It wasn’t until today that I actually considered how it affected me.
I woke up early this morning to begin a 12 hour journey from Innsbruck to Brussels. Normally I enjoy long travel days, it gives me time to think and catch up on podcasts. But this morning I felt stressed, knowing that I could not miss trains. I needed to stay on schedule.
I had to get home.
Last night Lily from Explore for a Year loaded the DB Navigator app for Eurail on my iPod Touch as well as the Google map for Innsbruck. She has been using travel apps to help l but my Touch is new so I had no travel apps on it.
I had thirty minutes to get to the train station but I wasn’t completely sure where it was. On the bus I worried I was going the wrong way but the Google map blinked I was headed in the right direction. When I arrived at the station the DB Navigator app told me what gate to go to and when the train was coming.
On the train it showed me the progress, consoling me that I was getting closer.
Some of my favourite travel memories are from getting lost or meeting people who helped me find my way. I remember Mexico fondly because so many people helped the gringa find her way, not knowing any Spanish at all.
If I had travel apps back then I think I would have missed out on those experiences.
But today I didn’t have time for them. I just wanted to get home. So while I won’t use travel apps in the future, I am thankful for technology today. At a time when I was stressed and emotional it really helped. I am in Brussels overnight, one step closer to home.