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Reflections on pre-smart phone travel



Over the past few days, I’ve come across a few different pieces about how travel has evolved thanks to technology. My favorite was this one from the Telegraph, which discussed backpacking before and after the age of the smart phone.
This got me thinking about my own experiences abroad, and in particular my first big trip overseas. It was a two month trip to the UK, during which I and a few other people filmed a group of students who were on a literature study abroad. Technically, I was part of a film crew, but we were all sort of mixed in together and felt like one big group.
During that trip, each night members of our group would convene in the common rooms of hostels to discuss the things we saw, had read, or the Big Ideas lots of college-aged people love to talk about. Every few days or so, I’d also call Laura, to whom I was engaged at the time. No one on our trip brought a cell phone ? international minutes were very expensive ? so I would have to buy calling cards and find pay phones. Some days, we were in places that simply didn’t have phones, or they only had one phone and it was always in use.
Occasionally this was a problem. About halfway through the trip, Laura was involved in a serious bike crash that involved being airlifted to a hospital. By the time I found out about it, she was back at home. She had a concussion and was extremely groggy when I first spoke with her.
It was tough finding out about this after the fact, and even tougher because ...
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