other operations.
The QT hotel in Sydney has already become popular for its cell phone withdrawal program. At check-in, patrons’ devices are immediately locked in a small box for 12-hour periods. The hotel rewards those patrons with free bath products and alcoholic beverages.
In two Grand Velas Riviera resorts in Mexico, visitors trade their cell phones for free options like electronic chess games or outdoor activities like snorkelling. Others like African-based Wilderness Resorts and Egypt’s Siwa Oasis allows guests to keep their devices since they’ve avoided the temptation to provide Wi-Fi service.
Some hotels are offering digital detox experiences without so much as lifting a finger. Inns scattered in the rural Scottish Highlands have been handicapped by the rugged terrain that impedes cellular transmission and their bookings suffered accordingly. These days, however, they’re reporting brisk business from guests who truly want to get away from it all.
The illustrated encyclopedia of sleeping positions on a plane
When flying in economy, it’s no small feat to fall asleep, yet many travelers try their best anyway. We nestle into the small, unforgiving confines of our chair, despite the fact that the seat is surrounded by sneezing, coughing, talking strangers. The only thing more disruptive than those strangers may be the deafening plane noises and overhead lighting, seemingly designed to combat any attempt at slumber.
But we travelers make do, because desperate times call for desperate measures. We adapt to the conditions, get creative, and come up with ways to get some shut-eye. Whether you’re a frequent flier or rarely find yourself airborne, you can twist and turn enough to figure out a resting position that works for you— if only for a brief interlude.
There’s no best way to sleep on a plane. There’s no right way, either. There are, however, many ways. We asked travelers to share their preferred in-flight sleeping positions to find out exactly how it can be done. These contortions have been carried out by actual travelers — seriously.
America’s top 100 restaurants in 2019, according to OpenTable
OpenTable, a provider of online restaurant reservations, just released its list of the Top 100 Restaurants for 2019 (https://opentable.com/lists/top-100-2019) in the United States. The list is generated from diner reviews collected between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019. Scroll through to find out the 100 best restaurants across the country (in alphabetical order), starting with Acquerello in San Francisco.