I read an article just now that presented how much of our time is spent looking at the small screen. The small screen you might ask? You know that little multitasking, mini computer you keep in your pocket daily.
On a recent trip back home to Rhode Island I was afforded the opportunity to go visit my family. I got to catch up with old friends and new family members. It was fun being surrounded by people that I care and love. For a person who has made travel his priority it's very rare that I get these shared experiences with the people that know me best, so I try to cherish these moments to the utmost. But this notion of an engaged experience is constantly jeopardized because of our growing habit to be engaged in our electronics.
For years now I've made it a conscious effort to travel without items that will distract me. That includes leaving laptops and minimizing my smartphone use dramatically. When I'm on a trip I use my phone primarily for it's GPS or camera ability. Besides these two things I am very aware that my phone can distract me from the experience I am having. And at the moment most of my travel efforts are for short time spurts so maximizing my experience is a must !
Don't get me wrong I am a person who would consider himself a tech enthusiast. I value what technology has offered us and what it will bring down the line. But I am also very aware that often this same technology can rob us of the experiences that make our lives so worthwhile.
Next time you find yourself going somewhere special, take some time to think of what ways your experience would be maximized.
Do you need your laptop to enjoy the scenery?
Will your smartphone replace the smiling faces and good times with loved ones?
Cut it down to the essence of each experience. Yes these devices can capture our cherished moments but they will never live them.
Be present : )
Father, traveler, self trained creative, and spectator of life. The quest is to live a life intentionally, to construct a life of my choosing. I left the comfort of home at the age of nineteen and have been enjoying the Viaje as it unfolds ever since