In an age of connectivity, we have never been more disconnected. The next time you’re walking down the street, waiting for a flight, or sitting in a café, take a look around. Smart phones are glued to our hands, faces are buried in our smart phones. Having a solo meal without technology within reach spurs a heightened level of social anxiety that hadn’t existed until this past decade. Social media has become a blank canvas upon which we design our lives for others to experience. Our identities intertwined with the inter webs. Advances in technology have changed the world – and travel – forever.
Technology has both connected us more closely to the world and torn us away from it. Because of technology, we have the ability to work from anywhere. We can connect face-to-face with our coworkers, our families, our friends. In some ways, it has allowed us the freedom to explore faraway places while staying connected to people who matter to us most. But in other ways, it has trapped us in a cycle of creating superficial bragging rights over deeply meaningful and private transformation.
This conversation about the social media hamster wheel is an interesting one to join in on.
At AirTreks, travel has always been our true north. We believe it’s the pathway back to authentic connections. It’s the catalyst for personal transformation and a gateway to living a more present life. When you step off the social media hamster wheel and stop fixating on proving to others that your living your best life, and instead focus on being present in real time, you give yourself a shot at living. Really living.
It’s moments in travel that wake us up to a more present and connected way of living.
Whether you stand before one of the great wonders of the world…
Venture through a bustling street market…
Or challenge yourself to navigate a foreign city using a foreign language…
You’re forced to experience life in the present moment. There’s no time to be overthinking about the past or obsessing about the future while you’re taking in a sunset in Santorini, or hiking the trek to Machu Picchu. Life while traveling happens NOW.
Our AirTreks team of travel planners are experienced travelers themselves. We tapped them to share their stories with us. We wanted to hear their real life stories from the road. Moments of struggle, moments of joy, moments of discovery.
Stay tuned for a glimpse into the lives of those brave enough to set off on a truth seeking journey, leaving comfort, security, and technological connectedness behind.
If you’d like to share a story of your own or just connect with us, send an email to: heather at airtreks dot com.