Travel is a way to get away from the rigors of society and technology. However, what if you don’t want to get away from the loving embrace of technology.
Tour operators like to say there’s something for everyone. This isn’t just something people say, either. For the tech savvy traveler, there are destinations designed just for them. Now a vacation doesn’t have to mean leaving the tech toys at home.
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On the picturesque tip of the UK is Goonhilly Earth Station. This cluster of satellite communications systems is dotted all over lots of remote hills. These satellite earth stations are amongst the largest in the world.
What makes this so special is its intriguing history. From Goonhilly Earth Station, the first TV broadcast from the United States was received back in July 1962.
There will soon be a newly refurbished visitor’s center opening, but if you can’t wait for that it’s still worth a look. It’s easy to make a detour to.
No tech trip would be complete without adding Japan to the list. In Nagasaki, Huis Ten Bosch’s new Henn Na Hotel will be opening in July 2015.
If you’ve ever dreamed about what a hotel of the future would look like, you’re in the right place. All the hotel staff are actually robots and the every feature utilizes state-of-the-art technology. You can expect to pay a premium for this unique creation, though!
Just over the sea from Japan is another advanced nation in South Korea. The Songdo International Business District is designed to be a model for sustainable living going forward. It cost a massive $35 billion to create and is one of the most futuristic business districts in the world.
Created by Gale International, this organization collaborated with Cisco to craft the city’s infrastructure. To make it even more sustainable, the district was actually built from reclaimed land by the Yellow Sea.
One could say Songdo is entirely recycled!
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is one of the most well-known universities in the US. Anyone who knows a thing about IT is already aware of it because of its place in the history books of technology.
In 1969, a team led by Leonard Kleinrock sent a message over the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network system. ARPANET, as it was known for short, was a computer network. It was one of the earliest incarnations of the Internet and allowed computers to communicate for the first time.
Visitors are more than welcome to the university. You can sample the original system at the university, or if you don’t want to visit in-person you can take a virtual tour.
Who said you had to leave the comfort of your own home to visit somewhere weird and wonderful?
Turn on your inner nerd and fire up your broadband connection. You’ve seen Minecraft, SimCity, and Second Life provide us with virtual worlds. Now you can come closer to reality through tools like Google Earth and Google Street View. Find out where you want to go and zip through all the little nuances of your chosen destination.
You can even visit places that are out of this world. Look for the online Mars tour. It’s a virtual tour that lets you walk on the surface of Mars.
Ideal for the traveler without any money!
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So there you have it. Five destinations for the tech savvy traveler. What other places would you suggest are worth visiting?