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Your Gut: There’s No Travel App for That!

Posted By Samantha Brown On March 19, 2014 @ 4:10 pm In The Download | Comments Disabled

Here’s some good news for the tech-challenged! No matter how many travel apps [1] you have on your smartphone [2], they can’t replace the kind of serendipity you’ll find when you follow your gut.

I’m not saying that a good app doesn’t come in handy, especially for navigating through those last-minute travel disruptions that seem so commonplace these days. For example, I always download the app of the airline I’m traveling with so I can easily rebook cancelled or delayed flights. HotelTonight is perfect for finding a room during that unexpected layover and AroundMe gets me to the nearest gas station or cheeseburger with no muss or fuss.

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But there’s a point when enough is enough. I know it can be hard, especially for beginning travelers [5], to resist the reviews and information you can find out there on a gazillion travel apps [6]. But many of my most treasured travel memories are of places I got to know in the pre-app world: when I wasn’t searching for the most comfortable bed or the restaurant to end all restaurants. Nothing on your smartphone – none of the accolades and expectations of people you don’t know – can replace your instincts in making any travel experience [7] truly your own. Here’s one I’ll always remember.

I was in Verona, Italy, and not altogether happy with my hotel [8] – it didn’t feel “Italian” enough to me. So I went for a walk and ended up on the outskirts of town in a corner café. Nothing special: Lunch was a convenience-store-grade ham-and-cheese sandwich. But I loved being among a dozen or so Italian-speaking patrons and having no idea what any of them were talking about. Then suddenly a medley from the musical Hair came on the café radio, and soon everyone was singing – in English. “Let the sunshine in, let the sunshine in, the suu-u-uun-shine i-i-inn!” After a little laughter and applause, everyone went back to their separate conversations in Italian. But for me, Jupiter had definitely aligned with Mars [9]. I’ll never forget it.

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[1] travel apps: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/06/5-great-travel-apps-for-the-50-crowd/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[2] smartphone: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/15/got-neck-pain-blame-your-smartphone/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

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[5] travelers: http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-08-2013/samantha-brown.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[6] travel apps: http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-10-2013/travel-apps-to-download.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[7] travel experience: http://travel.aarp.org/ ?intcmp=AE--BL-IL-NTX

[8] hotel: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/20/nonsmoking-hotel-rooms-still-contain-smoke-lung-health-copd/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[9] Mars: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/12/30/newest-retirement-destination-mars/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[10] Holgs: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=702030

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