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A very modern holiday

15 August, 2014

Years ago,  if you wanted to go on holiday you went to a travel agent, read a brouchure and gave them some money.  Maybe you would buy a guide book and/or a phrase book, but otherwise you went home  and waited till the departure date. But in the internet age, I have filled the eight months since deciding to go to Reykjavik in various ways, all of which demonstrate how the web now completely dominates our lives.


I booked the flights on easyjet’s website
I researched hostels online
And then booked over the internet
I bought a couple of guide books from Amazon
And I find the recommended places in Google Maps
So I now know where they all are and what they look like

I’ve booked my tour of the Golden Circle online
I’ve booked a walking tour of Reykjavik
And a visitor discount card for museums and buses
And pre-paid for an Icelandic sim card for my phone

I track the exchange rate of the Icelandic kronur
And transfer money into my savings account using a banking app

I am working through a language tuition course on Icelandic Online
And use the google translate website when I’m stuck
I’ve downloaded the google translate app for my phone
Including the offline Icelandic package

I like to check the daily weather outlook in Iceland
I follow various Icelandic twitter accounts
And blogs
Who I message and tweet
And I like to use Facebook to check in to places I will visit

While away, I will use google maps to navigate the streets
And WordPress, twitter, facebook, email, whatsapp and kik to keep in touch with those at home
I’ve set up a flickr account to upload my pics to afterwards
Which I will take using a camera bought from Amazon

And, of course, I bore my blog followers by talking about Iceland


The only thing the internet can’t do is actually take me there, I still need to travel to the airport and then be flown there. But I’m sure in a hundred years or we will be able to send ourselves on holiday by touching a screen and teleporting.



From → Blogging, Iceland

  1. enjoy your holiday. thoroughly.

  2. This is so true. And for those of us who aren’t as organized and don’t plan 8 months in advance, it makes life easier. I went for a weekend in Tallinn and Riga with my boyfriend and thanks to the internet we were able to wait till a few days before to book all our tickets/hostel accomodations, and then used the web to decide what to see after we got there.

  3. Well done. Not bored… Yet.

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