|Not me, though I wish I had that computer :-)|
A simple example: we took the tram out to visit a friend of mine who lives about ten kilometres east of the city. I've stayed at her house before, but a few years back so I didn't have a really good idea of exactly where it was. I knew which tram to take and on we hopped, and then I used the Google Maps feature of the iPhone to track where I was and then I would know when to get off the tram. So much easier than searching for street signs. Apparently the Melbourne transport people have a good app too, but I wasn't organised enough to download it ahead of time - and turned out I really didn't need to, anyway.
location-independent now!) when my son was busily occupied doing something else.
My second big technology love is my iPad. I still consider it a luxury technology - it doesn't replace either a mobile phone or a laptop - but I adore it. My iPad was particularly useful when we travelled around Tasmania, for two reasons: we were on the move a lot, and didn't want to lug a laptop everywhere, and because we were mostly in rural areas, I needed something that used Telstra as it's basically the only provider that works outside of Tasmanian cities. It was great to keep up-to-date with a small amount of work and for late night reading and emailing (although with my husband along on that trip, we nearly needed two!).
|Tasmanian wilderness ... not much mobile connectivity out here!|
There is a little (old-fashioned) part of me that yearns for the old days of travel, where all the information you need wasn't at your fingertips while you're at your destination - when finding out if the Victoria Markets were open required chatting to a Melbourne local instead of doing on a search on your phone - but all in all, it'd be hard to go back to technology-free travel.
How much technology do you use when you travel? Could you live without it, now that you've got it?
Image of girl with laptop from Ed Yourdon (Flickr/CC)