Disappearing from the Face of the Earth: My Time in the Lake District

Have you ever thought about disconnecting from the world as you know it, and unplugging yourself from the “familiar” life that you live?

Social media – people – your surroundings. All of it.

Removing yourself from the ‘known’ and plonking yourself in the “unknown” with nothing but a few bare essentials and your thoughts to keep you company.

Well, about 3 weeks ago I decided to do just that.

Life can get overwhelmingly noisy with the constant pings of social media and the relentless pace of social obligations. Recognizing my need for a break, I decided to step back from it all—deactivating my social media accounts and setting aside my usual social activities. Instead, I ventured to my retreat in the Lake District, seeking tranquility and a deeper connection with myself.

Why I Stepped Away from Social Media

The decision to take a break from social media was spur of the moment and was ‘instant’, and the benefits were immediate and profound. Without the distraction of always reaching for my phone and the unnecessary need to present a curated version of my life, I found a greater sense of freedom. Each day without social media restored a bit of calm and allowed me to appreciate the moments without reaching for my phone. This break helped me realize how much of my time and mental energy was being consumed by digital platforms. It’s refreshing to live without the urge to document every experience or check for updates constantly.

The Beauty of Nature and Solitude

The Lake District, with its serene lakes and impressive mountains, provided the perfect backdrop for self-reflection and rejuvenation. As I walked through the lush trails and set up camp under the open sky (wild camping! I highly recommend it), I felt a connection to the natural world that was both grounding and uplifting. The simple acts of hiking to the rhythm of my own footsteps and sleeping under the stars helped clear my mind. The quiet hours spent in nature were not lonely but filled with a rich sense of solitude that nurtured my inner self. Nature’s simplicity became a canvas for my thoughts, helping me to brainstorm ideas and solve problems that seemed insurmountable in the hustle of everyday life.

Learning to Enjoy My Own Company

Spending time alone in the Lake District further re-enforced the idea of appreciating my own company. At first, the quiet can seem unfamiliar, but it soon becomes a comforting presence. Being alone doesn’t mean being lonely; it means having the space to meet yourself deeply and honestly. This time alone has strengthened my confidence and taught me that my own company is not just enough—it’s enjoyable. These moments of solitude are precious, as they allow personal insights and a deeper understanding of one’s desires and fears.

Focusing on What Matters

Away from the noise, your priorities will become clearer. You’ll realize that much of your stress is related to things beyond your control, driven by the world’s demands and the complex web of social expectations. By stepping back, you can focus on your own personal goals and values. In my case, this mental space opened up new paths for creativity, allowing me to concentrate on work projects that needed my attention without the usual distractions. More importantly, it reminded me of the power of making choices that align with my own happiness and well-being.

Sharing this journey is not just about recounting my experiences but about encouraging you to find your own peace away from the digital chaos. Whether it’s turning off your phone for a day, exploring a local trail, or spending a quiet evening with your thoughts, the benefits can be profound. Disconnecting from the digital world or even social circles even for a short time can help reconnect you with what truly matters—yourself, your loved ones, and the simple beauty of the world around you.

It’s important to embrace the opportunity to slow down and savor life’s simple pleasures. After all, the most meaningful moments often come not from a screen but from our real-life experiences and the introspection they foster – and most of the time, these ‘moments’ won’t cost you as dime. As the saying goes “The best things in life are free!”. They truly are!

My Future Plans

As I look ahead, the next chapter of my journey is just as thrilling. Soon, I will be setting off for Australia, followed by a month or two in Bali. This marks the beginning of an extended period of travel that I’ve been dreaming about for a long time.

In recent months I have traveled to Bali, Thailand and India, as well as some European destinations but I’ve decided to ramp this up further and treat being ‘overseas’ as more of a home than a ‘holiday’.

These destinations promise new adventures and experiences, and I’m excited to immerse myself in different cultures and landscapes once again. My commitment to exploring more of the world is about living fully and embracing the diverse beauty our planet has to offer, and there really is a lot of beauty in the world if you know where to look.

Also, to make the most of the time I have. We aren’t immortal and tomorrow is never promised.

As I prepare for these travels, the overarching message I want to leave you with is simple: do what makes you happy. Whether it’s traveling to far-off lands, spending quiet days in nature, being home with family or anything in between, remember that you have one life to live. Make it count.

Pursue the experiences that enrich your soul and open your heart. After all, happiness is a journey, not a destination, and it’s yours to shape with each bold, brave step you take.

Find your inner peace and happiness won’t be far away.

Love and light!

Andy Black

P.s. – I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Have you ever done anything ‘spur of the moment’? Taken a break from social media or disconnected from the world around you? Feel free to leave a comment below.

4 thoughts on “Disappearing from the Face of the Earth: My Time in the Lake District

  • April 29, 2024 at 12:03 am

    Spot on Andy.
    I’m planning on a monthly mini-break for that exact purpose. Would love to be hiking, but will more likely be car camping, as off-grid as possible.
    Make contact if/when you’re in Melbourne – maybe we can catch up.
    And thanks for sharing your experience.

    • April 29, 2024 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks for the reply Kerry. That sounds great. Any vacation from normal life is good and a change of scenery can do us the world of good.

      I’m only visiting Perth with this particular trip and then onto Bali from there. When I go back to Australia in the future I’ll visit more places.

      Enjoy your mini-breaks!



  • April 29, 2024 at 11:28 am

    All great advice I think but as in my case, finance is needed to do those things away from my home which is why I am working my butt off trying to master blogging so I can visit the places I would like to visit, not everyone has the luxury to do what makes them happy unfortunately.

    • April 29, 2024 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Mike, I think you may be missing the main point of the post, and that’s simply about disconnecting from elements of your life to focus inward. Going for a hike, or visiting a lake doesn’t have to cost anything.

      Good luck with your blogging adventure!



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