When I happen to be on Twitter and I see tweets come through from people that are practically in the middle of nowhere sending updates, I kind of have mixed feelings on that.
God, I love technology, I really do. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not thankful to have been born in this generation, in this day and age. To see my family across the world, I only have to get on Skype — and it’s free! Technology amazes me every single day, yet…
… yet tweets from the middle of the Amazon, or from a yurt in Mongolia, I almost wish they didn’t happen.
To be fair, part of these mixed feelings might stem from the fact that I lose touch with technology just about anytime I step outside of Sydney. Even with the most comprehensive network coverage in Australia, I can be stuck with no signal for miles… and let’s not even get started on the Internet. It’s gotten to the point where on a short trip, I won’t even pretend that I’ll blog or tweet since it is better to be realistic than disappointed.
While my scorn for the setup down under may impact my feelings a bit, the real reason is because I feel it takes away a bit of the wonder and mystery that goes with traveling to far-flung places. Not only that, but what about the idea of living in the moment and being in touch with yourself while on the road?
Today I read through the 2011 Travel Predictions article as written by Sean Keener (CEO of BootsnAll), and I loved his predictions that more travelers would be disconnecting while on the road.
More and more travelers will look to disconnect with Twitter, Facebook and their blog while they travel – a digital cleanse of sorts, having an experience that they can be present in, versus reporting every detail through every channel.
Amen. Unless you are getting paid to tweet and Facebook and blog your every move, I think that worrying about the digital side of things should not be stressed or overdone. It allows you to sit at the cafe and look around at the environment instead of hiding in your phone. It lets you to connect with your hostel mates instead of your mates back home.
You can get away from stress, relax, let your hair down and breathe.
I love technology, but there’s a point where I’m almost thankful that I’m forced to be without it at times. Do you feel the same?