Going overseas is incredible. I don’t need to tell anyone how great it is to experience new cultures, explore the world and eat great food. I do think that an oft overlooked reason for why it’s great is that you get to leave your life behind for a week or two. Cut the cord. Go off the grid. When else can you be unavailable via phone, text, email and it be considered completely okay? I love that aspect of travel and think it’s important to take breaks from all the connectedness that our world affords us.

However.

I am a technophile and an information addict. I’m used to getting answers instantly when I have a question. I feel safe being just about anywhere knowing that I can navigate my way home with the device in my pocket. Managing without the internet for two weeks would not be a problem as I grew up before ubiquitous connectivity was a thing. I actually even love analog maps. So why not just do some extra planning and write some locations down in advance and go from there?

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