I love traveling with my phone, and I use it all the time. If I’m in a taxi, I map the route from the airport to my hotel to make sure the driver is taking me to the right place – and not taking me on a longer drive than necessary. I look up how to say phrases in the local language. I keep up with the news at home, and I’m available if my wife needs me. And if I have a question about anything (When was that cathedral built? Who won the game last night?), I can find the answer within seconds.
But there’s a price to pay.
If you’re online, to some extent you’re not present. You’re glancing at notifications. You’re thinking about the email that came in – even if you don’t plan on responding right away. You’re wondering how many likes your latest social post has. And you’re thinking about the outside world.
It all combines to make you miss what’s around you.
So in South Greenland I unplugged. I had no online access at all for five days. The destination was more important than my inbox. And my traveling companion – my 10-year-old son – was far more important than my inbox. So what did I discover?
[Continued at Visit Greenland]