Day 23: Rest Day - MM Hills
Here I am sitting in the middle of nowhere in India speaking on my mobile phone to my family in Australia via Whatsapp for free. Technology is an obvious game changer in the way we live our lives - having a significant influence in all facets.
To be honest I did not expect to have this much mobile phone coverage. As I walk around in these rural areas it can be a confusing sight to see the manual aspect of their daily life yet they can pull out a smartphone to ask for a selfie and an exchange in Whatsapp numbers. Whatsapp actually has 65 million users in India!
However, this fact and observation I sn't to paint a picture of a technologically advanced society. In rural India - where agriculture is the way of life - farmers remain poor - playing in an uneven global playing field. However through technology - there are organisations who look to provide farmers with greater access to information and tools to help them shake the shackles of persistent poverty. Could it also see a change in Indian culture? Technology = Game Changer.
We humans are constantly striving for greater innovation - to make a more efficient, well connected and improved society. However when do these positives start to be outweighed by the negatives?
I reflect on my own travels and the ability to do this trip for my first 'adventure' of this type which has been made easier due to technology. I am able to stay connected, provide updates and most importantly navigate my way through India using apps. Google Maps allows me access to my location and to plan the route to my next destination. Whilst some may look at this as taking the adventure side out of it - for a novice like myself it has given me confidence.
I see a totally new travel genre - allowing everyone to have the ability to travel in a completely new way. The power and confidence to taste that sense of adventure that they've always wanted to do but wondered how they were going to do it. Freedom to access new areas to get off the beaten track that so often 'travellers' become obssessed with doing. And that's not even going into Digital Remote Work where it provides opportunities to do your jobs from hit desks around the world!
Whilst I do agree with some of the studies into the negative influence technology can have on one's life - the onus is on the individual how they use it. I am concious of trying to have a healthy relationship with my smartphone - believe me - when walking for extended periods of time there is plenty of temptation! But then this is only a distraction from being in the present moment and the ability to look inward.
Right now I am going to embrace technology and make those refreshing calls and connect back home.