These days the most likely of travel companions isn’t a good pair of shoes or a bag but a tablet, laptop or smart phone and it’s a result of the age we live in. We have become so obsessed with stay in constant connection with each other at all times that the devices have effectively become a part of ourselves. There are probably some people who you sincerely cannot imagine without them being on their phone – it’s that ridiculous.
It used to be that taking a trip meant that you had to do without certain luxuries or conveniences and people got extremely creative with this deprivation. While it might sound crazy to voluntarily leave your devices at home, it might not be the worst idea you’ve ever had – and here are a few reasons why:
It Might get Stolen
Anyone who walks down the street holding their tablet or phone out in the open immediately marks themselves as a target to would be thieves. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be that blatant, but thieves know to look for subtle hints of things to take, such as handbags and backpacks that aren’t quite secure enough. A few years ago a friend of mine had his iPod stolen 30 minutes into arriving in Geneva because he left the earbuds hanging out of his coat when he left it draped over his chair to get a bagel. It can happen that fast, it’s extremely inconvenient when you lose them and they are exceeding expensive to replace.
Always being in contact with people has its advantages but it can also be irritating. Information overload can really bum you out if you’re always being hit in the face with it but you can even go into withdrawal by not having instant access all the time. Cut your habit and go unplugged!
Keeping it Charged is a Pain
When you have an electronic device, your life turns into a constant search for outlets to plug into. Airports are fairly reliable, even are your accommodations, but everyone else usually has the same bright idea and it can be tough to find an outlet in convenient and safe location. Additionally, you have to worry about adapters and cords and… well… it would just be better to not have them at all.
Focus on the Journey
This is probably the biggest reason to leave your tech at home and it’s for no other reason than so you can just sit back and enjoy your trip. You spent a lot of money and time putting together this venture and to constantly be checking your messages, being on Facebook or compulsively playing mindless games can detract from the whole reason you got away in the first place – to do something different!