With the release of the new iPhone 8 and X, the buzz around the travel world has been louder than it has in some years. Why is that? Because Apple has continually reinvented the way people go about their everyday life, business, and travels. From changing the way we wake up, learn, communicate and be entertained, the new models of personal devices are here to stay in a big way. When I travel, I rarely go anywhere, even deep into the woods, without my own personal device. But that’s not to say that I let it control my life, and/or happiness, because I don’t. And though phones have shown to become addictive and lifestyle changing (sometimes more toward the negative experience), it doesn’t have to be that way. Like with all new technologies that redefine the way we live and interact with our world, we must find a balance.
When I’m traveling, I always carry my iPhone on me, no matter what sort of trip, no matter what country, and it doesn’t matter whether I have service or not. Because the iPhone is my personal device where I work, I write (sometimes) and I take photos (when my full camera system isn’t necessary). It not only holds a great deal of information and media, but it also provides the savvy modern traveler with all the tools he needs to work on the fly, anywhere in the world. When I backpack Europe, I no longer take my camera to every location, often leaving it in my rucksack. Space and weight are big concerns for the backpacker lifestyle, but the burden improves with such a dynamic multifunctional device.
For decades, the wilderness camper was forced to carry steel and ceramic cups, which are both heavy as well as a pain because they create such a burden for those who venture far from their vehicle. There’s something amazing about adventuring out into a wide wilderness area that’s remained untouched, so that you go far enough out to prevent the sound or sight of humanity and civilization. When you get so far out into what’s left of the natural world, to where you can no longer hear cars, or planes, or see or smell the destruction humanity as wrought, then you’re left with a truly authentic experience. Even if it’s down to just you and the wind, and the smell of the wild world; you can still find that peace that used to exist everywhere in nature, on earth.
The fine folks over at HelloNomad.com sent over two of their iPhone cases for me to try. Nomad started out with their innovative charging products like a hideaway charging wire hidden in a wallet, or a carabiner, and now they’re specializing in stylish leather products like cases, and wallets, and other unique gadgets that allow the modern creative and/or traveler get around with minimalist ease as well as in style.
Conscientious travellers want to minimise their impact on their chosen destination. But there's no denying that travel in the modern world can have a huge, and often damaging, impact on the environment and local people. So how can you enjoy a trip to Lanzarote while still supporting sustainable tourism?
Ever since I was young, I’ve been fascinated with maps, for what I can only understand now as the inherent drive to wander and experience the world. I always knew I wanted to travel. Maybe I simply payed a little more attention in geography class, or something about the open road called to me. I don’t know. But I love looking at old maps, seeing what people from the past thought our world looked like, and how different our perception is, to me, the most fascinating part of that appreciation.
So, with that in mind, I’d like to segue into the feature at hand… A couple of weeks ago, just in time for football season, the fine people at Modern Map Art asked if I would feature one of their posters and talk about the quality of their work. Prior to them reaching out, I had not thought to put a map of my hometown of Columbus, Ohio up on my office wall, but I thought, why not? From initial search on their site, they have a wide range of city maps, with less country maps, but overall an interesting approach to traditional maps, which is what caught my eye.
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