How Technology Changed The Way We Travel

Technology has certainly affected our lives in more ways than we have ever imagined. Previously, we discussed about how Instagram allows us to travel around the world virtually, and today we will hear from 3 youth travel experts. They are also the winners of our Facebook Photo Contest, a component of the recently-concluded Next Stop: Asia. Congratulations to each of them on their win of a $100 travel voucher each!

Here is what they have to say:

1. Isabel Leong

Cambodia, Sihanoukville – 63 likes (as of Sep 19, 2014, 11:59PM)

Technology makes the prospect of living primitively exciting. Living in a treehouse that overlooked the sea was a novelty for a city girl like me.

‘The sun enables life. The rain grants it safe passage’.

Listening to the waves lapping the shore to sleep, the tinkling sounds made by rain hitting the rooftop and waking up to a sunrise by your window.
That’s what living is supposed to be.

 2. Ho Wei Liang

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, along the Tonle Sap River – 65 likes (as of Sep 19, 2014, 11:59PM)

This photo was taken in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, along the Tonle Sap River.
The kids were enjoying their school holidays and this was their idea of fun, running around the bushes and playing hide-and-seek. I guess technology has added complex layers to what fun means to me, involving movies, drama serials and computer games.
Now when I travel, I try to appreciate a simpler sense of fun, something I can get down and dirty with. Besides, no one I know will be there to judge me. Or film my embarrassing moments with their brand-spanking-new iPhone 6.

3. Laëtitia Clem

Night market in Jonker Street, Melaka, Malaysia - 41  likes (as of Sep 19, 2014, 11:59PM)

Night market in Jonker Street, Melaka, Malaysia – 41 likes (as of Sep 19, 2014, 11:59PM)

Technology has changed the way I travel because now it’s possible to find wifi pretty much everywhere. Thanks to Whatsapp I can easily share with my family and friends my first impressions, and send pictures or even recordings.

 

There you go. Those three amazing photos were the winning entries for our Facebook Photo Contest. In addition, we are also giving away 1 x International Student Identification Card (ISIC) worth $25 in special recognition to Corrine Toh for her beautiful photo and writeup. Here’s what she has to say:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - 15 likes (as of Sep 19, 2014, 11:59PM)

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – 15 likes (as of Sep 19, 2014, 11:59PM)

We went to a village to conduct bible study lessons for the less fortunate children and we were greatly amazed by their enthusiasm and spontaneity.

Social media technologies, such as Facebook and Instagram, have enabled me to share my travel experiences, my photos and videos with others readily and conveniently. By posting photos and videos of the mission trip, I hope to inspire and encourage others with similar interests and passion to embark on the mission trip experience too. 🙂

In addition to this Facebook Photo Contest, we also held 3 wonderful seminars. For those who didn’t manage to join us for the seminars, you may download the materials via the links below:

We hope the above entries leave you inspired enough until our next feature. Till then, remember, to live is to travel!

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