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415x250Whether you’re studying abroad, or simply going abroad for a vacation, it’s important to be mindful of how much or how little technology you plan to use. People are often buried in their smart phones today, without giving a thought of looking up. But it’s also okay to share your experiences on social media–moderately, though. Here are the do’s and don’ts of using technology overseas:

Don’t: Use the Internet Too Much

It’s kind of a lot to ask for you to never use the Internet on a trip. The online world actually comes in handy for a lot of things these days–reading maps, finding local places to eat, finding your way around–the list goes on. Make sure, though, that you’re soaking up the city experience and learning from the new people around you. Don’t walk around with your face buried in the phone. You won’t get more cultured that way and you’ll look plain rude.

Do: Write a Blog

When you do have that down time to spare, share you experiences with your friends and relatives back home. Keep a daily blog to post everything you did that day to let your family know what you’ve been up to. Writing is not only a great stress-reliever, it’s also a great tool to get down your thoughts and ideas. Post photos and describe the events you went to. Travel blogs are great resources, too.

Don’t: Wear Headphones

Just like staring at your phone, headphones, too, create a distraction from the world around you. Sure, that’s exatly what people want to do–distract themselves by listening to some music. But when traveling abroad, it’s not only a good idea to avoid them, but also safe. It’s important to be in tune with what’s going on around you, including all the sounds.

Enjoy the sounds of the city or the countryside–wherever you may be. Don’t drown out your travels.

Do: Take Photos and Videos

Just because it’s not smart to absorb yourself in technology during your whole trip, does not mean you can’t document it. In fact, you should document a lot of things. Photos and videos are memories! Just be sure you aren’t posing to social media every second of the day. Save that for at night when you have some down time.

This post has been provided by Our Finesse Collection, offering luxury vacations at small luxury hotels across the globe.

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