Planning your next holiday? Go for a digital detox

One such holiday is a women-only mindful surf camp in Bali held by a company called Be Kind Retreats, a six-day programme where participants take part in surfing and yoga lessons.
One such holiday is a women-only mindful surf camp in Bali held by a company called Be Kind Retreats, a six-day programme where participants take part in surfing and yoga lessons.PHOTO: BE KIND RETREATS BALI
During his retreat at a Buddhist monastery, Mr Roy Tay woke up every morning at 4am for prayer sessions.
During his retreat at a Buddhist monastery, Mr Roy Tay woke up every morning at 4am for prayer sessions.PHOTO: ROY TAY

SINGAPORE - When Mr Roy Tay goes on holiday, he usually visits beach resorts in Thailand or Bali, or cities such as Bangkok. But last November, he took a vacation of a different kind, spending a week at a monastery in central Thailand's Sing Buri province where he slept on a straw mattress on the floor and woke up at 4am for prayers.

Instead of checking his phone every 10 minutes for text messages and e-mails, the entrepreneur and self-confessed workaholic limited his screen time to two 15-minute sessions per day to answer urgent e-mails and check in with his wife. As a civilian staying in the monastery, he was allowed to use his phone but chose to mirror the lifestyles of the monks there.

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