When one does a brief reality check, the Internet seems to have made life easier more than ever before. With the Internet, you can access your destination before you commence travel. There is still the benefit of e-travel and travelling to some places you have never been before just through a mere swipe on your phone. Yes, the Internet has provided us basic advantages of travel but does too much information destroy the basic advantages the Internet provides us?
For the most part, the increasing accessibility of information has helped us over the last decade. It’s helped us explain the inexplicable, avoid the catastrophic, and plan ahead. But just as we crave safety, stability and knowledge, we also crave uncertainty, adventure and the unknown; in relationships, in work, in our living situations. It seems life is one great balancing act between these two polarities. Travel has become an acceptable place for us to exercise this desire for change. To find our way in a brand new place, to hear a different language, eat unidentifiable food. To be blissfully without information, without stability—for just long enough to realize the value of our stable, certain worlds all over again. So we travel to far-off lands and have a dalliance with the unknown.
Yes, Internet can provide us with every information we need about the place we are travelling to, and yes, the internet can make it very hard to take chances. But the joy that comes with discovering places for ourselves is still out there. To find it, we just have to try a little harder to know a little less. We have to try harder to quash our anxieties and take a punt on that dodgy-looking little restaurant. We have to try harder to shun Google and TripAdvisor and ask a real-life human for recommendations instead.