What Type of Traveler Are You?

Analog?
Maps and books that you can fold and touch and turn and dog-ear
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Or

Digital?
Hotel and state guide apps that make travel paper free
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I’m a split personality traveler, gathering my old maps for looking at the overall road trip, and adding a guide book about the Outer Banks which is probably outdated but it’s a good start for me, a first time visitor to the stretch of Outer Banks.

BUT, I have apps for all my hotel reservations that know me by my reward number and a big North Carolina online guide app that while informative, is tough to navigate. I admit to being old enough that I want to rip pages from a guide book to put in a folder so I can plan day trips and be sure not to miss a certain site. That’s hard to do with an app, unless you youngsters can give me some tips on what I could do better.

25 thoughts on “What Type of Traveler Are You?

  1. Digital 100%. Boarding passes. Maps. Reservations.

    Depending on the app, you can bookmark pages that’s just like dog-earring them. You can even put them in a folder but not a manilla one that you are used to.

    My physical maps sit in a box in the basement.

  2. I’m 50-50 because my wife is 100% analog. We always travel together and she likes her guide books and maps. I take care of the reservation apps and GPS settings but she corrects me when she looks at a physical map.

    Is your Irish testy complete?

        1. Too funny. So, to answer that question, yes, my itinerary is 100% set, but not in stone so if I don’t like where I am at any point, I can move on. Only one hotel along the way, Charlotte, did I make non-refundable pay-in-advance reservations. The difference between it and the regular rate was $125+ per night. That’s a lot of dough that could be spent buying NASCAR t-shirts!

    1. Aaah, I think most people walk through life like that – not going anywhere and letting the next day come to them. But maybe that’s not what you meant. Did I misunderstand your comment?

      1. That’s exactly what I meant. Just my sense of humor. Even so, you still got to get up in the morning, that is, unless you’ve been out on an all night bender.

  3. 75% digital, 25% analog. I can’t live without airplane ticket apps and hotel apps but am not as fond of virtual maps. Like you said, I need to turn them in my hand to see which way to head.

    The kids are 100% digital. A map to them is something that should be presented on Antiques Roadshow.

    1. My kids are all digital too and the youngest is 30. One is going back to school to get a degree in restaurant management and all her “books” are on the free new iPad that came included in the tuition. Not only is all the reading material digital, the firm that handles the iPad software for the school, downloaded all the apps she needs – note taking, capus map, her schedule. Even a iPad carrying case and Bluetooth keyboard. I figure some benefactor must have ponied up money specific to technology so each student gets that. It’s not cheap.

  4. I love maps and books for planning a trip, but am about 50-50 for the actual trip.
    Still print out tickets, hotel reservations etc as I always worry my phone will not be charged at the appropriate moment!

  5. I’ve become quite fond of using Google maps on my iPhone when I want directions. If I’ve had a chance to get an overview from a paper map first, all the better.
    I check hotel rates on line and then call the hotel directly. Often that results in a better deal.
    Air tickets and rental cars, I purchase on line but print the confirmations.
    For guide books, I like the Explorers Guide series for the US and Lonely Planet and DK for everywhere else. I’ve been known to copy a few pages rather than lug the whole book.
    On a long plane ride I work on crossword puzzles I’ve torn out of a big book. On long car trips, I listen to whatever Pandora station suits me at the time.

    1. I’ve heard so many others rave about Google maps on their iPhone, that it knows real-time traffic and will reroute you if road A is backed up. I’m not sure I am capable of multi-tasking that much while driving, to pay attention to my phone telling me where to go. Others in the car are busy doing that for me! 🙂
      I always always always call the hotel directly to see if there’s a deal they don’t publish. Never ever use a third party booking company, like Expedia or Trivago. Never. If you need to cancel, the hotel forces you to cancel through Expedia. Had a friend go through hoops trying to cancel a hotel reservation and the hotel wouldn’t even speak with them since the res was made via Expedia.
      You and Brit both print out confirmations and/or boarding passes. I like the digital swipe method for airplanes but am quickly reminded of the recent disaster flying to Iowa. Did I tell that story here?

        1. I’ll make it short. I have the United app. When I checked in I got a digital boarding pass. Mr. EOS checked in online and PRINTED his boarding pass. BUT the United app knew both of us checked in and made a tab for his digital boarding pass on my phone even though he had his on paper in his hand. When I went through the gate, I by mistake clicked his tab and it scanned his boarding pass. I went through. No one stopped me. Mr. EOS was behind me with his paper pass and they wouldn’t let him through because according to the system, he had already scanned his pass!! I didn’t notice he was stopped and was almost on the plane. When I turned around and he wasn’t there, I started to walk back but they eventually let him through. He was none to thrilled.

        2. Ouch! So was he angrier that you didn’t notice he wasn’t behind you or that you got the tabs messed up? Bet that was one cold flight.

        3. The United App pass tabs are very small and tough to determine whose boarding pass is upfront. They should color code the tabs or separate them in a better fashion.

  6. I used Google today for directions to Rehoboth, the MA one. Before leaving home I set the option for no highways. The directions came through the car speakers loud and clear. It worked very well because I wasn’t at all familiar with many of the back roads. We had TomTom’s and Garmins in the past but I found them awkward to use.

    1. Ok. That’s a good enough recommendation to try. Especially the no highway option as I meander through NC, I’d like to do all bank roads. My car has a mediocre GPS system that doesn’t register I’m home even when the car is in the garage!!!

  7. I think an ezeepeezey way to go is use this app called Turbo scanner. The real version will set you back about 4bucks. Anathema to many.
    Then just make turboscans a la iphone of the pages you want to bring along, rather than ripping them out. Also perfect for contractors+commerce!
    Go Tarhills and Foxes!

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