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2022-06-13 01:57:20

10 things that tourists forgot with the advent of the smartphone

10 things that tourists forgot with the advent of the smartphone

With the development of scientific and technological progress, life has become simpler and more interesting, people have much more free time. However, now travel no longer implies preparation, it has ceased to be the lot of the chosen. It is not necessary to have geographical knowledge, speak foreign languages and be able to find a way out of the most difficult situation.

Just get a cell phone out of your pocket!

It's time to talk about what's lost. So, ten things that were inherent in travelers of the past, but are now lost as a skill – or as a class.

Urban navigation

Previously, in order to find the way in an unfamiliar city, it was necessary to first understand it. Well, or buy yourself a map, memorize the names of the main highways and strongholds.

Now a person does not even have a reason to look at the house numbers. You take out a cell phone, turn on the navigator and without any problems go from point "a" to point "b", not paying attention to the surrounding world. It's no longer a free-search study. It's a move with a utilitarian purpose, as much as I'd like to call it anything else.

Sense of direction

That too has been lost. The navigator allows you to unmistakably navigate in the directions of the world, without making any effort to do so. Previously, having a crossroads in front of our eyes, we mentally compared it with the scheme in our brain somewhere in the far corner, where the north was always at the top.

Now the absoluteness of the north and the top of the map is lost. At the output, we have what some shamefully call geographical or topographic cretinism: looking into a smartphone, of course, helps out, but it does not give an understanding of which street to turn to at the intersection if the GPS suddenly messed up. And when the signal is restored, it turns out that you have already walked a kilometer in a completely different direction.

Ability to read a paper map

Again, about the map. In addition to sacred knowledge, "where does it have the upper hand", it was always necessary to pay attention to small notes and inscriptions on the edges or on the reverse side (and in the atlas - a whole section with notes).

Today, these secrets, as well as the way to correctly fold the card from the first time, are lost once and for all to 99% of tourists.

Memorize basic language phrases

Each large trip lasting more than a week implied that a person would acquire knowledge in advance about how the phrases "How much does it cost", "Not interesting", "Thank you", as well as topographic terminology, numbers, names of food products sound in the language of the host country.

And now for all the same it is enough to download and install a translator from any popular and well-known search engine - and that's it. The entire range of necessary words and phrases will be available to you without any preparation. Ready.

Use public transport

Taxi aggregators have conquered the world, displacing millions of private owners from the market and driving them into the rigid framework of the franchise. In any unclear situation, we can now order a taxi with the help of Uber or Yandex.

And before you had to resort to the services of public transport, and this was another test of attention, ingenuity and social communication. Only a true tourism samurai is given to understand the bizarre intricacies of the routes, from time to time forget to pay for travel - whether on purpose or accidentally - to talk with fellow travelers, to ask for advice on where it is better to go out or flirt in front of the controllers, so as not to write out a fine for violation.

And people used to look around and at the same time keep their ear to the ground so as not to clean their pockets. Sitting in a taxi, you most often look out the window and see cars rushing in front of you. And buses and trolleybuses most often followed the far right lane - and you could see everything, in detail and detail.

Ignore the recommendations of local residents

Unfortunately, social skills have also been lost. We stopped listening to the locals! And this is not counting the fact that the locals will tell the way to where no navigator will be able to lead you. And they support their own, creating strong local communities.

Relax and not take pictures

Almost any non-standard location or event a person these days observes through the frame of the screen of a mobile phone, acting as a viewfinder. This used to need to be memorized and retold. And now, I'm sorry, there is more life in the instagram than in reality.

In addition, the Internet is discouraging and relaxing. Once upon a time, the resource of the camera was limited to rolls of film or the volume of a flash card - this made you pay attention to composition issues and evaluate the frame in terms of its value. And now we shoot in series and don't even think about choosing the best. Many people load like that, and their friends conscientiously like everything in a row and indiscriminately.

Keep diaries

Ancient diaries have been a source of study of another country. A travel diary, such as those published by Marco Polo or Athanasius Nikitin, entered the annals of classical literature.

Later, the diary became more and more private, but nowadays it has also become a private. For most, it all comes down to selfies and emojis, and some aren't even capable of that.

Be spontaneous

Erroneous actions, delays, changes in the schedule are now associated only with slight discomfort and the need to call a person or write him a message in the chat. We have forgotten how to be spontaneous, to do stupid things and to trust the world around us and the people in it. Accordingly, our experience has become poorer and more modest.

And of course, completely isolate yourself from home.

Being in touch 24/7 is good and bad at the same time. On the one hand, we are close to loved ones. You can send your mother a photo, get a photo card from the cottage in return, provide help and assistance to a colleague, but this eventually causes a feeling of stun.  It seems that wherever you are, you will always be a few minutes from your home with all its problems and difficulties. And to travel means to live richly, succinctly, concentrated, to feel the joy of every moment and not to divide it between a cup of coffee in Montmartre or a selfie against the background of Elbrus and home problems with a clogged pipe.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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