What starts off as a dare turns into a social experiment that becomes a way of life. A young couple creates a fun way to stay connected by disconnecting. Unplugging the phones and being present are the rules. This travel adventure quickly turns into a self-deprecating comedy about bad smartphone habits. Chance encounters and characters met on the road are intertwined throughout.
Is the smartphone addiction phenomenon driving you crazy? Are we relying too much on instant technology? There can be life without these devices, but where is this balance between the tech and physical worlds? Discover how reduction in technology can lead to your serendipitous adventure.
WARNING: Strange things might happen, like conversations and live interactions. You may even develop an insatiable desire for traveling unplugged.
Johnny Welsh has worked as a professional bartender in Frisco, Colorado, for almost twenty years. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he has a BA in Italian Language, Literature and Culture from Syracuse University. His latest hobby is twisting bar topics into books which has won him two literary awards.
I hope that reconnecting with each other will stay strong no matter what distractions are nearby. We need each other to help through difficult times.
Paper Maps, No Apps: An Unplugged Travel Adventure
On the road, in new and unfamiliar places, you often must rely on strangers and your ability to meet, greet, ask, learn, live, and share. I see these social skills in jeopardy with our technology addiction and reliance. I can so easily see a time when real world social interactions begin to feel like work, awkward and daunting. If that future becomes reality, we will have lost something very special about being human, because there is nothing as fulfilling as real connection.