That one time we appeared in the #DoNotDisturb Durex documentary

That one time we appeared in the #DoNotDisturb Durex documentary

Durex just released a documentary called #DoNotDisturb showing how much technology impacts on our holidays.

We were 1 of the 6 couples who were flown to an exotic location in Sri Lanka.

Half kept their technology and the other half had everything confiscated, including all cameras, phones and laptops.

To our surprise, we were one of the tech free couples.

Durex documentary #DoNotDisturb tech free reactions

Sebastien loved the idea of having no technology for a week but Stefan was less impressed!

We had all our technology and gadgets taken away from us and they documented how we coped throughout the week without it.

It was an eye opener and very refreshing. We were totally cut off from the outside world, without the distraction of the camera, social media and pressure to capture it with our cameras.

It was like we were in our own bubble, finding new ways of interacting, like playing card games, singing to each other, playing silly games like “I spy” and of course, more time for intimacy.

Durex documentary #DoNotDisturb intimate moment

Sharing one of many intimate moments together without our gadgets

This is definitely a style of travelling we’d love to implement more often.

Watch us appear in the Durex documentary alongside 5 other couples including fellow travel blogging couple Drive on the Left:

Have you ever had a tech free holiday with your partner? How did you find it?

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47 Comments

  1. Claire

    I absolutely loved our time in Mongolia without the internet, not sure how well I’d have done without the camera though?!! ☺

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    • Stefan Arestis

      So true- no camera was the hardest part. But once over that it’s quite refreshing!

      Reply
  2. Le Juge

    MOUAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAH – Love Stefan’s face when the guy says “give us all of your technology… Everything with a plug!” Oohhhhhhhhhh and I heard Stefan’s voice! – I think it;s the first time…

    Anyhow I think this is a good experience and I am going to try that with Marie!

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    • Sebastien

      hahaha, he had serious withdrawal symptoms the first 24hrs but then it was fine.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Julien 🙂

      Reply
  3. FredinMotul

    This must have been somewhat difficult for you guys. In the long run, I am sure it was fine, but you guys are so good at documenting your adventures that not having a camera must have been annoying. The video was cute, but not enough of you in it for me!! Glad to see you having fun as always.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Awww thanks Fred 🙂

      Reply
  4. Victoria@ The British Berliner

    What a great idea! And you guys looked so cute in the documentary. Well done!

    Ha! Ha! No technology? Hmm! I can’t live without my phone but during the weekend, I tend not to go on social media at all lol!

    Nice one!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Victoria! I’m the same – but spend a bit more time in social media on weekends then I should 🙁

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  5. Stefan

    Nice work! I think we should all take frequent tech free breaks. Just had one with a friend staying in a remote mountain cabin in South Africa – no mobile reception or internet (and in this case no electricity either) so we spent the evening sitting by the fire reading and telling stories. It was the best part of my trip.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Stefan. Stories by the fire in a remote cabin in the mountains- that’s beautiful!

      Reply
  6. ARthur in the Garden!

    Yes. I make everyone leave their phones at the table by the door!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Ha ha ha – nice one 🙂

      Reply
  7. Katie Featherstone

    This is strangely lovely for an advert! I love to be disconnected sometimes. Unfortunately it’s difficult to run a travel blog without the internet, but there’s certainly more more important things to life!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      So true! Thanks Katie 🙂

      Reply
  8. Hugo Cura

    Nice stuff! You guys are becoming very famous.

    Staying tech-free is not easy these days. Last year I did a 2 week trip without internet and it was amazing.

    Great ad.

    Cheers!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Hugo!

