Smartphones are essential among people who have used it since they can remember. It might be a part of their body. On the other hand, as for me, I used to feel resistance in using a smartphone on a trip, but I’ve recently started to use it with a local SIM card. When I was travelling to France in 2019, I booked TGV tickets by SNCF App. However, being involved in the attempted pickpocket incident in Kyiv made me think that I would rather not use a smartphone during a trip to avoid many troubles.

First and foremost, it’s hard to handle having many valuables. I always need to check my pockets with saying to myself like “Passport OK! Wallet OK! Camera OK! Smartphone OK!”. These checks are such a pain in the neck.

Second, if I was engrossed in using a smartphone on a street, I might get involved in incidents. When I looked for the location of the restaurant by Google Maps App and I followed the route by GPS navigation, I strayed off into a blind street without realizing. I can’t pay attention to surroundings when I use a smartphone.

Third, if I understood anything and everything by smartphone, it would reduce the opportunities for me to communicate with locals.

That being said, smartphones are sometimes useful when I want to take a bus. If I just enter my current location and my destination on an App, it shows the optimal route, the bus number and the bus stop where I need to get off. Moreover, it displays the location of the bus at that moment, so it’s unlikely that I would miss the stop. For me, who experienced bus trouble in Los Angeles, this App is tempting.

Fortunately, I’ve travelled without mobile tools for a long time, so I’ll be able to continue travelling without a smartphone. My reasoning and sensibility won’t get beaten by AI.