How Technology Can Ruin Travel

We are the first to admit that we are complete geeks for technology.  We are obsessed with our Macbook Pro’s (yes, we have two!), iPhones, iPad, iPod and a camera. All of these are not necessities in our life, but we love them. (We are spoiled. I’m aware.)

Panoramic shot of Prague taken by our sweet iPad.
However, I just need to vent about how sad it is to see the extent people (tourists specifically) are obsessed with their devices. For example, you will most likely encounter a pedestrian in the streets of London knocking everyone over because they have an iPad glued to their face. Walk into any of the free museums London offers, and you will have to trench through the excessive paparazzi style photographers. Later, you might encounter an entire family avoiding conversation at dinner because they are all simultaneously engrossed with Facebook or email. 

The people in the museums are the worst, and I seriously don’t understand the point. What are you going to do with 500 photos of the pieces of art?! It is not uncommon to see a tourist taking a photo of a piece of art and without bringing the camera down from their face, walk to the next one, “snap!”, then repeat this process until they are ready to leave. Why? I don’t get it. Couldn’t you just google these paintings if that’s all you wanted?!
 
Yes, I know it is their experience and not mine to judge. Though I am confident they spent the money to go overseas for the experience,  right? Or is it all about bragging rights on social media? 
 
I don’t want to be a hypocrite. I love taking photos as much as the next person. Amauri has a thing for the self timer shots. I have no problem waiting 10 minutes for someone to get out of my shot. We both love looking back our photos and going down memory lane. I can admit that I have spent more than a few minutes at a bar trying to connect to wifi so that I could upload a photo with a witty caption to go along. 

One of Amauri’s random self timer shots. 

To see it in such mass quantity though is depressing. I don’t want to be one of those people missing out on those wonderful insignificant moments that happen in travel. 

There has to be some sort of balance, right? 

I recently read a quote in a really great book “The Geography of Bliss” where the author says, “Recording life is a poor substitute for living it.”

I vow to keep this in mind when traveling in the future. Even if that means putting one of my precious Apple products away for a few days.

 
Taking a nap in a park in the middle of the day. 
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