Is the Internet Ruining Travel?

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  06.06.08 | 12:19 PM ET

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Several high-profile British travel writers think so. In the Times of London, they weigh in on the proliferation of internet cafes, mass emails home and the rise of blogging from the road. Says Wanderlust editor Lyn Hughes: “I like to remember when ‘poste restante’ was the only way of getting in touch. It was so much more exciting then.”

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

4 Comments for Is the Internet Ruining Travel?

Gary 06.06.08 | 2:32 PM ET

Nothing stopping them from not using the Internet.

I wonder if they look back fondly of travel by steam ship as well?

Ling 06.07.08 | 1:45 AM ET

They do have a point. I’ve seen tarvelers sitting for hours in internet cafes - chatting with friends, updating blogs, using skype - when they should be out taking in the sights and sounds which they came to see.

Grizzly Bear Mom 06.08.08 | 3:31 PM ET

I think people do the same things on vacation that they would at home, like send emails or shop.  What is the point of paying hotel bills and airfare when you do the same things you would at home?

ROBERT FARRELL 06.08.08 | 8:15 PM ET

I hope I never become that important and self absorbed that I can not enjoy a vacation without the internet. “OH, the places we’ve been. OH, the things we’ve missed!” Don’t weep you fools, it was your choice to miss the tramp steamer!

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