New technologies have changed our way of thinking about life and travel. Moving with a smartphone, photographing everything and sharing it on social networks has already become a habit for all those who move around the world but, is it as necessary as we believe? We tell you these different travel situations in which you would appreciate that your smartphone’s battery is at 0%.
The air here is different, as are the aromas and sensations. In front of you, a large elephant devours bamboo branches wrapped in a thousand-year-old peace, in the middle of a forest of superlative green. And also, if you tune something in your ear, you can hear the sound of a waterfall not too far away. Everything seems perfect … until something vibrates, and it’s not Earth. It’s your smartphone, on whose screen appears the notification of a WhatsApp group: a bad joke has chased you thousands of kilometers and has just managed to steal you from a wonderful scene …
At a time when new technologies, beep-beep and posture have been camouflaged in all areas of our lives, the need to know when to disconnect is more an obligation than a suggestion.
Especially if you are in one of the following situations in which I would appreciate that your smartphone’s battery is at 0% :
Sunset at the Taj Mahal
We know that going to the Taj Mahal and not taking a photograph could be a sacrilege for many, especially after crossing that threshold that prompts to take the rigorous photo in front of the most beautiful mausoleum in the world. However, once you have succumbed to the publication of Facebook of rigor, turn off the phone and enjoy the many corners of this monument is almost a must. Stroll through its gardens, gaze at the Yamuna River, inspire the mysticism of the inner tombs and wait for a sunset that speaks, alone, of the love story that floats between the domes of this Unesco heritage. So turn it off, because you never know when your ex-girlfriend is going to want to come back with you after seeing your Instagram Story in front of the most romantic monument in the world (sorry, Eiffel Tower).
On a train through India
Trains in India are like time capsules. Places where their colors, hustle and contrasts give almost meditative situations while your trip continues its course. If you travel by train across the Indian subcontinent, do not bother photographing landscapes that pass through all fuses . Just enjoy the pleasure of contemplating a country from its many perspectives without having to move from your seat (or your bed) or, OF COURSE, consult a GPS that you do not need here. Forget about phrases like: “In 300 meters turn right” …
Cooking in Jaipur
Jaipur is one of the best places to inspire the environment of India, including a gastronomy in which Sociedad Geografica de las Indias helps you immerse yourself in the form of cooking classes with our beloved Mita. A class that requires learning, to enjoy the aromas and flavors and which is the best way to explore the Indian culture through their dishes. Photographing each step of the class to publish it may not help that tandoori chicken is well done or the result satisfies you. The kitchens do not understand smartphones, much less those stressful youtubers videos that can never be compared to a live cooking class …
That Mumbai slum
In recent years, the so-called “slum tourism” powered by films like Slumdog Millionaire has become the excuse for many travelers to get lost in some of the poorest areas of cities like Mumbai. Still subject to more than one controversy, slum tourism focuses on the appreciation of poverty by tourists who seek to feel “better people” by photographing a barefoot child or a pile of trash as proof of their commitment to the world. Here you do not need the phone, only the look that leads you to check those wonderful contrasts of the world instead of photographing them to upload them to Facebook and let the world know how generous you are.
In a crematorium in Varanasi
The also known as Benares is one of the most important cities in India. A place where their famous ghats (or spiritual steps) caressed by the river Ganges, the sunset and the songs of the monks that orchestrate the cremations of those who come here to die evoke an atmosphere as supernatural as solemn. Undoubtedly, one of those places where you would like the battery of your smartphone to be at 0%, and even place it in a lit candle and get lost in the darkness of the most sacred river in the world.
Trekking for the Annapurna
In September, after the monsoon, Nepal officially becomes a Mecca of some of the best trekking routes in the world. Different options among which we have the route of the Annapurna Mountains, which can be done in two ways: either for 15 days through the Annapurna Base Camp to reach the peak of 8,091 meters, or the 4-5 route days to Poon Hill from Pokhara. Obligatory routes in which to lose oneself among glaciers, lost towns, mystical temples and wandering pilgrims requires maximum dedication to a place that inspires the pure sense of the word “expedition”. The only battery and energy that you will miss is that of your legs and not the mobile phone , so devote yourself to enjoy magical moments after each step.
A day in Tri Lanka
Yes, all these situations in which we do not need a smartphone are great, but what if I do not find that place on my GPS? What if I do not know where to eat and I want to look for it? Let us tell you that, really, in places like Tri Lanka you will not need it. This ecolodge in the heart of Koggala Lake, in the south of Sri Lanka, is everything your mind and soul need: views of infarction, infinity pool, quantum yoga, organic food and, ultimately, a timeless oasis where you can set your cell phone alarm It is an unofficialized crime (yet).
Yoga in Rishikesh
The so-called capital of yoga fell in love with the Beatles themselves in the 60s to end up becoming one of the great forces of India for lovers of this millennial discipline. A scenario that invites you to practice your asanas, succumb to meditation and let yourself be transported by the murmur of the Ganges River. Mobile? What mobile? Do not! And yoga group from your town asking for photos? A lot less!
Your ayurveda week in Kerala
Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest medicines in the world, being one of the main protagonists of health tourism in India. A therapy that consists in balancing the “doshas”, or different energies of our organism in order to find the balance in the best environment. Especially in the tropical Kerala, state where the best ayurvedic resorts of India are, thank goodness that the battery of your smartphone is at 0% because right now a SMS is arriving canceling that appointment for the doctor that you had on your return and how much effort it cost to get to square. But at this point, who cares?
Sandbank of Maldives
Somewhere not far from the fabulous Baros Maldives resort, a small islet of sand is dotted in the middle of the Indian Ocean ready to be conquered by two lovers. Here space and time are diluted, champagne is an option to take to your desert island and tranquility can be overwhelming. The last place where you would like to receive a WhatsApp … If someone wants to write you do it in the form of a message in a bottle .
Seeing the seen, just in case, we will leave the mobile at home …