Unplugged: How to spend time away from your screen, in Vancouver and beyond

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Let’s be real here. No matter where you go, you have a screen with you. Computer, phone or tablet, there’s always one within reach. Here are some tips and events happening this fall to keep your eyes away from the screen this fall and focus some time (at least a few minutes) on being unplugged… but be sure to plug back in to tweet about it.

Unplugged: How to Spend Time Away From Your Screen

By Vancouver Is Awesome

Let's be real here. No matter where you go, you have a screen with you. Computer, phone or tablet, we always have one. Here are some tips & events to keep your eyes away from the screen this fall.

  • Tip: Get Outside

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    It seems simple, but designate some time each week to exploring, or just being, in nature. Read a book in the park, walk to the grocery store or plan a hike. Leave your phone behind and enjoy.

  • Event: Eastside Culture Crawl

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Vancouver's largest art crawl involves over 20,000 people visiting artists in their open studios across East Van. Get out and see the Vancouver's art culture from a new perspective. 

  • Tip: Use RescueTime

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    RescueTime is an app that gives you detailed information on how you spend your time on your computer. Once you know how well (or not) you're spending your time, make goals for improvement.

  • Event: Grey Cup Festival

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    The 102nd Grey Cup Festival will be the biggest Vancouver has ever seen, kicking off on Nov. 26th. This is a must-attend event for any sports fan and there are great cultural events too.

  • Tip: Schedule Computer Breaks

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Sometimes, the easiest way from to get away from the screen is to set a time for it. Plan ahead, figure out something you can do without a screen for 10 minute intervals throughout your day.

  • Event: TEDx Talks Around Vancouver

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    TEDxVancouver, TEDxRenfrewCollingwood & TEDxSFU are all happening this fall. Check out one of the events to hear local speakers and their takes on ideas worth spreading.

  • Tip: Make Concrete Plans with Friends

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Whether that's going to an event on this list, or just finding time to get together, it's best when the plans are clear & set in stone. Find an activity that forces you to keep your phone away.

  • Event: After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    On October 29th, the Vancouver Aquarium is hosting an adults-only event with some unique programming. See their galleries and experience the wet-labs with a glass of wine or beer in hand.

  • Tip: Use a Real Alarm Clock

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Remember those? Using a real alarm clock will help you resist the urge to check your phone first thing in the morning. Better yet, charge your phone in a different room.

  • Event: Oktoberfest

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    The original Oktoberfest celebration in Vancouver is returning to the German House (Vancouver Alpen Club) each weekend from October 3rd to October 18th, with doors opening at 7:30pm.

  • Tip: Play the Phone Stack Game at Dinner

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    This sounds like the opposite of getting away from a screen, but the game actually involves everyone stacking their phones on the the table, ringer on. Touch your phone during dinner & foot the bill!

  • Event: East Side Flea

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Home of the offbeat market, East Side Flea hosts all types of events throughout the year. From vintage markets to swap meets, take some time to strike up a conversation with a vendor or friend.

 

 

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