Should Nature-and-Adventure Travel Companies Have Smartphone Policies?
|Scooped by Susan Taylor|
As the world continues to jump on to the smartphone bandwagon, it becomes more difficult for us to leave them behind as we embark on a long trip away from home. We have become quite reliant on these small intelligent devices. After all, they allow us do almost anything from checking email to closing the garage door we left open to having 24/7 access to friends and family.
On the other hand, imagine being at Yellowstone National Park, enjoying a rare view of Mamma bear with her two cubs -- only to have that experience spoiled by someone having a loud conversation via his/her cell phone as the bears scare off into the forest.
The author has written a great article about whether or not Nature and Adventure Travel Companies should introduce policies for smartphone use. While most travel agencies do not yet have an official policy, some do see smartphones as an intrusion, requesting that guests not use them in public or common areas. And as cell phone use continues to increase, firmer policies may need to be implemented.
Often times, guests who partake in adventure trips do so with the intention to unplug. They are more than happy to turn off their smartphone for the duration of their trip. Others are unwilling or unable to separate from their digital devices.
From the travel company side, Steve Markle from O.A.R.S. states: "Our trips are really about taking a break from our hyperconnected lives and using wilderness to restore some balance. If you're glued to your phone to help manage a merger or acquisition while you're on vacation, you're missing the magic."
Right now, there seem to be few policies in place around smartphone use on adverture trips. The desire or need to stay in contact is basically up to each traveler.
The next time you are at Yellowstone or on a canoe trip down the Colorado River, what will you decide? Will you digitally disconnect or are you willing to miss the magic?