Technology on the road: how much do you actually need? Guest writer and backpacker, Andy Grebe, lists his top five pros and cons. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know!
Grebe is also the author of Words of Advice from a Fellow Backpacker.
By Andy Grebe
Boring! – Why travel away from home and feel comfortable? Enjoy the journey. Get a map and figure it out.
Safety- You already look out of place. Even if you think you blend in most likely you don’t. Do you want to take the chance of walking around with valuable objects?
Damage- If you’re backpacking you have very little room and your bags will be thrown around.
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Limits – Walking around lost can be extremely rewarding. You see a lot more of the city you’re in because you aren’t just following the main routes. You are forced to communicate with locals and not depend on what Google says.
Freedom – If you’re traveling you are probably trying to get away from the normal grind of back home. You’re friends will still be there when you get back. You can put your pictures up then. You don’t have time to show off while traveling!
Easy communication- With a tablet or ipad you can call whoever you need to communicate with. You can eliminate a lot of the frustration that comes with language barriers or call home in a moments notice.
Directions- GPS is built into every new phone and tablet. This is fantastic when you can’t understand road signs and you can’t figure out what way is up.
Check in- You can check train schedules and other accommodation details that make travel just that much easier.
Last minute travel planning- With technology at your fingertips you can enjoy up-to-date travel reviews, read up on possible travel delays, and review potential hostels or hotels.
Save money- Technology can help ensure that your are getting the “best” deal out there.