How travel blogging is ruining my travel experience

Being constantly connected to the internet for travel blogging is ruining my travel experience, in a way. Is it worth it?

 

I used to travel without any electronic equipment. No phone, no watch, no computer, no nothing. I once had a small camera… but it was quickly stolen in Laos.

It was extremely liberating. Sure, I missed a lot of buses since I had no concept of time, and my parents didn’t know where I was for weeks on end. But, I was also completely disconnected from the woes of the outside world, giving me ample opportunity to immerse myself in the world right in front of me.

Oh, how different it is this time around.

Can you tell that travel blogging is ruining my travel?

Checking out the views in beautiful Kutaisi. The view on my laptop screen, that is.

Maintaining a travel blog obviously requires smart devices. Although I am satisfied with the work we are doing, and the information we are providing, the fact that we always have at least two or three of these devices on hand bothers me.

I instinctively reach for my phone when we sit down in a cafe, often failing to take in my surroundings because I am too preoccupied by what is going on on the other side of the world (or on the football pitch of my favorite club). Instead of wandering around cities in the evening, Alex and I spend hours poring over posts on how to pitch, essays on Instagram success, and tomes of Snapchat tips and tricks.

Addicted to phones on the rooftops of Kashan, Iran

View? What view?

Instead of going outside to see the sunset, I am sitting behind a computer or tablet, typing out some story, finding people to pitch our blog to, or sometimes even just playing games. I am writing this while in (stationary) transit, so now it’s okay. But sometimes I feel like I am missing out because the electronic sirens call for me, and, like Odysseus, I am but a slave to their whims.

Addicted to phones in Kashan, Iran

Just some me, myself, and phone time.

Of course, my travels are not ruined. I still enjoy every minute, and am happy I can provide useful information and entertainment or inspiration to others. Just the other day, we got a message on our Facebook from a fan saying our stories make her happy, and help her get through the boring work days. That is definitely worth something. But sometimes, just sometimes, I want to throw out all our equipment, burn it to a crisp, and be freed from the chains of electronics while traveling.

 

How the connectivity and time required for travel blogging is ruining my travel experience.

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Do you ever have the feeling you are missing out because of electronics? How do you deal with this feeling?

Sebastiaan

Just another Dutchie. Extrovert with introverted tendencies. Some say I'm lazy, I say I'm masterfully inactive.

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13 thoughts on “How travel blogging is ruining my travel experience

    Momina Kamran says:

    I feel the same way! I love going out and travelling to new places and just simply enjoying the moment I’m in without the coils of technology, but it’s hard to repress my own urge to snap a picture (or maybe a 100) and check Instagram or upload pictures to Snapchat. One day I’ll log out of it all. But what you said about burning everything to a crisp and being free from the chains of technology I feel on a personal level! Good to know I;m not the only one!

    I feel it’s something not many travel bloggers, if they’re actually on the road, will admit too. I’m certain we’re not the only ones though 😉

    Liliia Sokotun says:

    Glad I found your blog guys 🙂 Also started a blog however it goes so slow…being constantly on the road doesnt really help writing new stories. Sometimes you just wanna hang out, have a beer and relax…Thumbs up to you both for keeping up with new posts and useful info!

    Haha we know how you feel. It’s especially hard when you’re in countries that have no internet outside of the cities. Alas, we do our best. What’s your blog?

    Liliia Sokotun says:

    exactly!! we’ve been in Central Asia and Iran for the past few months and just no internet or it is so painful that you just dont want to do anything 🙂
    we travel with as a family with our little one for 1 year already and I am trying to write a blog about it. It turned out there is not that much info as for traveling with babies/toddlers and I hoping to fill this gap 🙂 https://bringbabyabroad.wordpress.com/ have a look if you guys have time
    and where are you now?

    Wow, that must be a completely different experience, traveling with such a young child. Can imagine people who are thinking of doing the same are desperate for some decent info. We’re in Kyrgyzstan, so we know all about your Central Asian woes 😉 Enjoy the rest of your journey.

    Liliia Sokotun says:

    thanks! you too!! Kyrgyzstan is an awesome place to be right now!!

    Will Hatton says:

    Preaching to the choir amigo…. My advice; try and schedule 3 / 4 days a month and go on a trek minus your devices; it’s probably the only thing that keeps me sane.

    But, but… the missed Snap opportunities! The Instagram-ready vistas! All that down time to edit and write in peace?!

    Just kidding (sort of). Solid advice man!

    Currently sitting in a Starbucks in Cusco and wondering where I went wrong 😉 I figure long term travel wouldn’t be sustainable without the project. You’re creating some amazing content!

    Oh the horror 😉 We probably spend more time searching for wifi than we are searching for things to do. It’s a tough life after all. Thanks for the compliments, and we at least hope you had some decent coffee or something like that!

    I am wondering how can you travel without those equipment. I cannot live without my mobile wherever I go

    Haha I know what you mean, but traveling without any electronics is incredibly liberating. Not a care in the world.

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