We live in an era that is all about technology. We rely on it to get through the day. Without technology, nothing seems possible. The way our world revolves around technology, I can only predict that it will become more and more advance. Just think about it. Will we ever leave our house without our cell phone? Can we survive without internet? Technology is more than just about our cell phones, it is now our life.
When we travel, we feel the need to upload photos and update statuses of our adventures on every social media platform that we are a part of. This includes photos on Instagram, tweets on Twitter, statuses on Facebook and videos on Vine. The amount of things we need to share on social media just seems to never end.
But it’s not only about sharing our travels, it is also because we can check when the next bus will come, where the nearest ATM is, how to get to the base of Diamond Head, meet and connect with other travelers.
For some people, traveling with electronics make them feel safe. Have you thought about traveling without electronics?
I’ll start with the pros of traveling without electronics.
1. STRESS FREE
Story of my life. I feel like the most stressful part of my travel always come from making sure that all my electronic devices have enough battery. When I travel to a country that has a different outlet port, I have to make sure that I have the correct adapter too. Before I travel, I also need to clear space on my portable hard drive and my laptop. A lot goes into making sure that all my electronic devices are good to go.
Most of the time, I was so focused on making sure that I got the perfect shot. I have the habit of taking a lot of pictures, so that when I go back to my hotel, I can choose the best ones. Oftentimes, I forget to stop, put my camera down, and just sit still and enjoy the view.
2. GETTING LOST
I absolutely love getting lost. I love being the leader, but I always get lost. What I can guarantee is that if you follow me, you will be able to see great things. Think about it. We travel to a different country to see and experience it. The best way to do it is by getting lost.
3. MORE INTERACTION
As humans, we were meant to form relationships with other people. When we travel without electronics, it forces us to talk to strangers and locals to find more information. It may be difficult to start a conversation with a stranger first, but it will not get any harder after the first step.
There are also advantages of traveling with electronics.
1. ABILITY TO REFOCUS
Sometimes we may be homesick. When we have a laptop or a tablet, it makes it easier to see family and friends back home through Skype or Facetime. This will allow us to refocus and help prevent a mental breakdown.
2. MEMORIES ARE MADE AND KEPT FOREVER
When we bring a camera with us to take pictures, we create memories. We can show it to our family and friends and share stories from our travels. When we look back at it a few years later, it will bring up a lot of good and bad memories.
3. CHANCES OF GETTING LOST, IS SMALL
Sure, it is nice to get lost every once in a while. But, some people fear of getting lost in a foreign country. When we have an electronic device with us, we can easily get back on track. You will be thankful to have a device with you when you are stuck in the middle of nowhere in the dark.
What we know from this comparison is that using technology is normal and a huge part of our life. We can use it to our advantage when we hit the road. There is no harm in carrying electronic devices as long as we allow ourselves to enjoy and live in the moment and not have to worry about sharing pictures on Instagram. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether you are traveling with or without electronics because it is your decision.
Fionn is an adventure seeker that is attracted to danger. She is always on a mission to wander around the globe curiously. Whether it will be hiking to the bottom of Grand Canyon, swimming with whale sharks, or finishing the World’s Toughest Mudder, she will always be there with her camera(s) in her hands, a smile on her face and butterflies in her stomach. Oh, and did she forget to mention that she is also a foreign Piña Colada drinker?