Before I answer that question, let me say that I love my iPhone and my MacBook Air. Everyday I am thrilled to find a new use, a new widget, a new app, a new feature that makes my life easier and more fun. I never take for granted how incredible this technology is and I can't wait to see what the future holds.
That being said - I am very, very minimalist when it comes to technology and travelling. Maybe it's because I did for so long without a laptop or SmartPhone. Or maybe because part of me feels like these things can be more of a distraction than an aid.
Another reason is that I don't want to risk my equipment getting stolen or broken while travelling. Plus a small map is much easier to carry around than a laptop.
Perhaps the main reason is that I feel like I get a more authentic, visceral experience - it's just me and my wits, figuring out how to ride the subway or get to my hotel. For me, travelling is about being in the moment - not online.
"I travel to experience the new. I travel to observe and take in what the world has to offer. No doubt technology can help add to my perspective and improve my travels, but are these benefits enough to outweigh the distraction and inconvenience that modern technology can cause?
Do I really want to become reliant on a laptop that might break in the middle of nowhere and cause me to spend my travel funds and search for a replacement?"
What do you think? Do you travel with technology? How does it help you? Or do you leave it all behind? Why?