What happens without wifi?

Going without wifi / The Foraged Life

Peace, that’s what.

That’ll come after the first 24-72 hours of sheer panic anyway.

Going without wifi / The Foraged Life

Landing in South Africa, moving into a home without wifi and to a phone running on limited data (remember credit?), I’ve had to adjust to not being constantly ‘plugged in.’

I’m here to report though that there is life on the other side of wifi. It might be a life of more solitude, what with not being connected to every man, woman, their dog’s and their cat selfies, but it’s a rich one. And I’ve just about found my groove in it. I mean ‘just’ too. My wifi free days are still dotted with moments of fear from not knowing what’s going on in the world (/instagram) but those are quickly sedated by the alternatives.

This is what I’m relearning happens without wifi:

  • I create more

When I don’t use every idle moment scrolling through pinterest, I make the things I pinned. Since being unplugged and genuinely hands free I’ve been painting, writing and upcycling. Having the space for this sort of creativity has opened up new streams of inspiration, having a knock on effect on most other things around me

  • I talk more

I’m an introvert so I get it if this isn’t an appealing perk to you in going without wifi. I’m also prone in my introversion however to love meaningful conversations. Going without wifi has meant I sit across from those I live with, look at the lines and expressions on their faces and talk! I’ve become re-introduced to the art of storytelling and it’s a good, good thing

  • I rest more

When surfing the web till I’m blue in the face is off the cards, I have found myself chilling more. Having wifi switched off has enabled my body to switch off. I am intentional about breathing more deeply, I’m practicing yoga from my bed, and my brain has a lot less tabs open because of it

  • I see more

I’ve got a new perspective now, one that isn’t so pixelated. From my favourite spots of my bed and a tree stump outside my door, I’ve become an avid observer of what’s happening in front of me. The amount of incredible birds, insects and mammals I’ve discovered, and that I missed when my head was down and locked to the screen, is crazy. It’s a whole new world and it’s in chirping, buzzing, life-giving colour

  • I think more

Remember when you were little and ‘I’m borrrreeeed’ was your whiney mantra? Until now, I had been filling those moments with scrolling through other people’s moments; constantly ‘entertained.’ In doing so I lost the space to think and unpack my thoughts and going’s on like I used to when I was ‘bored’ and forced to look out the window and daydream. Without wifi there is the space to reconnect with myself, to imagine and to reset my brain

Take the challenge of unplugging and going without wifi a go. I’ll place good money that it won’t be a challenge for long (post 24-72 hours). Let me know how it goes!



  1. Francesca 4th November 2016

    I’m starting to think I’m a bit obsessed with social media and I’m sure that if I added up all the minutes I spend scrolling aimlessly through Instagram in a day I would be ashamed of myself. This post was very inspiring – I really want to make an effort and be more conscious about the time I spend online.

    • Rachel 7th November 2016

      I know exactly what you mean Francesca! It can feel pretty rotten if we think about it. I guess it’s a balance of being kind to ourselves, whether that’s in not beating ourselves up for the time we spend online or being kind to ourselves by disconnecting and having some peace. Good luck!

  2. Niken 6th November 2016

    This is so interesting. Even though I am not into social media platform, but I am always on my email.
    But I think it’s refreshing to be disconnected from the internet world for once in a while. The things that you listed about life without wifi sound wonderful.

    • Rachel 7th November 2016

      Glad you enjoyed the post. That’s the thing isn’t it? In this day and age you have to be disciplined in disconnecting and that is much harder than we think!

  3. Celia 16th November 2016

    YES, friend, I love this. I haven’t had internet at my home for the last 6 months (instead I use work’s as well as coffee shops), though I’m getting it soon. It felt so normal and peaceful. I love giving myself the space to get really bored, because I think that’s when interesting things start to happen. I invite friends over more, listen to podcasts, do more crafts, call friends, rather than filling time with technology. Are you still wifi-less + on cell phone credit? That sounds in some ways frustrating but in some ways dreamy. Glad to know I’m not the only one. Xxx friend.

    • Rachel 18th November 2016

      Really?! Wow. I love that. Amazing how quickly we actually adapt isn’t it? It’s such an odd tension between all the beautiful stuff that comes from no wifi vs the fact it really is rather useful for a whole bunch of things. I’m still on just phone data yeh- it cost so much! I hope you manage to maintain all those good things when the wifi comes- I’m sure you will x

  4. The Rustic Flower 31st March 2017

    Your blog is so lovely1 So glad I found it <3


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