“Have you noticed how much is being written and publicly discussed lately about the brain?” asks Sven-Olof Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions - a unique expedition travel company aimed at offering marine-focus expeditions in alliance with National Geographic aboard small ships for adventurous travelers. “I happen to believe that going on an expedition is a form of brain therapy, so I’m fascinated by it,” he continues.
Lindblad Expeditions a Once in a Lifetime Vacation
Lindblad then discusses a recent New York Times article, Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime by Matt Richtel, which the energetic professional just experienced — literally. “I took my two children to Galápagos in August,” he begins. “… and simply because I neglected to make the tech adjustment necessary, my iPhone didn’t work there. At first, I was quite concerned.” He quickly confesses that, according to others ‘concern’ looked a lot more like significant agitation. “There were a number of business communications I needed to receive and I felt I couldn’t be delinked that way. Then, as I thought about it, I reasoned that there was an internet connection aboard the ship, I could be reached and respond if necessary. And suddenly I relaxed.”
Unplugging from your digital life
What happened next was an unexpected, yet welcome, experience. “Instead of staring at my device, anticipating communications coming in, I looked at my children and communicated with them,” says Lindblad. “…and[ I joined] other wonderful people onboard who were busily being present, in magical Galápagos.” After the trip, Lindblad describes a feeling of true revitalization, a phenomenon that he says occurs whenever he spends time drinking in the “tonic of wildness.” He also noticed a rejuvenating effect on his mind. “I came back to work with a better brain — a more spacious capacity to think and an enhanced ability to focus on issues.”
Lindblad's final thought
Needless to say, the busy CEO and constant traveler highly recommends the experience. “Go on an expedition — go get what nature never fails to give. And while you’re there, perhaps consider making yourself your own science project. Try delinking yourself from your devices [and] give yourself the life- and brain-enhancing experience of exploring our glorious planet, without the mediation of technology. I promise you’ll have no regrets.”