Weeks before one experiences an unknown place, a virtual tour has already happened. Acquiring knowledge about the climate, food, local language, currency, and so on is now a prerequisite.
"Be well prepared," they'd say. More so if you want to avoid unwelcome surprises.
When I visited Goa last month with wifey and kids, I had already taken a virtual tour of the city and decided upon my daily itinerary - thanks to the numerous travel blogs. I even stuffed my knapsack with all the must-haves.
Can't help but wonder: does the term "explorer" really describe today's traveler or are we mere visitors?
When the likes of Vasco da Gama and Hieun Tsang set sail, they had a vague idea (at times, no idea) about both their journey and final destination.
Guided solely by handmade maps, the North Star, and a non-mechanical compass, these brave men had the heart to…