With all of this hype about the new iPhone, I'm beginning to wonder why people travel. Do you really need to bring the iPhone when you travel? Isn't the point of travel getting away from it all and immersing yourself in other cultures? I can understand if you're a writer who's on assignment or want to stay in contact with clients but...
Do you really need an iPhone?(3 posts) (3 voices)
It depends on you. If you're traveling to get away from family and friends then leave the iPhone and other technical gadgets at home. If you'll be writing for the road and need to have contact with editors and clients then take the iPhone with you. It's your decision...
Personally, I think it's unwise to travel without at least SOME type of cell phone, and if you travel internationally you need to be sure it will work in the country you're visiting...because you never know what might happen and being able to get help may depend on whether or not you have a phone - any kind of a phone.
All that said, the iPhone offers many great benefits for travelers, the ability to check weather conditions, check hotel rates or airfares and change plans on the go, being able to find a local restaurant - literally there are hundreds of uses (too many for me to list them all) .... all I can offer is that I use mine frequently to make traveling easier.
And having a phone in your pocket - even an iPhone - does not keep you from immersing yourself in another culture, or enjoying a tour, or anything you might want to do without technology interrupting you (or you getting too immersed in technology) - I normally keep my iPhone on silent mode, I control it - it does not control me.
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