It’s almost time to bid the world as we know it adieu for a couple of weeks.
But in this digital world, that is nearly impossible. On our past travels, I would hunt down an International Herald Tribune, hoping to get a three-day old Red Sox score. We would buy a stack of post cards, find a café, and sit and scribble furiously to let family and friends know what a wonderful time we were having. (And hope the post cards beat us home.)
Now, I have our mini-laptop packed (haven’t got an iPad yet), so I can follow a ballgame pitch-by-pitch if I want (which I won’t). And my digital camera is charged and ready to send back post card-quality pictures in the blink of an eye, to let family and friends know what a wonderful time we’re having (which we will).
The key digital player on this trip, though, will be my iPod Touch. In half the space once reserved for a pack of cigarettes, I can take pictures and video (though I still prefer my digital camera). I can listen to my music (though I’d rather listen to the sounds of new places).
If there is wireless, I can receive and send email, and I can tweet and blog (which I may or may not do when there’s a break in the action).
And I have armed it with apps. I have, among others, an easy-to-use currency converter, an audio phrase translator, guides of the areas we’ll be touring, and walking tours of the cities and towns we’ll be visiting. Better yet, none need wireless to function.
Do I miss the days when I had to hunt down a copy of the IHT, and otherwise feel out of touch? I do. But the world has changed.
These little digital devices have made it so much smaller.