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Having studied abroad last year in Barcelona, I can personally speak first hand about how staying connected effects the experience of being abroad. I do think that by staying connected via platforms such as facebook and snapchat it limits one from fully immersing in the culture as well as curtails your experience. I believe this because with the ability to always stay in contact with those back home, we never have to fully leave are comfort zone and experience something new, and even if we do, then the need to capture it and show people back home what we are doing. I would always find myself trying to balance being present and enjoying the moment with trying to capture the moment to be able to show friends and family back home.
Although technology can enhance travel by finding a good place to eat on yelp, or changing that last minute flight, it ultimately never allows us to fully disconnect which never allows us to fully connect.