Ditching Your Smart Phone Abroad

By Kati Keenan –  Kati is a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Alumna Ambassador who studied abroad at the University of Newcastle. Kati is from Miami University – Oxford.

Kati Keenan, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Alumna Ambassador

Kati Keenan, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Alumna Ambassador

When I went abroad, I didn’t have a choice to bring a smart phone with me. I had a phone that didn’t have a chip slot to put an Australian sim card in. I was stuck with a phone that’s coolest capability was that it had a flashlight and a game called snake that was in black and white. Never did get past level 9. However, because my phone didn’t have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram I was able to leave my phone behind when I didn’t need it. I was only on it when I had to text one of my Australian friends or make a quick call home. Also another plus, the battery life was amazing. I think I charged it twice while I was abroad. Kidding! But it did last pretty much the whole week!

My amazing phone while abroad.

My amazing phone while abroad.

In all seriousness, it made my experience so much more real not being able to update the world every five seconds. I’ll admit, I was a little bummed when I was there and not able to update everyone on what I was doing every second. But now that I see people abroad always uploading photos and tweeting, It makes me wonder are they even experiencing and seeing what they are taking photos of? They are literally snapping a photo and then immediately uploading it to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and then blasting out an email it to their friends and family.

So take my advice and leave your iPhone, droid, blackberry or any other phone with Internet capabilities at home. You will have such an amazing experience and you can share everything with your friends once you get home or have some free time to post pictures on Facebook!

One Response to “Ditching Your Smart Phone Abroad”
  1. Amy Morin says:

    You’re so very right! I loved my nokia! I never realized how often I would use that flashlight until I came back to the States. It allowed you to live in the present and not have to worry about impressing other people or anything like that. Because of this, I downgraded my phone in the States as well. It’s amazing the people you meet and the things you see when you’re not constantly on your phone.

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