Why Facebook is the Best Invention for Travelers

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If you are a traveler, living abroad, or just frequently moving around, then I’m claiming Facebook to be the best invention ever created.  

The internet, in general, has dramatically changed the way we live our lives.  It has connected the world in more ways than imaginably possible.  With the recent burst of social media, it feels like the world is getting smaller and smaller by the second.

There’s no doubt that Facebook has had the biggest impact on society in my lifetime, and it probably has strongly impacted your life too (without you realizing it).  Obviously, there is no need for me to explain what Facebook is because I am 99.9% confident that every single person reading this post has a Facebook (just think about how crazy that is for 5 seconds.)

These days, it’s never been easier to connect with people.

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In my current situation, living in Korea 8,000 miles away from my family and friends, Facebook is making my life a million times better.  It is extremely easy to keep in touch with every single important person in my life, within in a matter of seconds.  

Not only is Facebook a place where I can check up on my friend’s lives, but it’s a place where other people can see what’s happening in mine.  Essentially, every single person in my network, no matter where they are in the world, can stay updated on my life even if we don’t regularly chat.  And vice versa.   All I have to do is take 20 seconds to post a status or a picture, and that’s it.  Everyone can see it instantly.  

Furthermore, I can easily stay in touch with all of my NEW friends that I meet abroad!  Nearly every weekend, I am meeting someone new and awesome who is likely from a different country than I am from.  By exchanging Facebook IDs, we can effortlessly keep in touch.  

so23Imagine this scenario:  It’s Friday night and I am getting a drink at the bar with some friends in Gangnam.  I meet some awesome people who are from Brazil, but they are traveling in Korea for a few weeks.  After sharing positive vibes with them for 20 minutes and having a great conversation, we exchanged Facebook ID’s so we can keep in touch.   Just within 20 minutes, I made a (potentially) lifelong connection.  

Guess who I will contact via Facebook when I go to Brazil next year? 

This example situation would have been MUCH more difficult 10 years ago.  We would have had to exchange email addresses, and hoped that the other person would respond to our email.  Otherwise, we’d never find a way to contact each other again.  Ever. 

The point of the story is that you NEVER know who you will meet on the road.  Maybe it’s your soul mate? Maybe it’s your business partner? Maybe it’s your best friend’s future wife?  Staying in touch with the new faces that you meet has never been easier and more fun. It’s like a fantasy world of ecstasy that we live in. 

On the flip side, I do realize that there is a negative side of Facebook, where people abuse it and it gets really annoying.  For example, when people post stupid statuses like “UHHH I don’t want to go to the dentist tomorrow…” or “I <3 my boyfriend so much.  Miss u babe” or “Watching Harry Potter on Friday night at 11PM and eating Popcorn!”  ..You get the idea.  Useless posts that no one gives a sh*t about readings are so annoying.. At least now, we can “hide all posts” from anyone that you don’t want to hear from (thanks Facebook!)

imgresBut, if you use Facebook like it is intended- to easily keep in touch with people in your life across all corners of the globe- then you’re doing it right.

The bottom line is that Facebook is King of all social media, and I don’t see that changing any time in the near future.

The next best internet invention after Facebook in my opinion is Skype, but these days, Skype is available on Facebook.. So, Facebook still remains champion.

Just think about how rapidly we’ve moved in one decade.  10 Years ago, the iPhone and Facebook were merely getting started.   Globalization, social media, and new technologies are emerging every second over the internet.  

The world we live in pretty crazy.  I think that we are in for a pretty cool future  ahead of us 😉 

Do you agree?

2 thoughts on “Why Facebook is the Best Invention for Travelers

  1. I couldn’t agree more! If it weren’t for facebook, I wouldn’t have nearly as many friends as I do now. And the more friends you have around the globe, the more places you have to stay on your next trip!

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