Travel Resolution: 24 Hours NO Technology Challenge #AlamoDriveHappy

24 Hour No Technology Challenge. Can you do it? I made a Travel Resolution for me and my family in December while working with Alamo24 Hours of NO Technology. Oh, yes. 24 FULL HOURS of NO – iPads, iPhones, Gaming Systems, TV or anything else under the umbrella of technology devices for me and my family.

24 Hours NO Technology Challenge

24 Hours No Technology Challenge

Can you do it? Can you go after it? We tried!!!

My goal?

I wanted to make an impact on my family.
I wanted to bring my family back to the basics.
I wanted to create a memorable vacation that showed them how much FUN we had being disconnected.
I wanted to truly make a point to get “out there” on vacation and keep everyone occupied without technology.

We traveled to Pittsburgh for the Easter holiday (and also it happened to be my Benjamin’s 8th birthday weekend!) to visit my in-laws.

We visit them maybe 2-3 times a year. Every time we visit, my sons bring their iPads or some sort of gaming device. And usually every time we visit, they’re connected. I have to admit, me, too! For my work, it’s imperative that I’ve connected, but I knew 24 hours wouldn’t kill me to disconnect and just have it be about FAMILY.

Here were the guidelines I set up:

From Saturday, April 4th at 7:30PM to Sunday, April 5th at 7:30PM – NO TECHNOLOGY.

But the best part… since we all knew going in that this was going to be our Travel Challenge, we had set-up ahead of time a bunch of things to do with our family throughout our WHOLE TRIP that didn’t involve technology. We really took it upon ourselves to get outside and play and laugh and be together… all without technology attached to their fingertips.

My husband documented the weekend for us through our camera, but he did OBEY the 24 hours of NO TECHNOLOGY rules, so all these photos were taken around that time frame!

Check it out… look at the cool things we did!

Dyed 12 DOZEN (yes, 124!) EASTER EGGS!

Easter Egg Hunt with Friends and Cousins in Pittsburgh! A HUGE PLAYDATE FOR HOURS!!

Went to Visit the Buffalo! BOYS LOVED THIS! We were there for HOURS!

Went to a local Park and fed the DUCKS! One of their FAVORITE things from the weekend!

Went to a local Playground EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!

Explored Pittsburgh! Which, for me, was my FAVORITE OF ALL!

Found fields to play FOOTBALL!

As you can tell, we kept BUSY!

The best part for me was seeing the kids play and laugh and just having a BLAST without technology.

And we were together while we were doing this!

My goal?

Accomplished and then some!

And for some added fun, I have me telling the boys about our family travel resolution and a little recap of it!

Alamo, thank you for this!

And we drove around Pittsburgh in style!

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We really enjoyed it and we got out of it exactly what we hoped!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored posting with Alamo. I am one of Alamo’s Chief Travel Moms for 2015. All opinions in here are 100% my own.

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 4.11.15
    Jeanette said:

    I think that unplugging is a great idea. We try to do something like this every weekend (I will say we don’t totally cut it out all weekend, but try to find things to do for at least a majority of the day) I think it is a great way to connect again with the kids!

  2. 4.11.15
    Jenn said:

    Oh wow, looks like some fun family time! Great idea!! I would love to do this with my kiddos, I don’t know how long they would last though lol.

  3. 4.11.15
    Barb W. said:

    Love your challenge and the reasons for it! Looks like you all had a terrific time! We unplugged on vacation for an entire week once and it was so relaxing to just disconnect and be in the moment fully.

  4. 4.11.15
    Patty said:

    I didn’t know Pittsburgh had bison – they are magnificent animals. It’s great your family could go with technology for a day. Like the olden days – right?

  5. 4.12.15

    SO much fun! I have not been to Pitt in a long time- now I want to go! I love your fam- so glad you were able to power down a bit and have such a great time!

  6. 4.13.15
    Heather said:

    LOL!!! I love the reaction on your boys faces when you said no technology for 24 hours! I’m not sure with a three and six year old I can pull that off on a road trip yet, but I love the idea. I think I’d rather give in to the technology than the hours of screaming and tamtrums, BUT when they are out of that phase in their lives. I think its an excellent idea. I use the technology so I can focus on the road and mommy doesn’t get into a car accident because she can’t hear her own thoughts, LOL. Its a great idea!!!

  7. 4.14.15

    We are going on vacation in May, and I’m hoping we can be technology free for at least 24 hours! We will have the beach after all!

  8. 4.15.15

    I think that it is great that you turned off technology. I think my teens would go crazy if I tried to shut them off for very long.

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