It’s the age of the Smart Phone.
Like all thing, I came a little late to the party when it comes to smart phones. It was only really a year ago that I got a phone that could reliably handle a data connection. But despite almost 8 years of travel under my belt (and only 1 of those with a smart phone) I have to say I am hooked. I just don’t know how I ever managed in the past.
Remember the days of travel before a smart phone?
Remember paper maps? And having to ask people for directions?
Remember having to book your accommodation in advance or risk wandering around?
Remember guide books?
Remember getting lost?
None of these things happen now with a smart phone. And although sometimes getting lost and wandering around added magic to my travel experience…. most of the time it was frustrating and upsetting. I can’t even recount how many times I would get lost with all my heavy luggage while trying to make my way from a bus or train station to my hostel in a brand new city. It was the worst.
I am hooked to traveling with my smart phone.
I love having relatively accurate maps that know my current position right at my fingertips. (with the exception of my experience in Albania.)
I love being able to book accommodation with the help of an app.
I love having access to the internet at all times.
I love being able to look up information about the places I am in without carrying around a heavy guidebook.
I love being connected to social media all the time.
I love having the handy phone camera available when I don’t want to dig out my DSLR.
Some people like to get off the grid when they travel, and they leave the smart phone at home – but that is not for me. I LOVE the ease and convenience that come with having all the knowledge of the internet and social media at my fingertips.
So now it’s your turn…. do you travel with a smart phone, or without?
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