Up until last year I very rarely bothered with technology while travelling (apart from the odd email or Facebook message to those at home). But I was essentially forced to use it in Kenya last June so I could regularly update my blog and keep in touch with university tutors and mentors.
I discovered the joys of the dongle and found I could get 3G signal in the middle of the Chalbi Desert (who’d have thunk it, ey?)!
Later that year technology helped me get in touch with the BBC (and concerned friends and family) during the September Athens protests – I even got a phonecall from them asking for my pictures and an on-air interview (technology then failed me after I dropped my phone down the toilet – but that’s another story).
While the nature of my trips were not relaxing anyway (Kenya was a research trip and the Athens protests kind of speak for themselves), I wonder if all this being in touch through all this technology hinders our chance to relax and really enjoy our time away.
Are you always switched on abroad, or are you a travelling technophobe? Let me know your thoughts.