The impact of technology in our lives has been so immense that we would probably have a hard time dealing with our day to day life if we don’t have the technology we are currently enjoying. Like for example, have you ever imagined how traveling would be if we don’t have the numerous travel apps that we enjoy using right now? There’s an app for almost anything. From maps to itinerary organizers, app developers have already thought of such things. Here are some thoughts on what the pros and cons of traveling without technology in modern society are.
First of all, you’ll surely spend a longer time in finding your destination if you are not familiar with the place. While apps let you just type in your destination and they’ll figure out the way for you, traditional maps may be harder to use since you still have to manually search where you want to go. Also, the way to reach where you want to go would not be carved out for you and you have to personally think where you would drive. Another downside to this is you might get stuck in traffic especially if you have no idea of the place.
Another con would be the probability of hit or miss chances in booking good hotels. Come to think of it, when there were no apps like Tripadvisor in the past, people only relied on word of mouth and perhaps suggestions from their friends. With technology now, we can set our expectations of where we are going since a lot of information are already available even before the trip starts. This also leaves you with the possibility of not getting the bang out of your buck if you have no idea about the hotel you plan to stay. What if the service is actually bad and you didn’t know because there’s no way to know?
Lastly, we thought that in traveling without our so called smart phones with built in powerful cameras, there’s a high chance that at the end of your trip, some pictures are not that great. Imagine if we still use films and you really wanted a picture of you with the Eiffel Tower? What if the photographer wasn’t that great and you ended up with unsatisfactory pictures? With the technology we have now, we don’t have to worry about that. We could snap a thousand photos until we are quite satisfied with the results.
But then of course, there are also pros in traveling without technology. If you are with friends, it will surely be an ultimate bonding experience free from distractions that current technology usually give. Also, perhaps there would be a more fulfilling sense of adventure by delving into the unknown and uncertainty of going to places for the first time. In the end, traveling itself is a fulfilling experience and with or without technology, memories would surely be priceless especially if it is something you’ve really wanted to do.