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Hell no. 23 76.67%
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Old 09-07-2007, 07:36 AM   #1
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Visit the Caribbeans... without your gadgets?

Crazy story, but it's real. A luxury resort in the Caribbean decided to ban any mobiles, laptops and PDA's from its beaches. I am not sure if that also includes the Sony Reader or any other e-book device... but still, would you visit this dreamy land of technophobia?

Before you decide, make sure you have a look how gorgeous it looks there:


http://www.eliteislandresorts.com/
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Old 09-07-2007, 08:02 AM   #2
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Not taking onto the beach is different from not taking it at all.
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Old 09-07-2007, 08:03 AM   #3
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I don't take a chance on carrying a PDA or cell phone or whatever to the beach anyway. Well, I guess I would like to be able to carry a cheap MP3 player with earbuds, so I don't like the idea of an electronics ban. The real problem seems to me to be noise. Ban loud noise and radios and phone ringing, and I might even look for that resort. I know people like to party and lay in the pool with loud music blasting, but personally I enjoy quiet nature.
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Old 09-07-2007, 08:33 AM   #4
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Travelling without gadgets is an unimaginable horror. For a while last year they banned pretty much all hand luggage on flights between the US and UK, when there was all that fuss about liquid explosives. That was horrendous, having to face an 8h flight "gadget-less" .
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Old 09-07-2007, 08:53 AM   #5
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Travelling without gadgets is an unimaginable horror. For a while last year they banned pretty much all hand luggage on flights between the US and UK, when there was all that fuss about liquid explosives. That was horrendous, having to face an 8h flight "gadget-less" .
I had just that experience in January. Coming back from my first trip overseas, I was stuck in a middle seat for 9 hours. With only a nonfunctional PDA. While they played The da Vinci Code on the front wall of the cabin. *shudder* I still have nightmares.
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:24 AM   #6
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That ban on gadgets couldn't have come out of the blue -- there must have been some obnoxious The-World-Is-My-Phonebooth/Concert Hall types that annoyed the piss out of the other guests. Or perhaps a rash of thefts of said gadgets while the owners swam or waked along the beach, for which the resort did not want to be liable.

Of course, to make the beach really idyllic, they would also have to ban jet skis and power boats...
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:51 AM   #7
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It would be extremely tough weening myself from the technology I love, for a few days. Sure, we're on vacation but I still need my Internet, and general unwinding time via reading, games, and music. As for taking it physically to the beach... nope, wouldn't take the risk of ruining it due to some freak occurrence; i.e., rain, sand, stepped on, stolen, etc. I might take an MP3 player to relax listening to music, but then there's the sound of the ocean and screaming kids... Ok, better bring the MP3 player!
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:56 AM   #8
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At first I was thinking no technology sounded great, but actually there's no way I could relax without my phone. Not that I want to be talking on my phone or that I get that many calls, but having my phone with me gives me peace of mind. Like, someone *could* reach me if something went wrong, and since they haven't, everything must be ok. Maybe I'm just paranoid!
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Old 09-07-2007, 11:31 AM   #9
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I'm the only IT person at a company of about 90 employees. I couldn't go without my phone or laptop. Even if I wanted to...
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Old 09-07-2007, 06:56 PM   #10
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Never. It is getting to the point where it is unsafe to not carry your phone. The public phones of by-gone days have almost all gone away and when was the last time you saw an emergency call box on a highway?

As for a vacation, ok, I can leave the stuff in a room safe for a few hours; but, not for a few days.
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:10 PM   #11
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Voted no, mainly because if one resort is closed to gadgets, another will be open.

Of course, if someone gave me the vacation for free I'd go for it and just read some *shudder* paper books on the beach. I've got to admit it's about the only gadget I wouldn't want to do without. (Then again, if it was just no gadgets on the beach... who wants sand in their reader buttons??? )
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Old 09-07-2007, 11:40 PM   #12
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I went to Mazatlan last week. I brought my reader and spent hours laying in the pool, AND Ocean, with my reader in a aquapac bag reading up a storm! I loved it!

I wouldn't go to a resort that banned electronic devices.
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:08 PM   #13
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All-inclusive bans are just dumb. Noise? My PDA doesn't make any... besides, it's a beach, not a library. Glare? Take a look at a pair of sunglasses. Theft? I back up, and insure. Ugly? Did you just see that fat guy in the Speedos? There's just no good reason for an all-inclusive ban.
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:15 PM   #14
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I can think of one ... Techno-Geeks' spouses who want to escape the gadget siege.
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And, like kilohertz above mentioned, maybe it's also a concern with thefts - if a whole bunch of thefts were reported I could see their insurance premiums going up.
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