With our four year wedding anniversary this past month, we decided to go away for one night just the two of us. With travel basically being nonexistent these past (almost) two years (thanks Covid), a small getaway was very much needed. I found an off the grid tiny house on Airbnb, and thought that something in the middle of nowhere would be a perfect romantic spot.
The idea of tiny houses has always intrigued us, and we were lucky to find one that was about a three and a half hour drive outside of Milwaukee. While this particular Airbnb was a little overpriced for the quality of amenities it carried, I still think it was a great experience, and, overall, we would definitely love to do something similar in the future. We really enjoyed being off the grid for 24 hours, and I think it’s a great idea or couples and families to be able to reconnect away from electronics and the outside world. Since we enjoyed our stay so much, I wanted to share my tips on how you can plan an “off the grid” vacation or mini getaway.
Tips for going off the grid
- Find a remote spot. It doesn’t need to be crazy far away, just far enough to feel like you’re in a new/different place. Hit me up on my contact page if you need help finding something 😉
- Pick accommodations that suite you. Maybe a tiny house isn’t your speed, and you’d prefer camping or even glamping. Choose something that you’ll enjoy and that will bring you inner calm.
- Explore your surroundings! Go for a hike, look for wildlife, start a bonfire, star gaze, etc.
- Bring a book. We didn’t have much time for reading during our sort stay, but if we were to have an entire weekend, I would have loved to enjoy some light reading.
- Bring your own food and cook your meals from scratch. We really enjoyed cooking at our Airbnb. It’s something (as new parents) we don’t do often, so it was nice to be able to cook a nice meal together and connect in a different way.
- Journal. Putting pen to paper can be a great way to disconnect from everything and enjoy some time to yourself. Here are 90 journal prompts, if you need some inspiration.
- Don’t use electronics like TV or your phone. (We kept one of our phones on in case of an emergency or if our parents needed to reach us for something with Jack, but other than that we stayed off our devices.)
- Only use your phone to take photos. You can scroll and post to social media when you get home! In fact, log out of your accounts for the weekend so you’re not even tempted.
- Start disconnecting on the drive! Make it a rule that once you start your journey, you are no longer allowed to use electronics (unless you need GPS). Make the car ride run by playing a game or dreaming up future vacations together. You could even use some of the journal prompts from above as conversation topics.
- Go any time of year! Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, whenever! I personally think the warmer months would be really fun for a family trip, and the colder months are super cozy and romantic for couples, but don’t feel like you need to stick to a certain season to enjoy it.
Have you ever gone off the grid on vacation? What did you enjoy about it? Tell me in the comments below!
As always, I am here to help with any questions or travel needs you may have.