      Reply
  9. Cory Lee

    OMG you guys went a week without technology??!! I can’t imagine! It looks like you both had a fantastic time though 🙂

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    • Stefan Arestis

      It was awesome! A struggle at first but strangely refreshing 🙂

      Reply
  10. Elaine J Masters

    Any way to get back to Sri Lanka would work for me. I bobbed on the Sula Sea without internet for 5 days but had lots of other tech and that was hard enough. Congratulations on the fortitude and the gig too.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Elaine

      Reply
  11. Christina

    What a relaxing vacation it must have truly been (once you got over the shock of having all your technology taken away). I am trying to implement less and less technology in our travels too. Means we have more time to spend together as a family!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      And quite right too! Leave the smart phones and ipads at the door thank you! It sure is tricky at first though 🙂

      Reply
  12. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

    Sadly, I’ve not had a totally tech-free holiday. Although, international travel is better because hubby really can’t engage with work…We’re cheapies on wifi and the time zone makes it difficult. I’d miss my camera! Definitely an inspiring ad to give it a try.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Jackie – the camera part was the hardest!

      Reply
  13. Natasha

    This is great. If we weren’t forced to give up our technology then I don’t think we would. So I’m more envious of the couples that had to give away their gadgets. I love the days when we just leave the phones in the room and enjoy a full day out without them.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      So true!

      Reply
  14. Jennifer Melroy

    I love places where I can get off the grid. I love hiking and have two hiking styles with the camera and without the camera. I tend to favor hiking up without my camera and enjoying the view. It lets me focus on the hike and then do photography later.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      So true. We loved the Annapurna trek in Nepal for this reason – no internet ?

      Reply
  15. Lotte

    How totally cool you guys are in this commercial!

    I really enjoyed watching it and think it’s a very interesting experiment. I always try minimizing time online when I am traveling with my husband but it can be challenging since I do want to send out some social media messages for my blog… Tradeoffs… It seems like you had a great time, it looks beautiful in the video.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Lotte 🙂

      Reply
  16. Christopher

    No technology. Sorry that call has been disconnected. I can appreciate the idea but I think I’m too far gone. I think the problem is that just with my iPhone alone I can do almost everything I need to do. I’m too dependent on it…it’s like asking me not to have my camera, my video camera, my wallet, my calendar, my entertainment (games, music, movies), my address book, my travel guides, my compass, my map, my boarding pass, my accommodation address, my note book oh and my phone….lol

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    • Stefan Arestis

      So true – and another you missed out, it’s also your alarm clock – we found that out the hard way!!

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  17. Vicky and Buddy

    When I went to the Galapagos, there were a few times I didn’t have my camera on me because I was worried it would get wet. At first, I was freaking out. I felt like I had to document everything. Then I finally realized that it was a better way to live in the moment and enjoy everything around me. It was an eye opener!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Right? Can’t wait to go to the Galapagos later this year ?

      Reply
  18. Zascha

    I love this SO much! And I definitely need a tech-free holiday. As much as I love my phone and my laptop I just sometimes feel that is stressing me out like crazy!
    Wonderful experiment and you guys look so good 😀

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Zascha ?

      Reply
  19. Adriana Kupresak

    Don’t ask why I attracted this commercial (along with various birth related ones, too) on one of the YouTube videos I was about to watch but I did and found it quite amusing so kept watching. I was so delighted to see you two in it!! It made my day xx

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Adriana ?

      Reply
  20. Michael

    Life without technology?!?!? The heck with that…actually that sounds awesome. I love being off in the mountains with only my cameras though and no cell phone service….and then the panic of people because they can’t get in touch with me for days.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Right? ?

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        • Stefan Arestis

          🙂

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  21. NOM NOM Boris

    What a fun thing to do! Yea I been defiantly noticing interactions with friends and mobile phone. I been trying not to use my phone when I am hanging out with friends. So only time I do is when I check-in and take pics. I do have a friend who often starts doing face time with other people or talk on the phone which very much annoys me, its like who you hanging out with? Disconnecting is great and something we should do more 🙂

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Agreed!!!!

      Reply
  22. Anne Slater-Brooks

    That’s a cool idea but I think I would die. It would create a ton of stress for all the things I would have to do when I got it back. That said, sometimes it is nice to switch off

    Reply
    • Stefan Arestis

      Agreed!

      Reply

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