How to Travel to a Destination Without Internet

How to Travel to a Destination Without Internet

These days it’s all too easy to use the internet to research a destination and find out about the country you may be visiting for things to do and places to go but what did we do before this new age of technology? I have a love hate relationship with the internet, it’s great for finding out about things and maps are especially helpful when you’re out and about but where is the fun in that? I like challenges, so here are my ideas about how to travel to a destination without using internet.

Travel Books

Invest in one or two good travel books like the Rough Guides or Lonely Planet, which really won’t take up that much room in your luggage. They are full of useful information from what a country or city is like to where to sleep and what to eat when you get there. You’ll be able to find out about the weather, the currency, practical telephone numbers and whether you need a visa. Everything the internet will tell you but isn’t it so much more satisfying to read a book and find out things that way? Maybe you’ll think differently.

Talk to People

When you land in a new country after a few days you’ll get your bearings and naturally start talking to like minded people you meet in cafes, bars or organised tours. Think of them as a resource of information and ask them about their travels so far, Where they have been? How did they get there? What did they think of it and is it worth going? They might tell you about somewhere you hadn’t thought of going yourself, so you’ll really be able to make the most out of a destination. Don’t forget chatting to the locals, they are the ones who really know what’s what so make friends and listen to what they say.

Go To a Destination Without Knowing About it First

You could pick a destination, go to the travel agent, book a flight and arrive without doing any research whatsoever. Look up places to stay in your travel books and just turn up. Keeping basic safety in mind, walk around the city exploring its many streets and alleys and see what you find, talk to others for help and advice, get on a bus to somewhere, anywhere and see where you end up. Generally just go with the flow and experience life as it happens.

Travelling without internet can be a liberating experience, you’ll become more aware of your surroundings and you’ll also experience the here and now. What an achievement it would be if we could find our way without relying on Google.

Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

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  1. Enjoyed your post – great tips for new travellers!

    I first travelled in 1985, back in the day when it was only the Lonely Planet or a minimal Rough Guide: no Internet, not even a mobile phone…imagine? Enough reason for some travellers today, to break out in a cold sweat! 😉

    The problem with any guides is that as soon as they’re printed, the information is outdated (prices, closures of premises, time tables, etc.). So they are only guides as the title suggests. And although back then the Lonely Planet was a sort of “Bible”, Lonely Planet didn’t cover a lot of areas. For example, travelling to Laos in 1989 only 6 months’ after the country opened to tourism was an amazing experience, without any available information at all.

    Another point to remember if you’re buying a Lonely Planet is that if the write-up is a long and detailed one with photos, the establishment has paid handsomely for the advertisement. In Lonely Planet’s early days, this was not the case as writers and other traveller submitted honest material for approval and publishing. However, today and for the last 10+ years, it’s mostly paid write-ups. Typically, if you see a small paragraph on a restaurant, no photo, etc., then this is a genuine write-up and not a paid ad. After Lonely Planet was sold to the BBC Worldwide, it was re-sold to American NC2 Media, so its originally philosophy has changed.

    1. Thanks Nilla! Yes, agreed, even if you use a guide book the internet is there to check details are up to date but as I said I have a love hate relationship with the internet, I love it for exactly that reason, there is a lot of information there but I hate it because it’s more of an adventure to go somewhere without relying on it. Plus I don’t want to be online 24/7. It’s all about the marketing which, as you say, establishments have to pay for, it’s a shame that gets in the way of genuine write ups. I have always preferred the Rough Guide rather than Lonely Planet, there’s more information about places.

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