Can You Disconnect for a Day?

March 2,2018 | Lifestyle

Whether you want to unplug from work stress or need a break from scrolling your Newsfeed, use the National Day of Unplugging – this Friday, March 9 at sundown through Saturday, March 10 at sundown – as an opportunity for a digital detox. Not sure what to do without a device? Here are a few tips and ideas on how to unwind, get outside, and have fun and connect with loved ones, from hikes through National Parks to spectacular live shows.


Have a Cinematic Experience


Replace the little screen on your handheld device for the big, silver screen. With so many Academy Award®-winning films out in theaters this time of year, there’s no shortage of amazing flicks to catch with friends and loved ones. Through Regal Entertainment Group, AARP members can enjoy deals like $3 off popcorn and soft drink combos or up to 25% off movie tickets. Make it a full night out on the town with dinner and a movie. Visit the AARP Member Advantages website for special offers and savings on dining options.


Enjoy A One-Of-A-Kind Show


Known the world over for its high-quality, high-energy artistic entertainment, Cirque du Soleil has drawn millions to its shows over the past three decades. Unplug and take in the dazzling spectacle of a live performance through sight and sound. Each show seeks to evoke the imagination, invoke the senses and provoke the emotions, leaving you feeling more charged than any screen session on your phone. As an AARP member, you can receive up to 20% off on Cirque du Soleil shows.


Hit the Road


Expand your weekend plans over National Day of Unplugging with a mini road trip. Through AARP Member Advantages, you can receive limited time offers and savings when you book hotels, activities and car rentals so you can hit the road and explore. Through Budget Rent-a-Car, members can receive one free day on rentals for three consecutive days, including a Saturday night. 


Explore the Great Outdoors


What better way to unplug than to plug into the great outdoors? America’s national parks offer endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. From wildlife to unforgettable scenery, travelers will discover the very best of our country’s natural splendors. Let someone else do the driving while you visit a wide array of beautiful parks right here in our own backyard. Grand European Travel offers AARP members savings of an additional $100 per person on any guided vacation to America’s national parks. Or, if you’re up for a truly unforgettable last-minute getaway, AARP members can also save 15% off train tickets year-round to see the Grand Canyon by Rail. Plus, Grand Canyon Railway offers packages for members that include train travel, meals, a motorcoach tour of the South Rim, and accommodations in both Williams, Arizona and Grand Canyon National Park. Now’s a good a time to see what America has to offer!


If a trip to the Midwest is more attainable on short notice, the Ohio State Parks, operated by Xanterra, include Mohican, Punderson, Maumee Bay, Deer Creek and Salt Fork, and are a good outdoor option. Each of the five Ohio State Park Lodges complements its natural surroundings. Some properties offer historic charm with quaint Victorian and colonial-style lodges while others are more family-oriented with game rooms and modern amenities. Visitors can hike through a forested palette of rich reds, golden hues and brilliant greens or tee off on a championship golf course. Opportunities for boating, fishing, cross-country skiing, hiking and swimming are abundant. Members receive up to 15% off when booking at Ohio State Park Lodges.


For a full listing of National Parks & Activities deals available to AARP members, click here



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