Mobile Minded Travelers

Loving to travel is almost inseparable from loving ethnic foods. (And having a pretty hearty stomach to match one's sense of smell does help.) One of the main conventions of fine dining that we are freed from when traveling -- especially in less developed countries -- is the strict seating area and wait-staff paradigm. Some of the tastiest and freshest food to be had when traveling in the East can be found at roadside setups. Mobile restaurants come in all shapes and sizes -- and their vehicular contraptions usually are as interesting as the foods that they offer up. Another benefit is that mobile food carts (some are gourmet restaurants in disguise) can keep unusually early or late hours.

The Mobile Era

Living lives in which we are active and productive and communicative even when we are mobile -- it used to be called "on the go" -- is becoming the social norm. It has been fascinating to watch the progression from the TV generations into the Internet and now the mobile Web. Mobile is much more than a smartphone, in other words.

Being mobile is, we might say, a new attitude. Many people who go out of their house do not want to do similar things to what they were doing inside, like using a computer for email or surfing the Web. But those who do value having the Web at hand all the time grow their options for action when in public.

For example, the wayfaring types who need to travel regularly, and therefore who do it more frequently than others, make great use of mobile Web services and apps that are related to travel. More specifically, it is possible to use these mobile apps to find great eating spots while traveling.

Mobile Tool Chests

The usability and power of mobile devices connected to the Internet for travelers cannot be underestimated or undervalued, because they make thing much easier. That edge, whether slight or massive, over regular (offline) traveling can free up so much time and energy that more can be experienced during one's trips.

Besides using local social networks, maps, user reviews, forums and even YouTube videos posted by other travelers, there are other roles that a smart device can perform for wired travelers. For times when logistical questions have been sorted and there is leisure at a destination, a mobile device can replace heavy books, as well as provide various relaxing pastimes.

Gaming and Eating

In some sense, successful travelers know to play with the entire discovery process whether for food or lodging or other amenities. After all, this process repeats during every trip, and it is a source of great cultural interest and personal enrichment for those who do not begrudge it. Discovering not only basic information and bearings, but also insider tracks to authentic eateries is a challenge that requires poise, determination and wits -- and stamina.

One of the habits that skilled travelers tend to have is taking enough time to relax or even vegetate, if you will, in a new place. There is a lot of sense in allowing one's mind and body not only to unwind but also to literally soak up, breath in, absorb the local environment -- whether it is a downtown upper story hotel room or a simple sanctuary in the country. This apparent "down time" actually contributes to a more energetic up time and activity.

Now in the days of smart devices (which have become rather common and affordable for more people) there are many more ways they can help during down time, as well as when out roving the streets. Sometimes all we need is a little stress-relieving fun, a short thrill, in order to relax enough in a new place and allow us to obtain this needed down time. We must recharge for the next outing.

Some travelers find that bringing along something familiar to focus upon in these moments, before immersing again in the foreign world, is rather effective. In addition to one's own personal content, sometimes a familiar game -- like one at the very popular portal -- does the trick perfectly. Experienced adventurers come to know these little tricks.

Published July 29th, 2013