The Changing Face (Book) of Travel

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  1. “A double-edged sword”.

    My thoughts exactly Sara. Yes, for me anyway, travel has always been about education. When you didn’t know fully what to expect each day.

    Now though, all of that has changed. For the better – as far as self-education is concerned. But definitely for the worse, when it comes to blind adventure (where you learn SO much more – especially about yourself and how you interact with your surroundings and the people that you meet).

    An example of why it’s not-so-good:

    In 2013, I set out on a “round-the-world-by-train” adventure (encompassing all of the trains that I’d heard about previously – and some that I just discovered during the research). And it was the research-phase that kind of spoiled the romance of it all. I spent about 18 months prior to the trip, looking at maps, photographs, videos – to the extent that I had already made the entire trip virtually, so it was likely that some experiences would not live up to my preconceived ideas.

    For my current walking trip in Spain, I deliberately left the planning as vague as is possible. Yes, I know roughly the exact route that I will follow, and yes, I know the major towns that I will visit along the way. But that’s it. A few nights ago I spent a wonderful evening in a town I had never heard of before this trip, eating tapas with an amazingly positive Spanish couple who I met through Couchsurfing, and their English-teacher (he is actually Scottish – we do tend to pop-up everywhere).

    It was exactly because it was unplanned that it was so memorable.

    Having said all that, the first sign that I always look for is the “wifi” sign.

    Iain 🙂

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Iain, thanks so much for sharing that – you get EXACTLY what I’m talking about!

      It is indeed a modern problem – we rue the lost mystique of yesteryear, but don’t quite feel 100% at ease if we don’t have things at our fingertips. I wonder how things will pan out in the next few decades? I like to think we’ll find a way of reaching the right balance eventually.

      For the time being, I mustn’t be too hard on humans and their (our!) instant-fix mentality. After all, we are still in the embryonic stages of learning how to adapt to new technology, and as long as we don’t entirely destroy ourselves (or our home world), there is still hope!

      Again, a wonderful comment, thanks for taking the time to reply 🙂

      Sara

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