National Park Service concessioner Forever Resorts is helping guests unplug and enjoy the scenery—rather than Instagram it—by offering a #digitalvacation to anyone booking a houseboat trip at Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina or Callville Bay Resort and Marina in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Designed for work-weary travelers seeking to break their digital habits—if only for a few days—#digitalvacations will be be available throughout 2014.
“A recent study by HarrisInteractive showed a staggering 61 percent of Americans plan to work during vacation this year,” said Darla Cook, vice president of public relations and events, Forever Resorts. “That’s up from 52 percent found in a similar survey last year and 46 percent in 2011. We’re hoping to help reverse this trend and give people the motivation they need to turn off their devices and spend time appreciating nature and each other’s company. Houseboats are an ideal place to do both.”
Forever Resorts houseboats provide a perfect base for family vacations, multi-generational gatherings, reunions and getaways for groups of friends traveling together. Each Forever Resorts houseboat comes equipped with open and spacious living areas featuring, fully equipped kitchens, dining tables and chairs, breakfast counters, wet bars, top-deck sun canopies, private staterooms, swimming platforms, waterslides, outdoor barbecue grills and sleep 8—12 passengers. In addition, top-deck hot tubs are offered on the largest Forever Resorts houseboat models. Also available for rental from Forever Resorts, ski boats, wakeboards, fishing boats and personal watercraft enable houseboaters to take full advantage of the recreational opportunities these lakes offer.Operational training and a personal orientation by skilled marina staff teaches renters how to pilot, dock and beach a houseboat, as well as the boating safety rules of the lake.
HOW TO PREPARE TO UNPLUG
When guests book a houseboat trip either online or via phone, they will be asked if they would like to make this reservation a digital vacation at no extra charge. If they do, approximately 10 days before their check-in date (or shortly thereafter for smaller booking windows), Forever Resorts will email a list of suggested ways to begin the disconnect which will include:
- Personally reach out to daily professional and personal contacts to let them know the disconnect is coming.
- Designate one person to be the “in case of emergency” contact and only that one person should be the one to call.
- Shut down email by posting the out-of-office message at least one week before departing. In the message, gently let users know you truly will be out of the office until the return date.
- Log off from social media. Post profile photos declaring a “digital detox” to let friends and followers a disconnection is happening without deleting or disabling the account altogether.
- If the phone remains in possession, disable all incoming alerts, emails and texts by logging off from social media sites and re-setting apps accordingly.
”Once guests check in to their Forever Resorts houseboating destination, staff will engage the group in the “unplugging ceremony.” Guests will gather around a special lock box where everyone will be asked to turn off all devices at the same time, which becomes a fun audible way to get off the grid and say goodbye. One member of the group will be designated the “key master.” The box will remain in the guests’ possession throughout the duration of the trip and the idea is for all temptation to be removed. Finally, guests will also receive a special gift bag from Forever Resorts, complete with tastefully bound journals and pens—perfect for jotting down their thoughts the old-fashioned way.
To book a Forever Resorts #digitalvacation, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or call (800) 255-5561.