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Mini Rant: Is Hotel Technology Killing the Art of Travel?

October 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM | by | ()

Sometimes, we have to take a step back and take a long, hard look in the mirror.

No, not that mirror – the one that doubles as a television – the theoretical one. We admit it: Sometimes, we’re addicted to technology around here. Proof is in the pudding – a number of us confessed recently that fiddling with the television, iPod dock, WiFi, and electrical sockets is the first thing we tackle upon entering a hotel room. It’s understandable, but it’s also a little discouraging when you start to think of it in terms of the big picture.

For sure, all of this hotel room technology is certainly swell, enhancing a guest’s stay in a number of ways, but boy, it sure can make you lazy. There are many examples, the most paralyzing being that you don't have to get out of bed to open or close the curtains. In fact, the television remote does so much now that its ability to turn on the TV is an afterthought. These days, you barely have to interact with anyone while you're on the road – you can check into your hotel room via Skype!

Convenient? Sure. But do you think this trend represents a healthy approach to travel? There is definitely nothing wrong with embracing the benefits of technology, but we’re not so sure that it's a good thing for an obsession to take center stage, to be overly concerned about taping television shows while on the road or fearful of a brief chat with a member of the hotel staff (who by the way is most likely a local and able to point you in the direction of authenticity).

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