June 15, 2012 by farbolino
Over the course of the last few years, I’ve noticed it’s more common to travel with a computer. For the younger generation, I feel it’s almost a necessity to bring a computer with them. Gone are the days when we leave for a trip and tell everyone back home about the trip when we get back home. These days with Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Blogs, and honestly I don’t even know what else, we are constantly informing our friends and family about what’s going on in our lives.
While I think it’s amazing to be able to keep in touch with people back home, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic for the days of going to an internet cafe after a day of exploring Alexandria and sending a mass email and getting back individual replies. The really weird thing is those days weren’t so long ago. 5 years back, Facebook was reserved for the college elite, and although I was in school, I hadn’t actually joined yet. I had just learned what Skype was, but hadn’t used it yet, and Twitter hadn’t even been thought of yet.
There are no shortage of travelers these days. Tourism is an unstoppable force that is only getting stronger with time and I think it has something to do with the social network revolution. You may not know anyone personally who’s been to a country like Ukraine, or hitchhiked through French Guiana, but if you’re reading this then you at least virtually know someone. As you read about others exploring new countries, telling stories about them and seeing pictures, doesn’t that make you want to travel too? Of course it does, and I think that’s why tourism has exploded alongside the social network revolution.
Ironically the need to interact with actual people while we travel decreases. I can’t even count the number of hostels I’ve been to over the last year where there are 4 or more travelers in a common space, yet no one interacts because they are too busy checking Facebook comments, writing a clever status update, Skyping someone back home, or even watching the latest episode of their favorite TV show. I personally have been guilty of all of the above.
Don’t we travel to experience new cultures? Don’t we do it to meet new people? I advocate making the most of your trip. Get out there and meet some new friends. Maybe after you get aquatinted you can watch the lasted episode of How I Met Your Mother together…
Why do you travel?