Tomorrow, I’m off to Spain and placestory will quiet down for a few weeks. For the first part of my trip, I will be traveling solo. Without another person. Without device. No phone. No computer. I intend to re-aquaint myself with using pen and paper to write. And, the rebel in me wants to go against the flow and disconnect. Not that I’m all that “connected” in the first place. My phone is an email-less flip phone.
I didn’t think traveling sans device was a huge deal until I started letting people know that they shouldn’t expect to get in touch with me. No one was upset about that part; instead, they were shocked that I wouldn’t have a device with me.
“What are you going to do? I mean, no phone, I just don’t…”
“What if you meet someone interesting and they invite you to dinner and they can’t text you to tell you when and where?”
“I mean, do Internet cafes even exist anymore?”
“How are you going to meet Chris when he arrives, how will he find you?”
There was once was a time where people walked down foreign streets without google maps, without the ability to text a friend to let her know that you’ll “be there in 5,” without an instrument replacing your own know-how.
I’m curious about that.