1. 10 Things that disappeared since my first backpacking trip


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10 Things that disappeared since my first backpacking trip

When traveling the world in the late eighties life was quite different compared to traveling today in the Networked Society.

10 things that have disappeared since then are:

1. Going to the telegraph station and requesting an international telephone line in order to make a call home (and becoming financially ruined at the same time)
2. Checking the rates for exchanging the travel checks
3. Going to the travel agency to check the prices for a flight
4. Economizing on film for the camera
5. Sending undeveloped rolls of film back home to be developed when getting back
6. Creating a cassette tape with the perfect mix of music
7. Going to the General Post Office and browsing piles of letters
8. Relying on guidebooks that were several years old
9. Carrying the old style air tickets in thin paper with the IATA logo  
10. Not having the possibility to get or follow any news from home

Written by Mikael Eriksson Björling

Mikael is an Ericsson Networked Society Evangelist and Director at the Networked Society Lab. His specialty is in understanding how new consumer behavior, emerging technologies and industry logics are shaping the future society, and he believes that we have great opportunities right now to shape a better world. Mikael joined Ericsson in 1998 and is based in Stockholm. You can follow him on Twitter at: @mikaeleb

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