Why Getting Lost Is Terrible Today

We live in a world of hyper-accessibility. Everything is available at the click of a button, from your itinerary to where to find the best coffee in town. As a result, our perception of distances and roads has changed dramatically. In a world where everything is here all the time, finding out that you don’t know where here is anymore or how to get back to where you were can be devastating. Questions such as “where am I?” and “where do I need to go?” can leave you feeling confused and scared. Ultimately, nobody likes getting lost. But getting lots at the age of high tech and smart tools feels a lot worse. 

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Nobody knows how to survive in the wild

Our ancestors were equipped to survive in the wild. They knew what to eat and which plants to avoid. They understood how to build a shelter for the night. They knew how to get a fire started to keep warm even when the weather is cold. But most of us panic when their smartphone battery is too low to use the smart hub app that controls the heating system, so it’s fair to say that starting a fire in the wild is out of our skillset. You can, however, learn a tip or two from expert survival camps and the Prepared Bee site, which can come in handy in case of an emergency. You may not find your way out of the woods alone, but at least you won’t starve or freeze to death, and that makes getting lost a lot more manageable. 

Everybody relies on modern technology

There is no denying that modern tech can transform your life. Who’s got the time to find the best route on a map when you’ve got an app that does all the hard work for you? Unfortunately, our habit of relying on digital maps and smart applications means that you don’t have any alternative when the tech doesn’t work. The question is not how many people can read a paper map, but how many of us take one when they travel. 

People don’t practice their navigation skills

While using a GPS can make your life easier, it also affects your natural sense of navigation. Indeed, hyper-reliance on electronic navigation systems can hinder your sense of direction. Being able to create a mental map of your destination involves memory for landmarks and the ability to connect them to create a route. Unfortunately, using a GPS solution prevents people from developing their directional skills. 

You don’t speak the lingo

Everything would be a lot easier if you could ask for directions. However, when you’re last in a foreign country, you may struggle to meet locals who speak English. Additionally, how many travelers know ta foreign language and are confident speakers? The answer is not many. As such, you are likely to panic when you lose your way in a foreign city because you’re unsure of how to get directional information from the locals. 

Oops, I don’t know where I’m going! 

Everybody can get confused in a new destination. However, it becomes essential to relearn some old-school skills that have been forgotten with the rise of technology. From boosting your survival skills to figuring out how to read a map, you need some basics to feel more confident on the road.