How we travel is constantly evolving. Especially in this modern age of internet and all that stuff.
Welcome to the future!
For many of the older travelers technology is seen as a hindrance to true travelling though. If you take your laptop and are constantly updating your progress on twitter through your iPhone, are you really travelling? Well, yes. You are travelling. You are moving through other countries. I suppose the reality here is that the idea of ‘travelling’ in the minds of these old folks is actually far more about escaping something than it is about going somewhere. It is about escaping the apparent confines of modernity. It is about escaping the west. It is about escaping modern technologically advanced capitalism. So of course you have to leave your iPhone at home: it is exactly what your trying to escape. Right?
This old travelling idea is based on the notion that by leaving the west you are travelling to a different world and a different time. The question is: Who is more defined by their western-ness? The ones who are trying to escape it and have delineated the world along a line of west and the rest? The ones who see the rest of the world as a completely distinct other that exists in a different time period? Or the ones who simply want to go somewhere else for a bit to have fun?
Hmmm…. this is tough.
Well, as an older hand, I’m going to say that the young douchebags are worse than the old douchebags. I don’t know if I really count as a ‘traveler’ these days. Not in the way I used to be. Nowadays I drive my car to the airport. I park my car up and I take some moving flat escalator to the fancy lounge and get on my all to comfortable flight to my all too comfortable hotel. It is, generally, all too comfortable. And I use the internet more than anybody. I use www.TripAdvisor.co.uk to check out my hotel. I compare my flights on www.Skyscanner.net. I even check out the best price for parking my car on www.airportparkingmarket.co.uk.
Just a cool guy getting stuff done.
So who am I? I have to recommend those sites, they help me. They help me travel. But am I missing something because of them? Am I not getting the real travelling ‘experience’? Or is that all a load of stupid, patronizing, nonsensical nonsense?
Answers in the space provided…