Letting go of your smartphone during holidays can be hard. But one travel operator is offering to make it easier by confiscating your device.
If requested, Germany's ASI Reisen will take guests' smartphones away at the start of selected trips or excursions, be it crossing the Alps or hiking around Iceland.
Ambros Gasser, managing director of ASI Reisen, a specialist in adventure travel, said that so far, none of his guests had regretted the decision to hand over their smartphones.
The idea behind it is a simple one – travellers should enjoy a trip much more intensively and for the duration of the journey should free themselves of the permanent distraction of a smartphone. It is not a new idea, and is widely known as "Digital Detox."
In the meantime many hotels are starting to make a point of not offering wireless Internet. There are even so-called digital-detox camps where stressed-out travellers can spend holidays completely without a smartphone. — dpa