For most of us, Wi-Fi is a basic life necessity. However, many countries are not as Internet driven as others. Relying on technology while travelling in these countries can be challenging. But sometimes it might be better to travel without.
Sure, technology can be of good help in many ways while traveling. But it usually relay on internet. Travel apps. Google Translate. Maps.
So what do you do if you are without internet?
Honestly, take advantage of being disconnected. There are few times in life when you can use “no Internet” as an excuse for not responding to emails. Travel is one of those times so why not take advantage of it?
On my honey-moon, I was on a week-long cruise in the Caribbean. No internet for one week. No responding emails. It can be recommended!
I can understand that many may want to Facebook and Tweet about the sites they visit and their amazing adventures. However, experiencing a foreign city is much more memorable. You can always tell the world about your great adventures, but you only live them once.
Being on a study trip in Sri Lanka, all the students were on their lap-tops and phones. One of my professors said: “You will only experience being here one time. Don’t use that short time looking down in your laptops. Live in the moment”. This sentence have been with me during my travels ever since, and I try not to be too focus on being connected all the time. I try to really enjoy my time exploring a new place.
Several times after that, I have been without internet on my travels. And actually it was not a big problem.
During my six months in Nigeria, I did not have access of internet. The same in the Maldives. Uganda. Jordan. San Blas. Even the last two months, I have been living without internet in Bolivia. It has been challenging due to the blog. But I have been working from coffee shops and in other people’s homes.But the rest of the time, I am disconnected!
But sometimes it can be better to travel without having access to internet. Not just because you live in the moment. But also because you are forced to rely on your instinct, rather than technology. By not being attached to your phone, it forces you to face travel challenges head on. I know, it is easy to relay on a smartphone. However, trusting your own instincts is usually just as effective. Furthermore, you will be more aware of your surroundings, which simultaneously enhances each experience. At the end of the day, you will feel proud of yourself for making it without your good old friend Google.
Do you relay on internet when travelling?