Thoughts on Technology and Travel

Brian Welsh
Dec 14, 2010
Updated • Dec 6, 2012
Mobile Computing

Traveling with technology requires a certain je ne sais quoi, that sense of something that the French sum up so well with a simple “I don't know”. These days, it seems all of our travel is involved in some sort of high tech process, whether it is the jumbo jets navigation system or the toll booths on a super highway. One thing is for certain, technology is everywhere and it isn't going to go away. If it does, travel as we know it will also disappear.

Man created a world of his own centered around the world’s creations. He found out the super formula of technology and continues to grow stronger by its use. Technology is all around us. It has a world of its own that is comfortable and offers a wide array of attractive options.

Technology made humans search new shores. The intensity of man's travel has caused technology to prosper. This is of little significance as long as both are growing unhampered. The competition between the supremacy between technology and man does not hold any value until man’s intelligence continues to create an anti technology to curb its disastrous effects.

Naturally, the power to think and plan was imparted to human beings. This is the only factor that sets us apart from the other creatures of the living world. Vision, intelligence, organization and planning are hence the most fundamental essential for any long or short term plan. The journey of miles begins with a single step. Planning is the basic unit of a successful endeavor. Ferdinand Magellan didn't go around the world just to quench his thirst of exploration and probably had a clear planned course of action. It is not possible in the current scenario.

With the earth being explored to its deepest cavern, there is no avenue left to be discovered. This helps us in making traveling a well calculated and planned event. This re –establishes the eminence of a thorough planning down to the minutest detail. Planning is an art acquired through experience and research. An effective plan is the one that gives ample space to each parameter offered in proportion to its importance quotient. A planned activity need not be conventional but is sure to be the most convenient one.

The planning done before traveling holds much value today, given the frequent business and family trips, under restrained time and money parameters. Technology that is known to make life easier for us makes the journey comfortable. We live in a technical world. So wherever we travel, planning and technology go together.

The technology that best suites the demands of travel should have the feature of being cost effective and handy. The smaller the gadget the higher its likeliness to be chosen as a travel partner. Mobile phones, iPods, mp3 players, video games, and laptops are the favorite companions of many. The planning that goes into taking them along does not require too much thinking. Travelers have learned to create extra space for them.

The long, rough, and unknown stretches can be easily crossed while listening to favorite tracks or while watching the favorite love classics for the nth time! This ensures that to have our favorite gadget is a must. Technology spins an individual’s home anywhere by surrounding him with his most used objects. This feeling of security escorts the traveler and makes him comfortable.

The mode of commuting is another subject of travel that requires effective planning. The chosen option should best suite an individual’s demands. Whether one wants to travel via air, train, or cruise has to be resolved before traveling. Technology cannot yet perceive the vague imaginations of a human mind; it is the slave of human actions. Hence its output will be satisfactory only when the best plan is applied to it.

Technology comes with a price tag. A hefty amount ensures a more self sufficient unit of technology. Traveling can become a dream come true experience only if the right situations are chosen. To be able to plan it all correctly means one can play the right cards at the right time. To travel with a costly airline that offers the best level of service to its customer is a boon for a lone traveler but can prove to be a problem if he chooses to travel with his entire family. He would rather plan to opt for an airline that offers cost effective family trips.

Similarly a tiny electric rod used for making tea and warming milk can help prevent travelers from suffering severe pangs of hunger. This is cost effective as well. The pain relief sprays, thermometer, and acupuncture gadgets for seniors, if carried on a travel junket can continue to provide them with comfort in every situation. Electrically heated blankets can protect against jaw dropping cold climates.

There are several life saving kits available today to be used in case of mishaps. A good travel plan should be able to provide benefit even in the worst situation. Also its effect should be aimed not only to aid an individual, but it should be such that fellow travelers are equally benefited by it.

Technology and planning both are raised to another level if one travels for adventure. Mountain cyclists have to be well equipped with the best time repair gadgets. Similarly the jungle safari traveler needs to have the best pair of binoculars to get the best views. Mountaineers require the best travel suits that protect them against altitude sickness.

Traveling at the fastest pace no longer is the demarcation between a winner and an average player. It is the perfection of planning and organization that finally bags the prize. Hence it can be concluded that the adoption of a certain technology can prove to be thoroughly useful only if the requisite planning is done effectively. Also this choice varies for every individual traveler. Yet the central idea of planned travel remains unchallenged. Make your plan and then stick to it.


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  1. anoninfrance said on December 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    It’s “je ne sais quoi”

    1. Martin said on December 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks, have corrected it.

  2. jasray said on December 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    If I were to replace “technology” with “imagination,” the musing may convince me.

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand” (Einstein).

    When I travel, I go to places where technology is nothing more than a bamboo bure, some fishing line, and some imaginative natives who tell the most miraculous legends found within culture around a bowl of kava and show their history with song and dance–no mp3’s there or electricity or much of anything.

  3. Crodol said on December 14, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Would be interesting to know what YOU pack for your travels, Martin!

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