I arrived in Bangkok airport about two months ago and in less than five minutes after going through immigration I had a 4G SIM card inside my smartphone. I told family and friends on WhatsApp I got there safely and Google Now was already letting me know how long it would take to get to my hostel.
I confirmed online which train to take to get into town, and using GPS and Google Maps I knew exactly where I was all the time. To save the tuk-tuk negotiating the one way system, I got off and walked to my destination in no time. I showed the receptionist my booking code and went straight to bed to fight off the jet lag.
The world is moving and it’s moving fast. Imagine this situation 30 years ago — no Internet, no smartphones, no GPS and no information! Traveling was a lot more challenging in the past and I must say, we have it easy nowadays.
If your excuse for not traveling is because it’s difficult, I respectfully disagree, and I’ll tell you why!
1. Globalization Is Very Real
You’ll find every major brand offering their familiar products, so there is no missing your chai latte or your Big Mac no matter where you are. If your laptop breaks, no worries, just hit one of the thousands of stores and get it fixed.
I thought I was going to a chaotic third world country when I left for Thailand; it was quite the opposite! The city transport system works like a charm, you have skyscrapers everywhere and it has that modern feel.
2. Technology Is Everywhere
When I arrived in Myanmar a month later and saw the amount of people staring endlessly into their smartphones, I wondered if I had gone to the right country! It’s opened the borders to the world recently and you can already see the consequences, both good and bad.
The internet in Myanmar is extremely bad compared to Thailand, but it exists and you can still do nearly everything you need to do — apart from video calls and heavy downloads/uploads. You’re never completely cut off from the world, and if you need to contact someone, it takes seconds.