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Day 15: Webcams – Good for Fun, Better for Travel

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Day 15: Fun with Webcams

Day 15: Fun with Webcams

With last night’s festivities, and my old age, my Saturday has been pretty low-key. Besides going out for coffee and watching countless episodes of Mad Men, there has only been a bit of playing around with my new WordPress theme and taking my daily shot with the webcam… hence today’s topic!

I can’t even begin to put into words how awesome technology is, especially the webcam. I mean, having conversations in video form with someone from the other side of the planet? It’s just too cool, and it makes for an awesome way to stay in touch with friends and family wherever they might be.

I tend to give my webcam a good workout. It was just used to take the video of myself chopping off my hair, and I use it to speak with my mom when my computer allows (it’s stubborn sometimes).

When I was in Ukraine, I used a webcam plus Skype to chat with Patrick who was all the way in Australia.

Wait, Brooke, but didn’t you just blog about how technology kills the travel experience?

Yes, I did, but I think that webcams give you a great opportunity to stay in touch in moderation. My previous post was more dealing with the social networking aspect and always needing to be connected. It’s definitely not the same, unless you are addicted to video chat and then spend all your time in an Internet cafe or in the hostel instead of out and about.

How have webcams enhanced your travel experience?

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3 Responses to Day 15: Webcams – Good for Fun, Better for Travel

  1. Chris January 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    I used a webcam on my first Christmas abroad so that I could see my family unwrap Christmas presents and the like. Unfortunately my PC died on Christmas Eve, so the only real use it saw was a few test runs prior to Christmas.

    I’m thinking I’d like to do the occasional video blog soon though, so that’s an option.

    • Brooke January 17, 2011 at 10:42 am #

      My roommate in Ukraine used to turn on Skype and have like full-family activities regularly. It was amazing, and it was then that I made my family get a webcam at home 🙂

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