In light of research that shows 83 per cent of Brits think that the country needs a digital detox, Visit Isle of Man is encouraging visitors to relinquish their smart phones in return for ‘analogue’ items including a paper map, film camera and postcards.
Holidaymakers can make the exchange at phoneboxes at Knockaloe Beg Farm and Glen Helen Glamping. They can also take away guidebooks, bird and plant identification books, a selection of binoculars and magnifying glasses, a travel journal, a notepad and a pack of playing cards.
Angela Byrne, head of Visit Isle of Man, said: “We want to encourage our visitors to disconnect, switch off and step away from digital distractions in order to disassociate from work and social media and concentrate better on surroundings.
“By installing Phoneboxes in glamping locations around the island, this will help people escape from everyday life and embrace the many activities that the Island has to offer as well as spending time connecting with each other, without relying on technology for entertainment or communication.
“Although life without a phone can seem daunting at first, there’s nothing that cannot be solved the good old-fashioned way.”