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Why Travelling With Technology Is Better Than Without It
We all know that travelling should be about seeing new things, gaining new experiences, living in a way that is new to you. Without any of these three things, travelling would be pointless.
To what extent must we go to adhere to these necessities though? Should we do the polar opposite of what we do at 'home'? Should we take every opportunity and see everything we possibly can? Should we forget who we are and try to become something new? Should we shun all modern technology and disconnect ourselves?
The recent boom in technology has, to a lot of people, become something that interferes with the unspoken rules of travelling. If you go into a hostel and stay there for two nights and play on your phone, you will be spoken to by the lord of the manor. ‘ ‘If you want to be a part of our elite travel club, you must put down your phone at once," they might say.
We live in an age where unlimited information is accessible to most people on the planet at any given moment. To enjoy travelling, or to be a 'proper traveller', you need not forget about these advancements.
Below is a list of gadgets I take with me when I'm away.
Some of my most precious travelling moments have been where I have had the time and inclination to immerse myself in the culture around me. If you don't lift your head and take a peek at the sights, or unplug to talk to others, you will undoubtedly miss out on a lot of things.
But the next time you're sat in a hostel getting irritated by someone talking about Instagram, or you're out and all they're doing is taking photos, try to think that you don't know what's best for them. They may love photography. The best kick they get all day might be when they get 100 likes on Instagram. There is no such thing as a ‘proper traveller’. Everybody has their own way of travelling and if they're happy doing it their way, then leave them to it. Who are we to say what ‘real’ travelling is?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Daniel A has been a travel enthusiast for over 10 years. His favourite countries are NZ, Malaysia and Thailand.