While perusing the internet last week I came upon this article in London’s Times Online. Some travel writers and experts make the bold statement that the internet is ruining travel. Why, you ask?
They say that people are now spending more time blogging and chatting with friends back home at internet cafes when they should be out and about, enjoying the scenery. They single out TravelPod bloggers as some of the worst offenders.
I allowed myself to ruminate over this during the weekend before I made a hasty blog post, so here it is.
Travel blogs do not ruin travel. Period. In fact, writing a blog greatly enriches one’s experience of a place. I’ll give you an example and tell you why:
When I blog my trip online as I go, I tend to write about my travels in a lot more detail than if I was writing with a pen and paper. Computers really do allow you to be more creative and put your thoughts together while you are in the moment, or shortly thereafter. I think this is great.
When I’m old and grey, I’ll have lots more detail which will allow me to remember and look back on my trips, since lately I have been recording my travels a lot more than usual.
Last week, I was going through my old travel journal and I found that reading it over really helped me to remember intriguing little details of my trips that I had completely forgot about. I wished I had written more, and I probably would have if I had access to a blog and a computer at the time. (For example, I wrote about a lightning storm in the Saskatchewan prairies. I had totally forgotten about this wonderful and beautiful experience until I read that page of my travel journal again.)
This was the late 1990s, so writing a blog wasn’t a reality for the mainstream population of course. Right now, I am kind of jealous of all the people who get to grow up with this technology that will help them remember more about their youth than I will.
Anybody that says that the internet is “ruining travel” is simply an old fogey and a laggard when it comes to preserving memories that will allow you to enjoy life to the fullest.
Sites like TravelPod are extremely important because life is short and as soon as your adventures are over, they have disappeared forever, unless you capture them today. To fully appreciate life, you’ll need to remember your past while you still have the capacity to do so. Anything that enriches the memory process is a great benefit.
No matter where people type up their memories, the more people write about their experiences the better. This does not have a benefit for the individual alone, but also for the rest of the world.
What do you think? Are the old fogeys right or wrong? Is TravelPod “ruining” travel?
Let me know what you think by posting your response in the TravelPod travel forums.
See you there!
TravelPod Community Manager