Travel and Technology
With today’s technology advancement, no doubt every aspects of our life are influenced by it. Even a basic aspect such as our need of food has been greatly enhanced by technology. Now, we can leisurely sit in the couch, ordering food or even daily needs from mobile apps. Isn’t it great? Everything can be done just by simply touching screen. Even with travelling, we can plan our itinerary by visiting plenty of blogs covering our destination, booking cheap hotels, homestay or renting a car. We can’t simply ignore how Google Maps or Waze has helped us much reaching place we have never been or seen before, how Google Street View simulates places we dreamed to go, how Google Translate help us communicate with strangers from different countries and cultures, how websites like Agoda, AirBnB helped us in booking hotels, and many more.
While I was planning to travel to one unknown place last weekend, I totally had no clue how to get there and where exactly the place is. The place is rather new, just being found last month. By reading pieces of information from several blogs from people that has been there, I didn’t get enough information to get there from my place via public transportation. They simply either live near there or using their own private car to get there and those didn’t help at all. With enough nerve to travel there, we browsed Google Maps to find the nearest train station. From the train station. Arrived at the train station, we had to ask locals about another public transportation that will enable us to reach there. Unfortunately, there isn’t any public transportation that go directly to our destination. And with Google Maps to, we found the nearest stopping point possible and from there with sheer luck walking 30 mins to the destination.
Now imagine if we didn’t have any luxury to use the technology above. I’m sure we even didn’t know what places that are recently founded, what places that are recommended to visit, what should we expect, how to get to that places. Even if we know where to visit, we also need to bring a whole city maps to make us able to navigate. There is no doubt that technology has helped us so much in our life. Recently, I purchased power banks, but it’s not ordinary power banks. It is powered by solar energy. Yeah, solar energy. First, I didn’t believe that such a technology has existed. Okay, the usage of solar energy to power homes or generator isn’t new, but power banks? It is surely new. We can just hang it to our bags or carrier while we travel and it will be charged enough to be used later on. Life surely gets easier uh? With this technology advancement, I’m really excited what more will be revealed to us in the future. For now, we can just fully utilize the technology and makes our travel experience better than ever 🙂